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Scotney Castle Revisited…

Scotney Castle Revisited…

Scotney Castle Revisited…

Today we decided to go back to one of our favourite National Trust places and that was Scotney Castle, in Kent.  Although the weather wasn’t wall to wall sunshine, and it was a lot colder than yesterday… nothing stopped us enjoying the wonderful views and splendours of the house.

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The following picture was taken of the moat that surrounds the old castle and its grounds.

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As we queued up to enter the house, there were these tulips that stood either side of the main entrance door.

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I just loved the vibrance as they stood there with the beautiful stonework as their backdrop.

As we strolled around the house, on the dressing table in one of the rooms stood these wonderful flowers.

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More photographs of Scotney Castle can be found here

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Enchanted Bridge

Enchanted Bridge

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Enchanted Bridge

Taken: 14th April 2012
Location: Kearsney Abbey Gardens
Camera: Canon EOS1100D
Lens: EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 III
F Stop: f/4
Exposure: 1/125sec
ISO: 100

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A trip along the Seine

A trip along the Seine

SAMSUNG DIGIMAX 420

 

A trip along the Seine

Back in August 2007, hubby and I took ourselves off to Paris on the Eurostar..  This was years before we decided to tak up our hobby of Photography… Anyway accompanying us on our trip was our Camera a Samsung Digimax 420, which I had received the year before as a present. Continue reading →

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Folkestone at night…

Folkestone at night…

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Folkestone at night…

In a post I wrote on my personal blog yesterday, I mentioned about going to Folkestone to capture another sunset..  well the weather held off.. after all the rain we had yesterday, I am quite surprised that we weren’t water logged.  God did it rain yesterday.. it was heavy rain, turning into to torrential rain and then back to heavy rain.. all day long.

But we made it..

Unfortunately though the sunset was not over the sea.. it was over the roofs of the shops and houses along the seafront.. but that didn’t stop us enjoying our stroll along the front.

The above picture is of a restaurant called the The True Briton which is opposite the harbour.

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Just over the road from the pub is this water feature.. whilst we were there tonight the kids were thoroughly enjoying themselves riding their bikes through the water jets.

This is another picture of the True Briton taken at a different angle.

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We had a wonderful time strolling along the front.. our only amazement is that the fun fair has gone and it seems that Folkestone is going to be redeveloped..

I can well remember the days of Folkestone Market on a Sunday Morning and then an afternoon having a ride or two at the funfair.. how times change.

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Boats in the Harbour…

Boats in the Harbour…

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Boats in the Harbour…

The above picture was taken tonight at Folkestone Harbour.. I just love how the boats reflected in the water.

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Seafront gardens…

Seafront gardens…

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Sea front gardens…

As you stroll from the pier end of Herne Bay in Kent towards the Clock Tower, you can stroll through these wonderful seafront gardens, which are planted full with summer flowers and pine trees.  There are different levels to the gardens and plenty of benches to sit on to rest those weary legs and admire the splendor of these planted gardens.

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Returning to Sissinghurst…

Returning to Sissinghurst…

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Returning to Sissinghurst…

Today we returned to Sissinghurst Castle.. our last visit was May 2012 and we said back then we would return… We were hoping to return in the Autumn.. but puppies arrived and that visit was put on hold…

Now those puppies are a lot older and can be left, we decided to return to Sissinghurst Castle, situated in Kent. The journey is about 45 mins and you drive though some lovely villages and such picturesque scenery… Linton, Staplehurst, Knoxbridge to name but a few.

The two towers of Sissinghurst are quite impressive and the gardens are spectacular… Sissinghurst is owned and maintained by the National Trust and is accessible for wheelchairs and to be honest, it is pretty flat there, so no mountain climbing. 😀

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There are many secluded little gardens dotted around Sissinghurst and each has their own identity.  One garden is made up of purely white flowers..   The picture above is from one of their gardens… called the Moat Walk.

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Courtesy of http://www.invectis.co.uk/sissing/

I took the above photo looking back towards the bench.. when you sitting on that bench you can view the Moat Walk and the statue that is at the end of the walk.

IMG_5717If you click on the map to the right, you can see the various gardens marked out, including the White Garden, Moat Walk and Lime Walk…

The sun was shining… which is a miracle after yesterday’s torrential downpours and as we walked along the Lime Walk the trees were sparse in their leaves.

Then the other half noticed something about the trees and he noticed that all the branches had been fused together.

You could clearly see the fusion of the branches and the whole walk looked spectacular… it really added another dimension to the garden..

We will definitely have to return next year to Sissinghurst to see how this walk has grown and to admire its beauty.

And you can see from the picture below, how the branches are fused…

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All in all we had a beautiful day out.. mind you the only downer was that today I had a flare-up of PMR and couldn’t walk far before I wanted to sit down.. but alas that was not a problem as there are plenty of benches to plonk my rear on. 😀 Thank god. As I needed them a lot today. 😀

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Playing with Texture – Part II

Playing with Texture – Part II

Back in 2007, long before we ever thought of taking up photography, hubby and I decided to go on a bargain Eurostar day trip to Paris..  We went in August, expecting sunshine.. but what we got was grey skies and low temperatures…

Anyway that didn’t spoil our trip, and we took with us my old Samsung Digimax 420 point and shoot camera..

One of the photos I took was of the Eiffel Tower…

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As much as I like the above photo, I thought I would play around with textures again.. I told you there would be no stopping me..

So off I went to Public Domain Textures and downloaded these two textures:

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I then converted them to grayscale

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On the above texture I used a Soft Light Layer with the opacity set to 56% and with a layer mask, I removed the texture from the Eiffel Tower

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On the above texture I again used a Soft Light Layer with the opacity set to 47% and again I removed the texture from the Eiffel Tower using a layer mask.

Finally when I was happy I merged the all the layers and I ended up with this result.

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You don’t have to have to use one texture at all.. you can combine the textures and their strengths to create the desired effect.

Again many thanks to Public Domain Textures, for their excellent site and providing the textures..

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Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour

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Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour

Finally I have caught up with the Weekly Photo Challenges… this weeks challenge was about The Golden Hour and wordpress asks us to post a picture taken within the Golden Hour, which is  is the first and last hour of sunlight of the day. Continue reading →

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Change of Direction ….

Change of Direction ….

Walmer Castle

Walmer Castle

Change of Direction….

Well the sun was shining… the temperatures were soaring and Summer had finally arrived.. Yay..  So that was it,  the plan for today was to get in the car with Sat Nav and cameras in hour hands and out for the day.  We had been discussing where to go and I wanted to go to Deal Castle and he fancied Walmer Castle..

Well he won.. you see Walmer Castle also had Gardens to view.. so I thought that would be better than going down to the coast where it would probably be chockablock with sun worshippers. Continue reading →

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