Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 04
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.
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 😀
This time I went back to the lakes which you saw in March’s post, I also went back to see if those two lovely dollies were still stranded. They had been saved! This photo session was done in one batch but my camera died on me and hence my trustee iPhone came out to take over part way.
We started off by heading down to the Pen Ponds Cafe, with sticks and leads at hand we headed up rather than down to begin with.
Off on our way trekking towards the magical forest, the boys manage to fit in a little bit of pre-climbing before the serious stuff begins.
Contemplation time, plans to make, a child’s life is hard right? Lots of adventures to be had and…Magestic trees to view, yup I think that one way to high to climb, mothers near heart attack all over thank goodness as they walk by. However we get distracted by a rather cute bulldog flirting with Teddy and giving him a run for his money, she even poses with a rather crunchy stick in her mouth!
Then we head in to the deep, dark depths of the magical forest.There are lots of dens again to be found, to nestle in to and then Teddy ruins it all by dislodging a branch that canopies one of the dens and decides to play tug of war with my eldest…sighs!
The kids give up with the tug of war and decide to play batons instead with sticks, Teddy watches on until….He gets chased by some rather small pony or huge dog, it went by so fast I’ve no idea which! AT LAST I get a decent capture of a bird, namely one of our resident Parakeets that are copious in Richmond Park. Though they are prolific and rather bullish they are also rather cute to look at and oh yes rather noisy! Then some lovely ladies pass us on horseback from Kingston Stables. At least that is where I ‘think’ they came from, I did get distracted by the rather wonderful horses.
Then we wind our way down, heading towards the lakes, but not quite there yet. We are greeted with a great expanse of park land with what seems like lots of camouflaged heads peeking over the grass, what could it be?
Peekaboo! Or am I dozing off?I think I woke him…uh oh! Spotted. Alright I shall move on and annoy another…who seems to be dozing. Oh great, not dozing but now apparently grinning for the camera, how lovely. Or maybe not! Uh oh, looks annoyed, I best go. So the children and Teddy patiently wait for me to take my deer shots and I am very pleased AT LAST again to have gotten some close ups. Now we are getting rather hot with all this walking and decide to finally head to the lakes, glorious.
The tree that held the colourful dollies was still there but not the dolls, I am not sure whether I was glad or sad.Teddy didn’t care about dolls, all he wanted to do was rest and roll in the grass.
Some joggers put me to shame as they swept past.After winding our way around the track that snaked around the lake, I spotted a lovely couple relaxing and taking in the view. It reminded me of spending time with my mother who has since passed away. Her birthday however was on the 21st of this month, so I wrote a poem and featured the bench post in it. If you like poems and wish to see it, the link is here: Eclectic Corner #10 Unconditional Love.
We are nearing the end of our journey now, so I give you another view of the lake and solitary swan.Plus a sign that Spring is glad to be here. How does my youngest still have the energy to climb up curly trees?
Unfortunately our lift did not arrive to take us home, so we trekked some more, right across the park, it certainly was a challenge. On the way it rather tickled me pink to take photos of all the people and cars that always stop to take photographs of the deer. They really are a feature piece of the park.
We embark on our long trek home…My youngest’s hair competes with a tree… They rest and finally we get picked up, rather sweaty and tired we all are now!
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