My plan for this morning was to spend some time using my pinhole camera to capture some colour among the flower beds in Audley End’s parterre garden. Sadly, the gardeners had been hard at work, clearing the beds for fresh planting and the flowers which remained were waving too vigorously in the breeze. I was told that things should be looking good by mid-July so I will return to try again!
Fortunately, I’d also taken my digital camera with a macro lens attached so instead I spent some time sitting on the grass following the activities of the insect life. There were plenty of bees around as well as the odd hoverfly so I wasn’t short of subjects at which to aim my camera. I even lucked in with a couple of them and caught them in flight. I’d love to say these shots were carefully planned, but they really were a case of complete good fortune!
While sitting on the grass I also had a close encounter of the feathered kind. A pair of Mallards were swimming in the fountain pool and once they’d finished preening they waddled over to say hello in the hope I might have some food. The gardener I spoke to told me they’re regular visitors to the parterre garden and they’ve been christened George and Mary by the gardening team!
10 June 2021