As you stroll around the gardens of Walmer Castle in Kent… you come across this greenhouse where they grow their seedlings… and I had to take its photograph. I processed the above primarily in Photoshop and Lightroom using the Powder Paint Effect. To add a difference to the image.. on my second rework I added a pink tint to the background. Continue reading →
As you stroll around the inner and out walls of Walmer Castle, you come to this little arch set underneath where the cannons are. Within this arch is a concrete seat.. and it took ages to get this shot as people wanted to sit in that seat and have their photograph taken. Anyway patience won in the end.
If the weather is good this weekend, I think we might just go back to Walmer Castle. The above photograph was taken in August 2013.
Greenhouse – Walmer Castle Gardens.
As you stroll around the kitchen garden of Walmer Castle.. you come across the greenhouse.. The greenhouse is brick built and as you can see there are plenty of flowers being cultivated in the greenhouse.. As you enter the greenhouse, hanging from baskets are small cherry tomatoes..
One thing I love about photography, apart from the taking of the photos, is the processing of them.. As many of you know, by reading this blog, I am a Lightroom fanatic.. Every piece of processing I do is done via Lightroom..
This photo was taken at Walmer Castle and it was taken in the Kitchen garden looking back to the castle.
The above photo is straight from the camera in RAW without any processing.
I wanted to create a monochrome image.. which is pictured above.. Although I am pleased with the image, I just wanted to try adding texture to it..
I love how the added texture makes the sky look more dramatic..
Below the Bastion..
As you enter the castle, there is a passageway that leads you to the Entrance and Visitor Centre.. The above picture is of the view looking back towards the visitor centre after you have paid your entrance view… to the right of the picture is a stone stairway that leads you to the Bastions.. which give you an excellent view of the coast.
Below the bastion and in this passageway, is a corner, where this stone chair is situated … I just love the texture of the bricks and the plants that surround this stone seat.
Have to say, when the sun is shining up in the sky.. that outside passageway is a right little sun trap.. and as we drank our coffee and ate our scones.. we basked in the glorious sun..
Looking out to sea…
The above shot is taken from the top of Walmer Castle looking out to the sea.. the beach is rugged and and definitely not commercialised. It was an ideal place to allow doggies to have a paddle and as yesterday was as windy as hell, an ideal place to fly a kite.
Hubby took the above photo, using the cannon as his tripod.. I just love the way the cannon looks imposing and the composition of this shot..
What we both noticed is the colour of the water.. it was turquoise and looked very inviting.
We will definitely be returning to Walmer Castle again.. and hopefully this time we will have a stroll along the beach.
Eventually, Well as you may have read we intended to go to Walmer Castle 3 weeks ago.. and when we arrived in Walmer it was closed so we headed for Deal Castle.
Our last two weekends have been taken up with that dreaded task of DIY.. Yes we decided to revamp our lounge and diner and of course that meant.. paint and papering… along with cleaning carpets and getting ready for new sofas.
Of course, we were expecting the weather to change.. you know the great British weather.. fine all week when everyone is at work and then pees it down over the weekend…
But we were lucky and the weather held for this weekend.
Unfortunately again, photographs can’t be taken in the house part of the castle.. which is rather a shame because some of the rooms are spectacular and I would have loved to capture them.
But we did manage to take some photographs within the grounds of the castle.
The above picture is of the wooden bridge that leads you to the gardens… Once you have visited the house, to get to the gardens you have to cross this bridge, over the moat part which is all laid to grass.
One of the gardens that you can view is the Queen Mother’s Garden.. it is a beautiful place, with a oblong pond which are covered in water lilies..
The picture below is of an arched seating area, which looks out onto the pond.. (I will post up later a picture of the pond looking back towards the sheltered seating area. Around the garden are benches which you can sit on and just enjoy the view and relax.
The gardens are full of flowers and there is also a kitchen garden where you can see vegetables, etc being grown and a greenhouse with hanging baskets full of tomatoes, all waiting to ripen.
One of the flowers that caught my eye, was this spectacular purple flower, that was blowing in the wind.
The intensity of the colours really struck me.
The above photo is of the wooden ramp that leads you down to the moat where you can walk around the entire circumference of the castle.
All in all we had a spectacular day… and I must admit, the Tea Rooms served an excellent cup of coffee and cheese scone..