Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 03, March, Richmond Park

Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 03

March

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.

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 😀

So I did things a little differently this time.  Firstly I did not go to the same area of Richmond Park but discovered a new bit, how exciting!  Secondly I did this in two batches.  Don’t ask me why it is just the way things went.

I have also used both my iPhone and Bridge Camera on both these trips, so a little mix!

I started out at a lower point of Richmond Park and worked my way up a hill, this is where I spotted this magnificent tree, there were a few but this one definitely the most striking, my kids of course could not help but try to climb it, boys will be boys!

Changing Seasons March Pens Pond

Changing Seasons March Pens Pond

If you are wondering my youngest did manage to get up on to the tree, he is like a rat up a drainpipe!

Teddy was having a wail of a time, running up the hill and leaving us all behind, none of us knew what to expect on this walk.  My eldest is trying a bit of dangerous jumping I think, I am sure there is a name for such a thing, or is it that he is trying to take flight?

We came across the beautiful Royal Ballet School which as you can see was quite a sight to see.  I have given the link in the name if you wish to read more about it.

Changing Seasons March Royal Ballet School

Changing Seasons March Royal Ballet School

Then we started to veer towards the lakes, we found three all in all.  Up until that point I had no idea there were other bigger lakes in Richmond Park, most will find this odd having lived here four years, but with not being able to get out and now having the ability to, it has been quite a discovery and very exciting for me.

As usual yes, I found a bench, I couldn’t help photograph a father taking a piccie of his baby with mother, then noticed that I look like an absolute giant with my shadow selfie, scary stuff.

Changing Seasons March Pens Pond

Changing Seasons March Pens Pond

The boys discovered some lovely trees, the type that bend over low to the ground, the easy ones for climbing and nestled inbetween two branches we found two dolls, they looked in prime condition, Teddy had a good sniff.  I didn’t remove them as thought perhaps the Owner might realise and come back again, but they made for a good photo opportunity.

I then had a classic moment which tickled me pink.  I saw a couple taking a selfie, then someone photographing them, I thought hey lets join this line up and take a photo of him taking a photo of themselves.  Haha..they didn’t notice!!

Changing Seasons March Pens Pond

Changing Seasons March Pens Pond

On this walk we were approaching sunset time and though yes there is a lovely little filter on this, hopefully you get the idea of how magical it was.

Changing Seasons March Pens Pond

Changing Seasons March Pens Pond

Another bench was found of course.  Then I discovered a gap between the foliage around the lake, all the birds were in this area and flying around as well as hoping for food I presume, so it gave me a great photo chance to finally get some aviary shots.  Though not the close up detailed ones I would so love to achieve, I was very happy with them nonetheless.

Sunset approaches

Changing Seasons March

Changing Seasons March

The second walk.

This time we approached from point where the lakes are which is a little higher up, we were a little above, had the choice to go down to them or up to a hilltop and see what was amongst the trees.

If you are a tree lover you will love this post of course.

Going up to the top of this hill was a Magical Kingdom.  There were some amazing dens, I have no idea who built them, but they were everywhere, if I was a child I would have been in heaven, it’s on my to do list to go back when the weather is warmer.

I also found the trees here to be very dramatic, the knots, the bark, the way they stood majestically, proud to be a part of their Kingdom.

There was a father with a toddler when we went up the hill and I noticed along the path he had walked all these little teddy bears carved in to the mud.  I had seen him doing something at the time, but ignored it as was distracted by something else, but found it rather sweet.

Changing Seasons March Pens Pond

Changing Seasons March Pens Pond

Now we come on to the deer, who were resting and minding their own business safely tucked away until I came along.  No bottoms this time which is great, not quite as close or zoomed as I would like, nor clear, but good enough for me to enjoy at least.  I think the excitement gets to me and gives me a shaky hand.

I saw these carvings on the tree bark, two sets, they are quite dramatic and wondered about the stories behind them, how old they might be etc.

Then we went down to the lake.  A bit brighter this time, but bitterly cold so we didn’t stay too long, but Teddy got to see his avian friends.

That is all from me for this month!  I hope you enjoyed.

Changing Seasons March Pens Pond

Changing Seasons March Pens Pond

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

  31 comments for “Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 03, March, Richmond Park

  1. March 23, 2015 at 7:59 PM

    These are just beautiful. Makes me want to be there right now. 🙂

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    • March 24, 2015 at 2:10 PM

      aew, you would love it maybe a cuppa and sit under a tree x

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  2. March 23, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    Qué buen paseo y que bellas fotos.
    Estas mejor? Saludos.

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  3. March 23, 2015 at 10:18 PM

    Looks like a great day in the park! Thanks for sharing all the photos.

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  4. March 23, 2015 at 11:08 PM

    You should join in with my bench challenge, you are obviously a bench person 😀
    https://smallbluegreenwords.wordpress.com/bench-series/
    Jude xx

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    • March 24, 2015 at 2:08 PM

      hah yes i love benchs, however, they do seem to come up at random times, we just have the usual traditional wooden ones here 😀 x

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      • March 24, 2015 at 2:36 PM

        I am always surprised how many random benches I managed to capture in my photos, which is why I decided to post some of them! But join in if you feel like it 🙂

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        • March 26, 2015 at 1:59 PM

          thank you its a great idea i might see if i find some on holiday 😀 x

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  5. March 23, 2015 at 11:13 PM

    What a glorious collection Justine. I love that last photo of the lake in the first walk and all the photos of Teddy and your boys really make it special. And you deer! They are great! The ones where you’ve got them facing the camera are very cool! Xx

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  6. March 24, 2015 at 12:40 AM

    This collection could make a coffee table book, Justine. They are beautiful. The trees up top are incredible. I could see them being used in the movies! The deer photos are very up close, I think. You got intimate with me, deer. ;-o Your covered-up cold picture is a great closer, too, pretty woman. Great day in your park, my friend.

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    • March 24, 2015 at 2:07 PM

      ooh than you now that is a wonderful thing to say, i never thought of that I could make it in to one, that would be fun!

      Haha re the deer, you do make me laugh. I will get closer with me deer one day for sure wink wink.

      I always feel very blessed to live so close to such a lovely place x

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  7. March 24, 2015 at 1:39 AM

    Absolutely lovely photos. Makes me want to go outside and go exploring…if only there wasn’t still snow on the ground! I especially love the “Magical Kingdom.” What a perfect place for an adventure!

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    • March 24, 2015 at 2:05 PM

      awe thank you that is a lovely thing to say. Shame you have snow, always surprises me how different the weather system is here and there, we are getting odd bouts of sunshine then black clouds here x

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  8. March 24, 2015 at 3:15 AM

    Such a wonderful collection, Justine! I love the tree, and the deer, the dolls, and ….. oh, they are all just lovely! Your boys look like they had great fun. Beautiful changing season shots! 🙂

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    • March 24, 2015 at 2:04 PM

      hehe than you and if the dolls are there next time i shall definitely take them, they looked brand new, it was odd that they were there x

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      • March 24, 2015 at 3:47 PM

        I wonder if perhaps the owner was watching? They are gorgeous.

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        • March 26, 2015 at 1:57 PM

          they are and i am tempted to go back but its in the middle of nowhere so wouldn’t imagine someone watching x

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  9. March 24, 2015 at 12:22 PM

    Wow, what an amazing collection of images Justine! The ones of the tree standing alone are my favourite, thank you for sharing si much with us!

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    • March 24, 2015 at 12:38 PM

      it’s a plesure to share especially when i get a reaction like yours 🙂 x

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      • March 24, 2015 at 1:33 PM

        And well deserved as always 🙂 !

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  10. March 24, 2015 at 12:43 PM

    Lovely scene.

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  11. March 25, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    This was a long and awesome post. A lot of different scenes and those deer look amazing. Those little caves look like fun too!

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    • March 26, 2015 at 1:50 PM

      yay glad you liked it it spanned over two days 🙂 Those dens are amazing, I would have had a field day in my childhood had i had these kind of things around x

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  12. March 28, 2015 at 6:28 PM

    What a glorious tribute to March and a fine collection! I could pass the day looking at this post! Great! xx

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    • March 29, 2015 at 8:39 AM

      Awe thank you. Someone suggested it should be made in to a coffee table book. I’m seriously considering it hehe x

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      • March 30, 2015 at 3:48 PM

        You’ve got a wide collection of interesting photos that could turn into an interesting coffee table book, I’d say go for it if you can! 🙂

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