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Woodthorpe Tropical House

I forgot how I found out about Woodthorpe Tropical House, but I can remember how excited I got! The park is about 15 minutes drive away. So last weekend, despite the rain there was a window of few hours’ sunshine and I grabbed the opportunity to head over and give it a good exploring…

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Wollaton Deer Park

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I am very lucky to live pretty close to Wollaton Deer Park. When we got our first car, I was in hurry to visit with film camera in my hands.

It is huge and gorgeous, and just at the beginning of my first visit I spotted a big group of beautiful red deer sitting under the trees, which seemed to be friendly. Not friendly friendly but it is clear that they are used to being around with people. After a while, there were another group of deer – they were smaller and skipping across the fields avoiding people. I recognised them from my New Forest trip that they were fallow deer. I was pleased to see that there are conservation areas so deer and smaller animals still have their homes.

There are safety measures we need to be aware of when visiting to look at deer. Here is an extract from the website –

“The deer are very attractive to look at but it is important to remember that deer are wild animals and must be treated with respect. During the rutting (mating) season during September and October, each stag is very protective of his own group of hinds. During calving season in June and July, the natural instinct of the deer is to protect their young. Hinds and does with young may appear aggressive if approached. Any person or animal invading their space at any time may be attacked as the stags will defend their group. During such periods we would advise dog walkers to keep their distance and ensure that dogs are kept on leads at all times. Please do not feed, touch, or photograph the deer at close proximity.”

There is also a massive lake, a rather smelly one though. I walked all the way around the lake and there were some wooded areas along the way. I couldn’t take photographs due to a film roll being used up and was too poor to put in one more! The cost of developing pains me.

This beautiful park is becoming a place I visit twice monthly (if there wasn’t for parking charge I would probably visit more than that!). If I am to walk there, Google Maps says it will take an hour and 15 minutes (longer than this if I am to bring Aneurin due to needing eye contact to sign to each other!) and I would love to do the few hours of ‘circular walk’ on one of my Sundays! :)

Peak District In Film | Part 3

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On our last day, we visited Chatsworth House and took our time looking around the house. There were so many beautiful art and sculptures to admire. We continued our visit by exploring the gardens, that had fountains, maze (where we excitedly joined but failed miserably!) and greenhouse.

Before driving back home, we stopped by Bakewell for delicious roast dinner at The Peacock and visited The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop.

Peak District is truly beautiful and I am thrilled that it is only about an hour away so next time we’d like to visit north part – I hear Upper Derwent Valley is a must visit. If you are a regular visitor of Peak District, I would love to hear your recommendations!

This post is continued from Part 1 and Part 2.

Peak District In Film | Part 2

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nikon f4, kodak gold 200, developed by carmencita film lab

I captured these beautiful landscapes when we did Mam Tor circular walk, climbing to the summit of Mam Tor and walking back to car park via steep narrow path, broken road caused by a landslide (amazing to look at), Blue John Cavern, and fields where we met some sheep friends. They mostly looked like they wanted to kill us though!

This post is continued from Peak District | Part 1.

Peak District In Film | Part 1

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Last month, Aneurin and I made an impromptu visit to Peak District. We were camping in a lovely campsite near Buxton, and Bakewell just 15 minutes drive away. We spent the first day visiting Bakewell for late breakfast, setting up our temporary home, and searching to buy camping hook up plug so that we could have coffee in the mornings!

In second day, we found out how unfit we were by walking up a very steep hill to Peveril Castle in the village of Castleton, but the beautiful views we got in the end was definitely worth it. We then visited Eyam, a ‘plague village’ that went into voluntary quarantine, and because of that it is one of best-preserved villages in the area. We also went to beautiful Eyam Hall and its gardens.

I took so many photos they will be distributed in next few posts. Next time, I’ll tell you about our Mam Tor circular walk, naturally with more landscape photos featuring some cute sheep I met along the way!

Horniman Museum & Gardens

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Couple of weeks ago, I turned 27 years old and decided to give myself a day off, away from all those stressful Christmas market preparations and visited to Horniman Museum in Forest Hill.

Visiting everything apart from aquarium, my favourite parts are the Natural History section and Collected & Possessed exhibition (which will be open until 24th Jan if you want to visit too). I love the taxidermy animals, which were beautiful and creepy in equal measure. The exhibition is about the artist, Mark Fairnington and his paintings “depicting natural history specimens exactly as they are stored behind the scenes in the Horniman’s and other collections.” His paintings were big, beautiful and realistic – right up my street!

I brought my film camera and realised after I left the house that I probably should have brought digital one because I wanted to take photographs of these taxidermy animals and I knew it’d be quite dark inside. I took pictures anyway and as expected, the photos didn’t come out well but I kinda like them – I guess it helps that I knew that there would be imperfections.

It was cold but pretty out. The landscaped gardens outside the museum were looking a bit sad with lack of plants, flowers and herbs. I imagine it would be better to visit in spring. But I was still appreciating few plants that were still around and some colourful pumpkins lying around. I have also made friends with a squirrel!

Photographing A Christening

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I was recently asked to photograph a beautiful christening in Surrey (if you don’t know already, I photograph events and special occasions on the side). It was my first time photographing a christening so I was a bit nervous (the fact that I have never been to one didn’t help!) but I managed to do well. I loved what I took that I couldn’t choose about 50 photos – imagine the parents’ delight when I gave them just over 200 photos! They loved their new photos and said that they will love to hire me again for their child’s 1st birthday next year. Yay!

REMEMBER TO

  • Have a chat with vicar in advance about the church photography restrictions
  • Arrive a little early and scout the venue
  • Research how christening works (if you are clueless like I was)
  • Be patient
  • Take note who are godparents and family so they are focused in the photographs
  • Capture a good photo of baby right after the baptism

WHAT I’VE LEARNT

  • Make sure people are paying attention in the group photos, especially children
  • Since the church rules can be really strict, I might need to buy myself a zoom lens for future events
  • Photographing people in direct sunlight is mostly unflattering
  • Uncle Bob do exist (bye bye beautiful photos)

Photographing a christening was a beautiful challenge. I was so honoured to be a part of this special day and I hope to have that opportunity again in the future. Have you been to or photograph a christening before?