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Alcatraz also known as ‘The Rock’

Alcatraz, the former military fort and notorious maximum-security federal prison that housed the likes of Al Capone and Machine Gun Kelly, and the site of the Indian “Red River Movement” and Occupation from 1969-1971, offers visitors to get and up and close glimpse of life on Alcatraz Island. In addition to the historical importance of […]

Allington Locks

ALLINGTON Marina is ideally located five minutes driving time from the M20 motorway and five minutes cruising time from Allington lock where the Medway becomes tidal. Situated at the end of the non tidal Medway navigation in the beautiful natural environment of the Allington/Boxley valley it is no surprise that boating publications have described Allington […]

Animals and Wildlife

Apart from Photography the other passion in our lives is dogs.  We love our animals and they are part of the family… and don’t they know it! Boy do they take liberties with us. 😀 😀 We don’t get to do a lot of wildlife photography.  Which is more the pity, but we don’t have […]

Aria Force – Cumbria

Aira Force is a waterfall in the English Lake District, in the civil parish of Matterdale and the county of Cumbria. The site of the waterfall is owned by the National Trust. The stream which flows over the waterfall is Aira Beck, which rises on the upper slopes of Stybarrow Dodd at a height of […]

Ashenbank Woods

Ashenbank Wood is a fantastic place to visit, with so much of interest on offer within the wood and the surrounding area. Its 74 acre (29.95ha) mix of ancient woodland and former wood pasture provides a range of habitats, closed canopy and open areas, veteran trees and notable wildlife species. The ancient woodland contains mainly […]

Bateman’s House

Bateman’s is a 17th-century house located in Burwash, East Sussex, England. Author Rudyard Kipling lived in Bateman’s from 1902 to his death in 1936. His wife bequeathed the house to the National Trust on her death in 1939, and it has since been opened to the public. Bateman’s is a modest Jacobean Wealden sandstone mansion […]

Battle

Battle is a small town and civil parish in the local government district of Rother in East Sussex, England. It lies 55 miles (89 km) south-south-east of London, 32 miles (51 km) east of Brighton and 24 miles (39 km) east of Lewes. Also nearby are Hastings to the south-east and Bexhill-on-Sea to the south. […]

Beech Court Gardens

Situated in 9 acres, Beech Court Gardens was laid out in an informal way nearly 70 years ago using the natural contours of the previously farmed land. The delightful pond was originally dug as a drinking trough for horse, situated adjacent to the Oast House Tea Rooms, which provides an ideal spot to sit and […]

Belmont House and Gardens

Belmont is a Georgian house and gardens in Throwley, near Faversham in east Kent. Built between 1769 and 1793, it has been described as “a marvellous example of Georgian architecture that has remained completely unspoilt”. The house is famous for the most extensive private collection of clocks in England. There was no house or estate on […]

Birling Gap

Birling Gap is a coastal hamlet within the parish. It is situated on the Seven Sisters not far from Beachy Head and is owned by the National Trust. Coastal erosion has already removed some of the row of coastguard cottages built in 1878, and those that remain are still inhabited. There is a cafe, shop […]

Bodiam Castle

Bodiam Castle (/ˈboʊdiəm/) is a 14th-century moated castle near Robertsbridge in East Sussex, England. It was built in 1385 by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge, a former knight of Edward III, with the permission of Richard II, ostensibly to defend the area against French invasion during the Hundred Years’ War. Of quadrangular plan, Bodiam Castle has no […]

Broadview Gardens

Broadview Gardens is a unique garden originally designed and maintained as a teaching resource for students at Hadlow College, now open to the public. The gardens are maintained by a dedicated team of gardeners and offer work experience for students and volunteers. The 8 acres of garden are formed around a 100 metre long double […]

Buttermere Lakes

Buttermere is a lake in the English Lake District in North West England. The adjacent village of Buttermere takes its name from the lake. Historically in Cumberland, the lake is now within the county of Cumbria. It is owned by the National Trust, forming part of their Buttermere and Ennerdale property. The lake is 1.25 […]

Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf is located on the West India Docks on the Isle of Dogs. From 1802 to 1939, the area was one of the busiest docks in the world. After the 1960s, the port industry began to decline, leading to all the docks being closed by 1980. Of the three main docks of the West […]

Castles of Kent

One architectural element that we love to visit is castles.  We have visited many castles in Kent and here is collection of photographs we have taken on our travels.    

Cockermouth

Cockermouth is an ancient market town and civil parish in the Borough of Allerdale in Cumbria, England, and is so named because it is at the confluence of the River Cocker as it flows into the River Derwent. The mid-2010 census estimates state that Cockermouth has a population of 8,204, increasing to 8,761 at the […]

Digital Art

One area of work I have been working on at times, is composite digital art.  There are many sites where you can download free backgrounds, clipart and textures to use in your composite work.  This is new area of work for me… and I am just learning the ropes.. and thoroughly enjoying doing something totally […]

Doddington Place

Doddington Place Gardens is part of a 850 acres (3,400,000 m2) Edwardian estate, located on the edge of Doddington village, near Faversham in Kent, UK. The Grade II listed Victorian mansion was built in 1870 for Sir John Croft (son of Sir John Croft, 1st Baronet ) by the architect Charles Brown Trollope. In 1873, Markham […]

Dover Castle

Dover Castle is a medieval castle in Dover, Kent. It was founded in the 11th century and has been described as the “Key to England” due to its defensive significance throughout history. It is the largest castle in England. The site may have been fortified with earthworks in the Iron Age or earlier, before the […]

Down House

Down House is the former home of the English naturalist Charles Darwin and his family. It was in this house and garden that Darwin worked on his theories of evolution by natural selection which he had conceived in London before moving to Down. The house stands in Luxted Road 0.25 miles (0.40 km) south of Downe, […]

Dungeness

Dungeness (UK /ˌdʌndʒəˈnɛs/) is a headland on the coast of Kent, England, formed largely of a shingle beach in the form of a cuspate foreland. It shelters a large area of low-lying land, Romney Marsh. Dungeness is also the name of the power station, of the hamlet within the location, and of an important ecological […]

Eltham Palace Gardens

Eltham Palace is a large house in Eltham, within the Royal Borough of Greenwich, in south-east London, England. It is an unoccupied royal residence and owned by the Crown Estate. In 1995 its management was handed over to English Heritage which restored the building in 1999 and opened it to the public. It has been […]

Floral Photography

One of the many things that we love to photograph is flowers. When we visit stately homes, we thoroughly enjoy heading towards the gardens, especially in spring and summer. The flowers of spring and the sweet smell of roses are pure delight on a warm summer’s day.

Glencoe

Glencoe or Glencoe Village (Gaelic: A’ Chàrnaich) is the main settlement in Glen Coe in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands. It lies at the north-west end of the glen, on the southern bank of the River Coe where it enters Loch Leven (a salt-water loch off Loch Linnhe). The village falls within the […]

Great Dixter House and Gardens

Great Dixter is a house in Northiam, East Sussex, England. It was built in 1910–12 by architect Edwin Lutyens, who combined an existing mid-15th century house on the site with a similar structure brought from Benenden, Kent, together with his own additions. It is a Grade I listed building. The garden, widely known for its […]

Hole Park

Hole Park has been owned by the Barham family for the past four generations and is set in over 200 acres of superb classic parkland. The colourful gardens enjoy far reaching views over the hills, woods and fields of the picturesque Kentish Weald. They are a skilful mix of formal design and more naturalised planting, […]

Ightham Mote

Ightham Mote (pronounced “item moat”), Ightham, Kent is a medieval moated manor house. The architectural writer John Newman describes it as “the most complete small medieval manor house in the county.” Ightham Mote and its gardens are owned by the National Trust and are open to the public. The house is a Grade I listed […]

Joss Bay

Deserted beach at Joss Bay in Kent Joss Bay is a popular sandy beach sheltered by steep chalk cliffs and backing on to the North Foreland golf course. Stretching for around 200 metres this is a great family beach with all the facilities close at hand. There is a beach cafe, toilets, plenty of car […]

Kearsney Abbey & Russell Gardens

Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens are the most popular, historic parks in Dover. They are located 2.5 miles north west of Dover town centre in the Alkham Valley, part of the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Both parks are carefully designed landscapes. Thousands of tonnes of earth were moved and trees planted to […]

Orangery Knole Interior Photography

Knole

  Knole House/noʊl.haʊs/NT is situated within Knole Park, a 1,000-acre (4.0 km2) park located immediately to the south-east of Sevenoaks in west Kent. The house apparently ranks in the top five of England’s largest houses, under any measure used, occupying a total of four acres.  Vita Sackville-West, who grew up there, recounts a legend that it […]

Lakeside – Keswick

    Keswick lies in north-western England, in the heart of the northern Lake District. The town is 31.4 miles (50.5 km) south-west of Carlisle, 22.1 miles (35.6 km) northwest of Windermere and 14.2 miles (22.9 km) south-east of Cockermouth. Derwentwater, the lake to the south-west of the town, is approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) long by 1 mile […]

Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle is in Kent, England, 5 miles (8 km) southeast of Maidstone. A castle has been on the site since 1119. In the 13th century it came into the hands of King Edward I, for whom it became a favourite residence; in the 16th century, Henry VIII used it as a dwelling for his first wife, […]

Leigh-on-Sea

Leigh-on-Sea also referred to as Leigh, is a town and civil parish in Essex, England. A district of Southend-on-Sea, with its own town council, it is currently the only civil parish within the borough. Leigh-on-Sea is situated on the northern side of the Thames Estuary, only a few miles from the open waters of the […]

Los Angeles – Street Photography

Street Photography images of Los Angeles whilst touring West Coast of the United States of America back in May 2015.  

Lullingstone Castle

The present Manor House and Gatehouse, which overlook a stunning 15-acre lake, were built in 1497 and have been home to the same family ever since. Both Henry VIII and Queen Anne are known to have been regular visitors. Hidden in the grounds, alongside the River Darent, visitors will also find “Queen Anne’s” Bathhouse and an […]

Madame Tussauds – Las Vegas

Whilst in Las Vegas in May 2015 we visited Madame Tussauds on the Strip. Even though these images are not technically street photography – I processed them in a manner that replicates street photography. Interactive Wax Museum Who would you like to meet at the World Famous Madame Tussauds Las Vegas? Featuring lifelike wax creations […]

Maidstone And Surrounding Area

Maidstone is a large, historically important town in Kent, England, of which it is the county town. The River Medway runs through the centre of the town, linking it with Rochester and the Thames Estuary. Historically, the river carried much of the town’s trade as the centre of the agricultural county of Kent, known as […]

Monochrome Photography by RyanPhotography

  A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed. ~ Ansel Adams “Monochrome photography is photography where the image produced has a single hue, rather than recording the colours of the object that was photographed. It includes all forms of black-and-white photography, which […]

Mount Ephraim Gardens

Mount Ephraim Gardens is an Edwardian terraced gardens located at Hernhill, near Faversham, in the English county of Kent. The gardens are laid out around a Grade II listed house and 800 acres (3,200,000 m2) estate. It was originally built in 1695, then rebuilt in 1878 and then extended 1913 all for the Dawes family. The […]

Northward Hill NR

High Halstow National Nature Reserve is on the Hoo Peninsula north of Chatham. It is also part of the Northwood Hill Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Reserve (which is 270 hectares of grazing marsh, woodland and farmland). It was declared a National Nature Reserve in 1951. The reserve and the woodland lies on […]

Nymans

Nymans is an English garden in Handcross, Sussex. It was developed, starting in the late 19th century, by three generations of the Messel family, and was brought to renown by Leonard Messel. In 1953 Nymans became a National Trust property. Nymans is the origin of many sports, selections and hybrids, both planned and serendipitous, some […]

Old Inverlochy Castle

Inverlochy Castle is a ruined, 13th-century castle near Inverlochy and Fort William, Highland, Scotland. The site of two battles, the castle remains largely unchanged since its construction. It is now in the care of Historic Scotland. Inverlochy Castle was built circa 1270–1280 by John “the Black” Comyn, Lord of Badenoch and Lochaber, and chief of […]

On the road to Mallaig

Mallaig i/ˈmælɪɡ/; (Scottish Gaelic: Malaig [ˈmal̪ˠɛkʲ]) is a port in Lochaber, on the west coast of the Highlands of Scotland. The local railway station, Mallaig, is the terminus of the West Highland railway line (Fort William & Mallaig branch), completed in 1901, and the town is linked to Fort William by the A830 road – […]

Palace of Fine Arts

The Palace of Fine Arts in the Marina District of San Francisco, California, is a monumental structure originally constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in order to exhibit works of art presented there. One of only a few surviving structures from the Exposition, is still situated on its original site. It was rebuilt in 1965, […]

Pashley Manor

Visit Pashley Manor Gardens, on the border of Sussex and Kent, to see Romantic English landscaping and artistic planting framed by fine old trees, fountains and ponds, with the unusual Tudor/Georgian manor house, which is a private family home, creating a memorable backdrop to the beautiful and dynamic gardens. Delight in the sweeping herbaceous borders, […]

Powder Paint Effect

One of the things that I have learned in Photoshop is how to add a Powder Paint Effect to an image.  I really enjoy doing this form of processing and here are a selection of images with the Powder Paint Effect applied to them. In addition to using Photoshop some plug-ins have been used in order to […]

San Francisco – Street Photography

Street Photography images taken whilst on holiday in San Francisco and visiting the attractions back in May 2015.    

Scotney Castle

Scotney Castle is an English country house with formal gardens south-east of Lamberhurst in the valley of the River Bewl in Kent, England. It belongs to the National Trust. The gardens, which are a celebrated example of the Picturesque style, are open to the public. The central feature is the ruins of a medieval, moated […]

Seascapes by RyanPhotography

Another forte we photograph is seascapes.  Living in Kent we are only a 45 minute drive from many of our beaches here in the South East.  So we are lucky to be able to just jump in the car and head for the coast.  Below are a selection of images we have photographed of coastlines […]

Sheffield Park Gardens

Sheffield Park Garden is an informal landscape garden five miles east of Haywards Heath, in East Sussex, England. It was originally laid out in the 18th century by Capability Brown, and further developed in the early years of the 20th century by its then owner, Arthur Gilstrap Soames. It is now owned by theNational Trust. […]

Sissinghurst Castle

The garden at Sissinghurst Castle in the Weald of Kent, in England at Sissinghurst village, is owned and maintained by the National Trust. It is among the most famous gardens in England and is grade I listed. Sissinghurst’s garden was created in the 1930s by Vita Sackville-West, poet and gardening writer, and her husband Harold […]

St Leonards on Sea

St Leonards-on-Sea (commonly known as St Leonards) has been part of Hastings, East Sussex, England, since the late 19th century though it retains a sense of separate identity. It lies to the west of central Hastings. The original part of the settlement was laid out in the early 19th century as a new town: a […]

Stratford

  Stratford is an urban centre and town of Greater London in the London Borough of Newham in East London and is part of the Lower Lea Valley, England, United Kingdom. Stratford includes localities called Maryland, East Village, Chobham Manor and Stratford City. Historically part of the ancient parish and subsequent County Borough of West […]

Sweeps Festival – Rochester – 2013

Since 1980 the city has seen the revival of the historic Rochester Jack-in-the-Green May Day dancing chimney sweeps tradition, which had died out in the early 1900s. Though not unique to Rochester (similar sweeps’ gatherings were held across southern England, notably in Bristol, Deptford, Whitstable and Hastings), its revival was directly inspired by Dickens’ description […]

Tall Ships Festival – September 2014

More than 50 tall ships have arrived in London for the start of the Tall Ships Festival on the River Thames. The ships, some of which are about 100 years old, will line the river’s banks from 5th- 9th September 2014. It is the first time the event has been held in London for 25 […]

The London Eye

The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames in London. As of January 2015, it has been advertised as the Coca-Cola London Eye. The structure is 443 feet (135 m) tall and the wheel has a diameter of 394 feet (120 m). When it opened to the public in […]

The Three Sisters – Glencoe

Bidean nam Bian, lying to the south of Glen Coe, Highland, Scotland, is the highest point in the former county of Argyll. It is a complex mountain, with many ridges and subsidiary peaks, one of which, Stob Coire Sgreamhach, is classified as a separate Munro. The most noticeable features of Bidean nam Bian are the […]

Twirling

One artist that I do follow on Facebook and WordPress is Julie Powell who wrote a post about twirling and how to add a Twirling Effect to an image.  Julie is the photographer that taught me how to twirl my images into pieces of art.  Should you wish to try twirling please read the post called Twirling where […]

Urquhart Castle

  Wild natural beauty and 1,000 years of history – Urquhart Castle offers a taste of the Highlands at their most dramatic. Discover 1,000 years of drama, experience a glimpse of medieval life and enjoy stunning views over Loch Ness from the ruins of the greatest castle in the Highlands. Climb the Grant Tower that […]

Wakehurst Place

Wakehurst Place, recently rebranded as “Wakehurst”, is a house and botanic gardens in West Sussex England, owned by the National Trust but used and managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. It is near Ardingly, West Sussex in the High Weald (grid reference TQ340315), and comprises a late 16th-century mansion and a mainly 20th-century garden, […]

Woodland Walks

One of the pleasures we do love is strolling through woodland.  Especially in the spring time when the crocuses are in full bloom and the bluebells carpet the woodland floor.  We are lucky to have such scenic woodland walks near us.  And in spring-time the bluebells at Ashenbank woods are spectacular.  

Yosemite National Park

  Yosemite National Park (/joʊˈsɛmɨti/ yoh-sem-it-ee) is a United States National Park spanning eastern portions of Tuolumne, Mariposa and Madera counties in the central eastern portion of the U.S. state of California, commonly referred to as Northern California. The park, which is managed by the National Park Service, covers an area of 747,956 acres (1,168.681 sq mi; 302,687 ha; 3,026.87 km2) and […]

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