Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew

The Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. Personally I much prefer RHS Wisley (which is also local to me!), but the old glasshouses at Kew were very interesting to see.

A real shame about the jets coming over low every other minute. How do people live with that around there? Some of London's most expensive houses have that overhead daily? Shame for them.








One every other minute..
























Monday, 26 November 2012

The darkness of the winter forests

Okay. I get it. This was the year of "grey". And rain, and darkness. And winter is now upon is, so any hope the year might improve is kind of gone, as the days shorten away to slivers of slightly less dark periods between the long nights.

From a photographic perspective, a lack of light presents challenges. After all, photography is capturing light. So if you have poor light, you get poor photographs. Right?

Maybe it just needs a different frame of mind: embrace the darkness, and emphasize it.

The bare drabness of the winter forests can be quite beautiful too, even on a dark and rainy day or night.












Light painting some abandoned machinery.


A light painted tree.






WWII pill-boxes.