Flying saucers #2

Flying saucers #2

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I converted yesterday’s image to black and white and pulled through the colour of the foremost flower. I think I prefer the original – it’s more wonder-filled.

Taken in our garden in Perth, Scotland

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Floating Camellia #2

Floating Camellia #2

You’d be forgiven for thinking that this is the same image as yesterday.

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I converted the image to B&W – to remove all colour from the water, and pulled through the colour of the flower. Simple, but effective.

Taken at Kyoto Garden, Holland Park, London

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Floating Camellia #1

Floating Camellia #1

This camellia bloom was floating in the pond at the Kyoto Garden in Holland Park.

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I like the way that the reflection and ripple create a halo effect. It was surprisingly relaxing to watch it for a few minutes. In many ways, it captures the serene essence of this beautiful garden.

Taken at Kyoto Garden, Holland Park, London

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Camellia

Camellia

I have to admit, I’m not really a fan of camellias. But this one caught my eye in the Kyoto Garden. Maybe it was the way that its face was soaking up the spring sunshine. Maybe it was the colour. Whatever it was, I’m glad that I noticed it.

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Taken at Kyoto Garden, Holland Park, London

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Blossom

Blossom

Of course, when you visit a Japanese style garden in spring, you expect to see some blossom.

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While I liked the original version of this shot, I felt that the vibrancy of the background detracted from the blossom. So I’ve de-saturated most of the colour to highlight the delicate flowers.

Taken at: Kyoto Garden, Holland Park, London

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Flow

Flow

This simple water feature captivated me. It was located near the main pond, so you’d be forgiven for missing it. But I loved it and felt it was more photogenic than the spectacular focal point of the garden.

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I fiddled about with different treatments of this image (see Flickr) but eventually settled on the original shot. The elegance is built in, so there was nothing for me to add.

Sometimes less really is more.

Taken at Kyoto Garden, Holland Park, London.

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Beautiful, elegant, tranquil

Beautiful, elegant, tranquil

… that’s how I’d describe the Kyoto Garden in Holland Park. We ‘discovered’ it during our recent visit to London. I’m sure we will return (often!). This week’s photos will all be from here.

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We had two spells in the Kyoto Garden (with coffee in between). Even on the second session, when it was much busier, there was a sense of calmness. The garden seems to instil something in those who experience it. I highly recommend a visit.

Taken at the Kyoto Garden, Holland Park, London

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Snowy heuchera

Snowy heuchera

I loved the way that this heuchera (or, heucherella) was peeking through the snow. I also like the way that it had retained the vibrancy of its leaves and that the veins were clearly visible.

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How these plants survive such conditions is a mystery to me. But it is wonderful.

Taken at: Our garden, Perth

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