Kew Gardens

Popped into Kew Gardens on a whim recently. Just happened to be saying goodbye to #2 son at Heathrow, needed petrol at Heston Services and before heading West with a heavy heart, checked to see what was going on at Kew.

Haven’t been there for many many years and there was an Orchid Extravaganza or some such irresistibly-titled orchid event, so there was no contest.

Arrived early on a perfect Spring day, the crocuses were out, some people were already sitting having tea and buns outside the Orangery and the sun had his had on.

There was a photography exhibition which was just my thing, as having been to Beginners Photography, I can now tell my ISO from my elbow and have some clue as to what all the settings data actually mean. Β While #1 son disapproves of predictable flower photos, this exhibition proved that *good* flower/plant/wild places photos are actually very very lovely!

So I learned that I mustn’t go too mad and make the depth of field too shallow AND you have to set the shutter on Pretty Damn Fast (ie 1/1250 of a second) to catch seagulls in flight!

#1 son wasn’t too impressed with my seagulls although he did concede that I did ok considering they were taken on manual settings.

“But seagulls are wondrous in their own right,” I said.

“They are aerobatic and dynamic and look at the beautiful tail feathers in the sunlight and the way the sun catches the leading edges of their outstretched wings!” I said.

“Yeah.. Β but they are just seagulls,” he said.

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Mmmm breakfast!

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About janh1

Part-time hedonist.
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10 Responses to Kew Gardens

  1. I’m with your son about the seagulls… rats with wings… but i am also impressed with the clarity of image you achieved. The flowers I love….and the squirrel ( which I suspect is a bit of a fluffy rat to you guys but we don’t have them here)… Only today I was wondering what you’d been up to.
    Great to see some of your beautiful pics again. Keep them coming.
    Wendy at Wendy of The Rock

  2. janh1 says:

    Hi Wendy! Good to see you and thanks for the clarity comment. I wouldn’t mind being reincarnated as a seagull, I like them *that* much!

    Bad Squirrel is a grey so is seen as a bit of a rat but hey they are plump and furry so can’t be all bad. Red squirrels, on the other hand, can do no wrong. They are all adorable Squirrel Nutkins.
    http://www.peterrabbit.com/en/fun_and_games/meet_the_characters/squirrel_nutkin

    I’m taking pics like mad but I don’t want to bore you. There are a lot of flowers.. πŸ˜€

  3. Darrel Kirby says:

    Great pics – I went a while back and bored everyone with far more pictures of more questionable quality in my blog!

  4. Isobel says:

    Just seagulls…! I love watching gulls. Not wanting to diss No1 son, but really, he needs to think again. I am not voting for them as our national bird, but they are up there in my top favourite birds.

    Fab pix of the flowers too. My elbow I’m ok with, but ISO? Not a clue. Used to be ok when I used my manual SLR, now completely deskilled.

    • janh1 says:

      He just likes to be controversial. I wouldn’t object to being reincarnated as a seagull. The robin has to be our national bird doesn’t it? Or are you more of a wren person?
      For me, 1 – Robin 2 – Blackbird 3 – Wren
      ISO is the digital version of what used to be film speed. You used to buy 100 or 200 or 400 films or faster to capture faster subjects. You are Old School Isobel, in the nicest possible way, which means you used to know way more than I do now. πŸ™‚

      • Isobel says:

        I went for the wren. waking in the night I love to hear the blackbirds, but it was when among the finches and tits that I saw the wren in the garden that I felt spring had sprung. So my list would probably go wren, blackbird, thrush, bluetit, robin.
        I love crows too.
        I recently finished a roll of film in my Olympus OM1. I found it very difficult to deal with the settings. Quite scary how that knowledge has slipped away. I have yet to take the film to be developed. I suspect there will be little that is any good.

  5. janh1 says:

    A fine bird list. It will be interesting to see what your prints are like. It is scary how knowledge slips away even in a short time! Much of my Beginner Photography course from autumn 2014 was in grave danger of slipping away by the time I picked up the camera again after Christmas! :-/

  6. Sarah says:

    Marvellous photos of the gulls and flowers.

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