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.
Bodnant is based in North Wales and has to be one of the most stunning gardens in the UK, thanks to its varied topography and mild climate. A visit here is highly recommended particularly in late spring early summer. You can lose yourself in its many acres for hours, and still not see it all.
A break in schedules photographing lots of people allows time for some landscape shots on this beautiful island….
Eighteen months ago I visited North West Scotland on holiday and stayed on Mull with some friends. At about the same time I became aware of the 2010 project for Macmillan Cancer which was accepting photographic entries for a new book to raise money for Macmillan. The finished book includes some of my outdoor natural world photos which I undertake pretty rarely due to commitments with the camera elsewhere. It would make a great present for someone and can be ordered from BobBooks here.
More about the 2010 Project here.
Just looking around and the trees are suddenly leafless again. That was a short summer. I took this on my pocket Olympus as I walked down the Wirral Way near Willaston. Time is just flying by…
Professionally I use a large Canon with various lenses. However while trotting around I have started carrying my old 4mp Olympus. It’s light and enables me to grab photos quickly, in a way that my big camera obtrusively wouldn’t.
A break from my normal posting here with good reason. A friend of mine was visiting London and suggested we visit the 50 years of London architecture exhibition at the University of Westminster. I went, and to be perfectly frank I thought I’d be there no more than a couple of hours at most. How wrong I was. In fact three of us met and we were there all day. This amazing exhibition should be visited with friends, preferably those who have strong opinions on contemporary architecture.
This expansive exhibition, set within the cavernous basement at the University starts out with the brutalism of the sixties and works up to the present day. The photographs are large and in many cases beautifully shot. Yes, there are buildings included that I don’t believe warrant inclusion- but we all had differing opinions on these. This is no sniffy gallery with attendants staring at you impassively or asking you to be quiet; this exhibition demands debate and for the first time in ages I left a gallery space having felt I had just witnessed something very worthwhile. If you have a chance go and see it, – it’s on for another week.
50 years of London Architecture, University of Westminster, Marylebone Road- opposite Baker Street tube station.
The bluebells come out at a magic time of year- within a few days of flowering the woodland canopy has emerged from its winter hibernation and the light filters through the lime green glade on to the endless blue carpet. It really is bliss.
click here for the panorama [opens in a new window]
Crawling round on all fours on a village green on a busy (and sunny) Saturday morning in February is the kind of activity that will get you noticed. However Willaston is a very English village, and very charming with it and in that truly English way everyone who saw me shabbing round in the dew getting wet and muddy clocked it and said absolutely nothing. I wish I had more time to appreciate the living world around me.