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Snowdrop walk at Gardens of Great Easton Lodge

Great Easton Lodge is a great place to go with the kids to catch the Snowdrop in Spring - wonderful shots, and an amazing place to introduce the kids to photography as well.

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.

Can u spot the snowdrops? Great Easton Lodge

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I wasn’t disappointed.

Beautiful Snowdrop at the Garden of Great Easton Lodge

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.

The Pond at Great Easton lodge - reflections

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.

Some wonderful times with even Stuntboy wanting to take pictures of the Snowdrop

The Snowdrop is the first sign of spring; I always wait in anticipation for its majestic appearance- such a stunning flower; yet so simple.

Snowdrop from below - the light isn't perfect, but its a good start!

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.

Another wonderful snowdrop shot at the Gardens of Easton Lodge

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.

Plenty of opportunities for tree climbing at Easton Lodge too....

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.

Crocus are also blooming beautifully at the Garden of Great Easton Lodge

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….

Helen is a mum to two, social media consultant, and website editor; and this site is (we think) the only Social Enterprise parenting magazine! Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts has reach of over 1.1million across social and the site. The blog works with big family brands (including travel) to help promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. It gives 51%+ profits to Reverence for Life, who fund a number of important initiatives in Africa, including bringing running water and basic equipment to a school in Tanzania. Helen has worked as a digital marketing consultant (IDM qualified) with various organisations, including Channel Mum, Truprint, Talk to Mums, and Micro Scooters. She loves to be creative in the brand campaigns she works on. Get in touch TODAY!

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Lawn Dude

Sunday 1st of May 2016

Awesome place. What is the name of that beautiful purple flower?


Saturday 28th of November 2015

very beautiful images.I love snowdrops.It looks so beautiful.

Fun with the Family

Sunday 22nd of March 2015

Beautiful! I have just written about our wander with bluebells. Love snowdrops, makes for a magical experience everyone should enjoy!


Tuesday 10th of March 2015

Lovely snowdrop snaps, I always fine them so hard to capture well. I love the one looking up into the sky. Looks like a lovely family day out and lovely to see your son enjoying taking a photo too. Thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids.


Monday 9th of March 2015

wow - that is the most snowdrops I have seen ever! Looks amazing as I love snowdrops. Love that tree climbing pic. x #countrykids

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