2015 is meant to be where I improve my photography; both for the business, and generally – for life.
I dabbled at Caerphilly, and this weekend was the perfect spring day to take my compact, my kids and husband and hit the Gardens at Great Easton Lodge which are blooming with rather a lot of wonderful snowdrop at this time of year.
I wasn’t disappointed.
The light was high in the sky, but not too bright, the only annoyance was the wind, but even that created some rather beautiful shapes on the water as we walked through the stunning gardens.
I know that traditionally we should be looking at composing a beautiful still picture with our reflections, but I really loved this rippling effect in the water as the wind darted across the surface.
My son was even inspired to take out his little compact and join me in snapping the photographs. For a child that is usually tearing around the undergrowth, it was inspiring to see him get down so close, and so carefully to take his pictures of the little white gems as they poked their heads up through the grass.
The Snowdrop is the first sign of spring; I always wait in anticipation for its majestic appearance- such a stunning flower; yet so simple.
It was tough to get down and photograph the heads from below, but I really wanted to get a different perspective, not an easy task when you are in danger of taking out an entire field of Snowdrop with every single step. I was disappointed with the light in the shot; but have included this photo nonetheless as hopefully you can see what I was trying to achieve.
It was difficult to get that light right because I had to interrupt myself from doing so as the kids insisted on running off to the trees. Sometimes needs must…
Those trees were pretty good entertainment too – they certainly got a good bashing from the kids – though we did have to be very careful no Snowdrop were squashed when we got down from them. You really didn’t have to go too far to spot yet another beautiful clump.
Not only were the Snowdrops out though, we even managed to spot a beautiful purple Crocus – not quite in full bloom yet, but still a stunning shot.
We will definitely be back again next year, and this time, I might even take the tripod, so the wind isn’t so much of a pain….