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A day in the death of a tree

A day in the death of a tree

When you’ve already called one post ‘bench’ in the past, it’s hard to think of another title when the image is of another bench.

This particular bench is 180 degrees around from the image I posted yesterday. In an area that is so scenic it was odd to see this bench tucked away where it doesn’t really have a view of the main attractions of the location we were at, but I guess it’s a nice quiet(ish) spot where you could perhaps eat a picnic lunch.

Autumn is possibly my favourite time of year; seeing red leaves scattered on the floor is such a simple pleasure.

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The seat under the tree

The seat under the tree

I bet this seat is a lovely place to hide from the sun on a blisteringly hot day, the leaves providing a natural and colourful canopy. I bet you could even spend a nice relaxing hour laying down in it and having a nap like a hobo.

In winter, not so much.

The bench is in Kew Gardens which I visited over the New Year period, making use of their free pass tickets that they give out at the end of the year.

The tree is there also :)

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A cold seat

A cold seat

It came a little earlier than last year, but London now has snow. Yay.

I like it during the early stage when it’s freshly settled and nice and white, and when it gives a satisfying crunch as you walk through it. I’ll be cursing it in a few days time when it’s turned to brown mush and lethal ice patches.

On Friday night I took a nice walk after work. It was still snowing a little but had eased off from during the day so I was able to stay out for a few hours and get some nice shots. The streets were pretty empty compared to usual and so I was able to snap a few images from the Southbank, such as this one, without having to wait for hoards of people to pass. I took another walk yesterday but the snow was a little too heavy to get too many shots.

Hope everyone else had a lovely weekend.

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Snow Seat

Snow Seat

Remember that day of snow London got this year? Yeah, that was awesome…but seems like such a distant memory now. Here’s a shot of a bench in Greenwich park that day, where people gathered to build snowmen, throw snowballs and slide down hills on plastic sleds. It’s also where we went to shoot some fireworks in the evening – happy days.

Today, well when this goes live on the blog I’ll be sat in a passport office hoping that the scheduled 4 hours for a passport renewal will be reduced by…ooh…3.5 hours ideally. On the plus side, when it’s done I can at least start booking flights; I’m looking at you New York.

Have a good day all :)

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Sunrise Seat

Sunrise Seat

A sunrise from Cornwall to start off the week, and this one was a speedy dash back to Lizard Point in the morning and a short walk to an area that’s called the Devil’s Frying Pan. I don’t know the area, but a quick look on Google just now and it seems that the Devil’s Frying pan is a rock arch at one particular point…certainly not something I found to photograph while I was there.

We really didn’t get very spectacular sunrises that week, but I managed to get some colour in the sky.

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Bench

Bench

Wedged between the decay of yesterday’s asylum shot and the industrial decay that will be in tomorrow’s image I wanted to give a refreshing splash of colour with a return to a Kew Gardens and a return to a bench.

Stairs are one of my favourite things to shoot, but I think benches may be a close second. When I walk through a park or other area I quite like seeing people sitting there, chatting, enjoying the use of such a simple object in a public place. Stick a camera in my hands though and it suddenly turns to annoyance that someone is ruining a shot I may take simply by being there. I’m mean and selfish when I hold a camera!

For this shot I really liked the splash of colour in the background, and very much welcomed a short lie down on the grass under a tree which was where I am with the camera. It was such a warm day that any excuse to sit in the shade was taken.

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Reflection of Self

Reflection of Self

Another fun shot this Friday, this time a self portrait taken as a reflection in my shades, which are sat on a bench in Kew Gardens.

I’m going away for a week today, setting off on a train this afternoon and heading North. Tomorrow I’ll be going up to Scotland, and then spending a week driving around that beautiful country and, weather permitting, taking plenty of photos.

I’ve scheduled some posts for next week as I doubt I’ll be able to get online, and certainly won’t be in a position to write and update a blog each day – but you have the usual 5 images coming and that will at least pretend like I’m here and online for it. I hope to have a few nice landscape shots to share with you upon my return.

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