Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 02
Cardinal Guzman has come up with a very good idea and that is to photograph monthly something scenic, be it urban or rural. To then capture this again in a month’s time and repeat until a complete year of shots is taken. I am taking it that one should take shots of the same area to show the difference through the Seasons, but I guess this doesn’t have to be the case, just my take on it and choice I suppose.
For those of you interested in joining, don’t worry about the dates, there is no final deadline, just a suggestion, so you still have time to go out there and create a gallery for this lovely monthly exhibit.
Now on to my photos for Cardinal’s Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons (click the link to pop by his blog and read all about it).
As you will know one of my favourite places to go is Richmond Park and this is the place I aim to photograph once a month until the year is up.
This time around we went in the afternoon, it was a surprisingly sunny day, by the time we left the sleepy sun was feeling it’s heavy lids as it started to drop behind the skyline.
I was wondering about the many things I love about this area and working through the photographs trying to chose which ones to include and which ones not, I was realising that one of the main attractions for me are the majestic trees. There is just something that for me personally I take great joy out of when looking at the shapes they form, the contrast against the background or the way they might highlight something, also knowing if they were able to speak, how many tales they would have to tell from all their many years.
You will be able to see collectively all the posts on my Changing Season by clicking this link:- Changing Seasons of Richmond Park
I am also starting a bit of a collection of photographing benches, here are two unrelated favourites: – Weekly Photo challenge: Shadowed – the other one you will see in last months post and some more in this months.
I have presented the photos in gallery format but if you are looking at them from a desktop you might one to click each one to make bigger, if you are so inclined and see that each one is labelled 😀
A little bit of Spring tries to peek through
The Owl and the Deer
I love how someone cemented an owl in to one of the trees on the pavement towards the park. The sun as you can see was splintering across the regal looking gates in to Richmond Park. There were no deer to be seen, not surprising considering the sign you will see below, they are most likely hiding in the forest.
As you can imagine Richmond Park is a wonderful place to walk and with your four legged friends, as long as they behave. One of the views I love is from this angle where you get the high rise blocks backing the rural park infront.
Off we go
My two lovely boys came with me, going through Richmond Park the way we have gives them a lovely long gravely downhill path of which they go down at speed, boys will be boys. I am absolutely rubbish at seemingly getting birds to pose for me I always end up with back ends of both deer and our feathered creatures, but still I thought he looked rather nice monochrome, though he is black already.
Another bit of fun is you always find various creative dens built around trees and in the forest, morphing and changing each month.
Feral London Parrots
Yes we have parakeets in Richmond Park and it’s surrounding area. Though they are not native, they are now bountiful, they are very noisy and go around it appears in gangs sometimes terrorising our native birds however on the upside they are very nice to look at.
There are various rumours as to how they actually got here, but here is one:-
One popular rumour is that a few birds, who presumably didn’t want a career in the movies, fled from Shepperton Film Studios, during the making of the John Houston film “The African Queen”, with Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn, in 1951.
As you can see we have other avian wildlife, however they made for a good photograph when I looked up after having photographed my sons by the lake, they were like skittles on the branch all lining up waiting to be toppled off.
I just love this tree by the lake and how it frames the picture here. Playing with a bit of monochrome was fun.
Now we have the benches of course. I think they all tell a story, in one photographic event I had one bench with three different people on. The first two photographs are two different benches, the first seems not so popular to sit on. The second still gets a lake view but slightly further set back, gives a bit more privacy perhaps? The last one the most popular of course you can tell by the view.
The sun just started to show its sleep head here.
I don’t know what my youngest was doing here but he was captivated for quite some time which is rare.
A splash of colour
I could not resist a snap at this jogger, I just love her colourful jogging leggings, don’t you?
Here we have worked our way 3/4 down the path, towards the other gate. There is an area of the forest where my youngest always shouts “water parkour”. This always gets my attention, normally with the dread of muddy and or wet clothes. Parkour is apparently the craze of being able to jump up and over things like gravity doesn’t exist. Of course it is just an excuse for my son to jump over the small river and usually miss the other side and get wet.
This is right at the end of our journey in Richmond Park. Here we have our favourite tree or one of them. There are of course so many to chose from. This one looks like it was split by lightning, it is nearly hollow inside and apart from the fact it is stunning against the backdrop it also is great to climb in and on.
Thank you for viewing my gallery today, I would love to chat, have some feedback, so please don’t go away until another season, Justine xxx
© Justine Nagaur