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Thursday, 5 April 2012

Morning Walkies Streatham Common

Morning Walkies Streatham Common
When the light is this good, you've just got to get out and soak it up.

A morning walk on Streatham Common in South London.
Camera Nikon D700 with 28-300mm Nikon Lense.

When I first moved to London I thought I'd really miss the delights of Devon, and I do, but there are so many wonderful parks and places that nature has been allowed to do her own thing here. Getting out and about early is wonderful, there is such a peace in the City in the mornings and people are always friendly, especially those that are walking their dogs.

Bruno, my daughter's Staffordshire Bull Terrier, accompanied me today. The light was fantastic and the trees looked stunning. Make me feel good to be alive when it's like this. 

Free Parking: Streatham Common.
 The Rookery
The Rookery is a very attractive, formally landscaped area with an ornamental ponds, flower and herbaceous beds, a well and a rock garden with streams. It has a café and is surrounded by Streatham Common.
The Rookery: Streatham Common.

The Rookery: Streatham Common.

The Rookery: Streatham Common.

 Cherry Tree by the Bowling Green:
It's great to see some traditions are maintained in London and the Bowling Green is just on of the amazing places kept spic-n-span on Streatham Common.
Cherry Tree: Streatham Common.

Sunlit Glade: Streatham Common.

The Old Lodge House: Streatham Common.

Magnolia Tree: Streatham Common.

The Rookery: Well and Tulips. Streatham Common.

The Rookery: Pond.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

A Walk in the Park

A Walk in the Park

City of London from Norwood Park

One of the things that gives me a great blessing in life, is to get out early and go for a walk with my camera and capture the wonderful morning light. This morning, as my family have arrived in London for Easter, it was my task to take my daughter's dog Bruno for walkies. He's a very good tempered Staffi (Staffordshire Bull Terrier), known as Nanny dogs because of their good nature and wonderful for families. With five grandchildren all under five, the house was getting noisy and it was a great excuse to get some peace and quiet too:-)

As usual I took my camera along (Nikon D700), and was ready to shoot some awesome scenes of the City of London from Norwood Park. It was a bright clear and sunny morning, but already the clouds were gathering in the sky and the temp was quite cold, there were some little spots of ice in the park, indicating the temp must have been below zero overnight. However, it was relatively clear by 7.30am.

Why was I here?

Well we'd been walking the previous two days in Dulwich Park and Streatham Common, but on Sunday at the West Norwood Feast I'd spotted a fantastic picture on one of the traders stalls. Her name was Sandee White and she told me that the picture was captured from Norwood Park, I'd never seen the city from this location before and it's only about half a mile from where I've lived for over three years now. I made a metal note to visit Norwood Park when the air was clear and bright, and this morning as Bruno and I stepped out the door it seemed just right. So off we set.

Well it was clear, but in the City of London there was a haze just around the Shard and main buildings that I wanted to see clearly, thwarted, I now know to where I must return and hopefully one day I'll get the shot I want. For now though, please see the images below from my Walk in the Park.

Bruno loved his new park and was running all over the place discovering new places to stick his snout:-)

Picture Information: Camera Nikon D700 with 28-300mm Lense.
Some of the things in the park that caught my interest.
I love these buildings with the blue painted bricks and orange shutters.

The plastic looking climbing and swinging frames looked great in the morning sunlight.

Norwood Park: Trees

in this image you canjust make out the Shard int he distance.

The View of the City
I wanted to capture this clear and bright, but not today. Perhaps the Lord will let me see it clearly tomorrow... Here's hoping that one day it will be just right.
(BTW The Shard and Gherkin are about 4 miles away...)

I'd just like to say a great big thank you to Sandee White for the inspiration. In this scene of the City of London you can just make out; The Shard, The Gherkin and other buildings. Captured at 300mm with the Nikon 28-300mm Lense.

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