Early flowering at Ness Gardens

Spring gets earlier and earlier as these two pink beauties suggest. They were flowering in the pine woods at Ness Gardens last week. And it’s only January….

very early rhododendrons at ness gardens

very early azalea at ness gardens

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Veggie food photography

Yes….this really was a great recipe- light and warming after Christmas festivities!

vegetarian food photography by simon c bennett photographer

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Early snowdrops a sign of a warm winter?

early snowdrops at ness gardens

Photo taken this week at Ness Gardens in Cheshire.

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Amazing fireworks displays at Eastnor Castle

I have always loved fireworks, and I saw an amazing display at Eastnor Castle, in Herefordshire last weekend where three firework display specialists competed. All three displays were astonishing, as was the display put on by the organisers MLE as the finale. Here are some photos from a very memorable evening.

amazing fireworks displays at eastnor castle in herefordshire september 2015

amazing fireworks displays at eastnor castle in herefordshire september 2015

amazing fireworks displays at eastnor castle in herefordshire september 2015

amazing fireworks displays at eastnor castle in herefordshire september 2015

amazing fireworks displays at eastnor castle in herefordshire september 2015

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A Bite Of Cake….

a bite of cake- photographed by food photographer simon bennett

a bite of cake- photographed by food photographer simon bennett

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I could live on pasta

food photography by simon bennett

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Several attempts at the citrus peel before we got this right

The lemon mousse came together pretty quickly. Getting the citrus peel to do as we wanted was a learning curve all its own though!

food photography by simon bennett

food photography by simon bennett

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Another rare fruit in our shops

You don’t see redcurrants for sale much in the shops so this year I grew my own. They have a sharpness that is refreshing in the height of summer.

food photography by simon bennett

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Sometimes it’s difficult not to eat the subject matter…

food photography by simon bennett

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Photographing at the Weldeda Biodynamic Garden in Wetzgau

As a result of my photography in Ness Gardens, I was invited to Germany to go and see the Weleda Garden at Wetzgau, the largest medicinal garden in Europe. Weleda’s approach to health care is based on the principles of Dr Rudolf Steiner and Dr Ita Wegman who were looking to develop a system that used natural ingredients. This led to the creation of the world’s first biodynamic garden. Biodynamics refers to understanding that soil, plants, animals and humans need to work together as a whole, and where chemicals are forbidden. The place was humming with bees.

weleda biodynamic garden at wetzgau in germany

weleda biodynamic garden at wetzgau in germany

weleda biodynamic garden at wetzgau in germany

weleda biodynamic garden at wetzgau in germany

weleda biodynamic garden at wetzgau in germany

weleda biodynamic garden at wetzgau in germany

weleda biodynamic garden at wetzgau in germany

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