Defiance against the weather

by Helen Hooker November. 05, 2010 5542 views

I decided I wasn??t going to be beaten by the weather today, no matter what it threw at me, and took a trip to the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew [kew.org]. Unfortunately the weather wasn??t taking any notice of my defiant stance and it started to drizzle heavily almost as soon as I??d arrived! Not to be deterred, I strolled around the gardens looking for autumn colour (and thankfully there was still lots of it, despite the strong winds this week) and then tucking my camera back under my coat in between shots. After lunch the rain stopped, although it still felt more like dusk than the middle of the day. I really wanted to use my polariser to make the most of the gorgeous colours I saw but rapidly realised that was impossible as there simply wasn??t enough light. At some point I??ll go back to take some more photos as the 19th century glasshouses there are simply stunning but I can??t help feeling they??ll look even better against a blue sky rather than a grey one. The new feature since I last visited over a decade ago was the treetops walk. Not designed for those who suffer vertigo, it sits 18 metres up so you really are at treetop level. In the strong wind yesterday it was quite disorientating as you became aware of the whole walkway swaying every time you stopped to admire the view!

The Garden's iconic Palm House

Some of the treetop walkway's supports, taken from about half way up the 118 stairs.

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Pandka 6 years, 10 months ago

First and last are gorgeous!

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Sandra Vermeulen 6 years, 10 months ago

Warm, almost bright, autumn colors!! ;-)

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Nagy László 6 years, 10 months ago

Beautiful!!

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Txerra Cirbian 6 years, 10 months ago

I love autumn colors and atmosphere of the whole series :)

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Alison 6 years, 10 months ago

Shame about the sky but plenty of beautiful colour to be had anyway.

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Miclaud 6 years, 10 months ago

Nice post! I like the last one and put it in my favs ;)

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Ricardo 6 years, 10 months ago

this was what I did exactly today! I needed some color, these vivid colors!
amazing shots! :)

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Kate 6 years, 10 months ago

Fabulous set Helen...really captured the colours in spite og the dull weather

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Snowpie 6 years, 10 months ago

I love number 5

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Sachiko 6 years, 10 months ago

Beautiful autumn color!!

6 years, 10 months ago Edited
Mark 6 years, 10 months ago

Lovely series.

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Eiram Marie 6 years, 10 months ago

Treetops walk would be nothing for me in any weather LOL Here it is so windy that all the autumn beauty will be gone I am afraid...your pictures are beautiful!

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Mariez 6 years, 10 months ago

I like the composition of the last one, nice picture!

6 years, 10 months ago Edited
Lynda 6 years, 10 months ago

A beautiful set

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Josy 6 years, 10 months ago

What risks Helen! But for our biggest pleasure, to give us to you vertiginous photos of autumnal beauty !

6 years, 10 months ago Edited
Paolo Martini 6 years, 10 months ago

Colori meravigliosi...Belle foto,
The last one is F A N T A S T I C
Ciao !!

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