Single frame… Autumn colour

Autumn ColourAutumn Colour
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 18mm, 1/60s, f8, ISO 400

It’s easy to forget about places right on the doorstep, small spaces, places without a big name to draw people in… This tiny patch of woodland is one such place, trapped between two main roads, sandwiched by a MacDonald’s and a care home. Thanks to the roads it’s never quiet but it is somehow peaceful and a very pleasant spot for a gentle wander with a camera.

A friend has been well and truly bitten by the photography bug and we explored the woodland together this morning to get a bit of practise with her new camera. I managed a few frames too, this is my favourite…

Single frame… Poppies

Weeping Window, Derby Silk MillWeeping Window, Derby Silk Mill
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 14mm f2.8 R, 2.1s, f11, ISO 200

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

“In Flanders Fields” – Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD – November 30, 1872 – January 28, 1918.

Single frame… Wakehurst Place

Woodland, Wakehurst Place, West SussexWoodland, Wakehurst Place, West Sussex
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 49mm, 1/220s, f5.6, ISO 400

Wakehurst Place in West Sussex is effectively part of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and consists of the mansion itself, walled and water gardens, woodland and wetland conservation areas and Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank.

The gardens were originally created by Gerald Loder (later Lord Wakehurst) who purchased the estate in 1903. Wakehurst Place was left to the nation in 1963 and the Royal Botanic Gardens took up a lease from the National Trust in 1965.

A gentle amble around the gardens in the autumn sunshine yesterday was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and I’m planning on making a return visit in the spring.