Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 02, February, Richmond Park

Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 02

February

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.

thechangingseasons_6367Now 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).

Richmond Park

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.

The Landscape

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.

 

Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 02

Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 02

The Benches

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.

Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 02

Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 02

A splash of colour

I could not resist a snap at this jogger, I just love her colourful jogging leggings, don’t you?

Selfie Time

Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 02

Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 02

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.

Macro

Majestic Trees

Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 02

Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 02

The Tree

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

  21 comments for “Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 02, February, Richmond Park

  1. February 23, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    What an epic photo gallery! But do you really have flowers already? That’s amazing! I especially like the tree and bench shots, and the way you organised your post into themes, or subjects.

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    • February 23, 2015 at 6:21 PM

      Thank you of course you like the organised side of my mind hehe..grinz. Thank you for looking through all of them i simply could not decide which ones to post and which ones not, I am like a child in a sweet shop when it comes to photos. I love the trees and benches too, so great minds think alike. yes those flowers are out they are soo pretty arent they? x

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  2. February 23, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    Justine has prepared a whole array of the most beautiful park , on a gorgeous day .
    I love the pictures of trees in back and as has been telling each photo groups by region or time of your walk . Things have suddenly gone the crocus ( blue flowers ) ! also I have in my garden and still not poke a little.
    The result is beautiful .
    Mariángeles .

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    • February 23, 2015 at 6:19 PM

      thank you Mariangeles, so glad you like the photos, i had a hard time choosing which ones to post lol, like a child in a sweet shop hehe x

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      • February 23, 2015 at 6:22 PM

        It will be for making lots and lots of photos …
        The same happens to me when I have to choose to publish only a few , which I doubt always be the kindest and , in the end, I put on the blog are what I like most .

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        • February 24, 2015 at 7:36 PM

          yes exactly you have to please yourself first and hopefully then that will please your readers 😀

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  3. February 23, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    Wonderful post Justine and so beautiful photos, thanks for sharing 😀

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    • February 23, 2015 at 6:18 PM

      Thank you Irene glad you liked them 🙂 PS my earrings arrived they are sooo pretty thank you x

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      • February 23, 2015 at 6:25 PM

        It is great photos Justine. Happy to hear you received your packet today 😀 Will you be so kind to leave a review at Etsy, when you are allowed to, they don’t allow so fast, but anyway.

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  4. February 23, 2015 at 7:16 PM

    So many lovely scenes ( Nice texture with the tree by the water and little girl) Watching and documenting the changes of one place is a great idea.
    Who could not like the whimsy of the owl? We have a parrot flock that became wild – they are probably shivering today as it’s about 31 (F) and dropping. Normally they shelter under the eves of local stores with lights in the overhangs – or fly into the big box hardware store and hang on on the bird seed aisle..which seems to have an open birdseed bag when needed.
    Enjoyed walking along

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    • February 24, 2015 at 7:42 PM

      awe so glad you liked the walk, i love it and never get bored. The little girl is my son haha, and he had his hair cut you should have seen it before lolol…Don’t worry he is quite pretty and with the wild hair until he opens his mouth he often gets mistaken for something at least lol. Those parakeets are crazy they are like bird mafia they do terrorize all our native birds, apparently itis legal now to shoot them which is really odd considering they are in public spaces and one wouldn’t be allowed a gun there hah x

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      • February 24, 2015 at 8:44 PM

        Oh sorry – I was flipping back and forth through pixs while commenting and brain “generic child” I guess. It’s so nice to have such a place where children and roam a bit. ..e.ven if you have to watch out for wild wild birds who have flown the coop and have no plans to return

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        • February 24, 2015 at 9:27 PM

          Heh no need to apologise and yes that swan on the lake went wild I’m not sure if it was attacking another bird but it was all a bit dramatic lol x

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  5. February 23, 2015 at 11:25 PM

    Beautiful collection of photos Justine! ❤

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    • February 24, 2015 at 7:50 PM

      Thank you Nancy which one do you like best? x

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      • February 25, 2015 at 2:45 PM

        Do I have to choose one??? 🙂 Impossible! I love the elderly couple on the bench…the owl in the tree…the closeup of the tree with the beautiful lighting…and of course, anything with the boys!

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        • February 26, 2015 at 2:36 PM

          awe thank you, i know, its hard to chose, thats how i feel when I am meant to be cutting down the selection to post lol, its terribly hard x

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  6. February 24, 2015 at 11:25 PM

    Wow! And I thought I posted a lot of photos 🙂
    Lovely walk around Richmond Park with you and it always makes me envious that you Londoners get the spring flowers about 3 weeks than the rest of us. A nice pop of colour there. Your walk would go down well on Jo’s Walks https://restlessjo.wordpress.com/ and your benches fit nicely into my bench challenge so I really enjoyed walking with you and your boys enjoying the sunshine – great photography.
    Jude xx

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