Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 04, April, Richmond Park

Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 04

April

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 😀

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…

The Changing Seasons #4 April

The Changing Seasons #4 April

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.

The Changing Seasons #4 April

The Changing Seasons #4 April

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.

The Changing Seasons #4 April

The Changing Seasons #4 April

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….

The Changing Seasons #4 April

The Changing Seasons #4 April

He gets chased by some rather small pony or huge dog, it went by so fast I’ve no idea which!

The Changing Seasons #4 April

The Changing Seasons #4 April

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!

The Changing Seasons #4 April

The Changing Seasons #4 April

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?

The Changing Seasons #4 April

The Changing Seasons #4 April

I think I woke him…uh oh!  Spotted.

The Changing Seasons #4 April

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Alright I shall move on and annoy another…who seems to be dozing.

The Changing Seasons #4 April

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Oh great, not dozing but now apparently grinning for the camera, how lovely.

The Changing Seasons #4 April

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Or maybe not!

The Changing Seasons #4 April

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Uh oh, looks annoyed, I best go.

The Changing Seasons #4 April

The Changing Seasons #4 April

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.

The Changing Seasons #4 April

The Changing Seasons #4 April

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.

The Changing Seasons #4 April

The Changing Seasons #4 April

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.

The Changing Seasons #4 April

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Plus a sign that Spring is glad to be here.

The Changing Seasons #4 April

The Changing Seasons #4 April

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…

Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

My youngest’s hair competes with a tree…

Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

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

  32 comments for “Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 04, April, Richmond Park

  1. April 25, 2015 at 6:47 AM

    Just amazing – wonderful photos – live journey and valuable time with family!

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  2. April 25, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    The sunshine is lovely! So are the doggies and the deer! I’m not giving up the idea of seeing this park perhaps one day 😉

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  3. April 25, 2015 at 12:31 PM

    beautiful images!

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  4. April 25, 2015 at 1:52 PM

    Wonderful photographs of my favourite park which has been my local hunting ground for most of my life up until we moved to Crete!

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    • April 28, 2015 at 1:58 PM

      awe when did you move? I would miss it dreadfully but now you get more sunshine than us i imagine and equally beautiful places? x

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      • April 28, 2015 at 2:03 PM

        We’ve been partly here for six years but not until just before Christmas did we move lock, stock and barrel. The sunshine makes a lot of difference to my health and there are some beautiful places, yes, but you know what? There’s nowhere quite like Richmond Park and I really do miss it, particularly when walking the dog. We were in East Sheen but as a child we lived in Richmond. Ah, me. Sigh!

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        • April 29, 2015 at 7:51 AM

          awe, I write a blog on East Sheen,btu looking at it might bring back too many memories, but if you want to look it up its Living in East Sheen.co.uk

          I love it here, but imagine where you are fabulous also, glad to meet another Sheenite or ex Sheenite hehe x

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          • April 29, 2015 at 11:13 AM

            I’ll always be a Richmondite and Sheenite! We also lived in Sheen when I was a teenager. Will check out the Sheen blog. Happy Wednesday!

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            • May 3, 2015 at 8:36 PM

              Oh I always wonder what my sons will have to do for fun when they are teenagers in east sheen x

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  5. NotAPunkRocker
    April 26, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    Great pictures, but I especially love the parakeet!

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    • April 28, 2015 at 1:56 PM

      yes me too, it’s taken so long to get a decent photo of a bird they always fly away oddly! Lucky chance x

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  6. April 27, 2015 at 4:35 AM

    Fantastic walking along with you! Great great photos and a awesome post too Justine! The Cardinal Guzman Idea sounds interesting. BTW I’ve never associated parakeets to England – mind boggling!

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    • April 28, 2015 at 9:46 AM

      I’ve never associated them with England either. perhaps it’s a runaway parakeet?
      Feel free to join the challenge if you’d like!

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      • April 28, 2015 at 10:21 AM

        ah yes, I think I put a link in another post about the parakeets, they did in fact escape many years back and now they are ‘wild’ and very prolific in this area x

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      • April 28, 2015 at 11:01 AM

        Thanks!

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    • April 28, 2015 at 1:53 PM

      yes maybe you will come and join us on this challenge but either way thank you so much for coming along with me on this walk and enjoying it. The parakeets escaped years ago from somewhere and increased in numbers now they are like the mafia birds in this area lol x

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      • April 29, 2015 at 3:50 AM

        And here they say if a parakeet escapes from its cage they won’t survive .. another myth down the drain! I don’t know if I’ll be able to post for this challenge … but it was lovely seeing yours! Thanks for the invite!

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        • April 29, 2015 at 7:45 AM

          hah yes the myth totally blown and yes it’s a year long committment the challenge so not to be taken lightly, still I hope you come back to visit Richmond Park via my entries monthly and see the seasons. Lovely to speak with you xx Sorry I’ve not swung by for a whiel been totally inundated with R.L x

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          • April 30, 2015 at 5:07 AM

            I just read recently that parakeets used to be native to a zone in the U.S. but have become extinct! Isn’t that crazy? Nice to see you too dear lady! Know how blogging can really bog one down … as you say … this is a year long project … but we shall see!

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            • May 3, 2015 at 8:40 PM

              Hah yes how odd they are extinct there and here they are being culled!

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              • May 4, 2015 at 4:32 AM

                LOL … ah life is certainly surprising!

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  7. April 27, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    Those growing antlers look quite painful! Great post 🙂

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  8. April 28, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    That park is more than decent! It looks like a huge place and a great place to photograph for this challenge.

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    • April 28, 2015 at 10:20 AM

      Thank you and I need to now find a different area of the park to get to for May, my next challenge. Glad you are enjoying the views 🙂 x

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  9. May 2, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    So lovely that you have that enormous green space close to you in London. Nice shots of the deer 🙂

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    • May 3, 2015 at 8:45 PM

      Thank you and yes I always appreciate how lucky I am x

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