Sunday, 20 January 2008
Outside at last!
At last we managed to find a window in the weather today and took the opportunity to go to a local Arboretum. It's called Winkworth and is on the outskirts of Godalmimg, Surrey.
It's a large area that comprises of a lake and long tree lined walks with all sorts of lovely specimen trees. We were delighted to see drifts of daffodils all over the place. It seemed very early to me, but then I'm no gardener! There were quite a few other flowers bravely sproting their blooms, including this lovely primrose, which is one of my most favourite flowes.
I couldn't resist taking a closer look at the bark on the log in front of the daffs as there were some wonderful textures in there.
They'll definitely need further investigation, this one reminds me of a drawing, and the one below it could be the start of a textile collage.
On our way back to the car park I noticed these tiny fungi on on a tree stump and thought the convoluted pattern was just gorgeous.
The final shots of the day were of some beautiful decorative birch trees, ( don't know the variety) that had the most gorgeous pink and green bark.
This last shot's not mine, they were all blurred! No tripod!!
Part of the purpose of this photographic extavaganza was to test drive my OH's Nikon D200, as a result of an email conversation with Shirley, who's recently traded up to one of these 'all singing, all dancing cameras'. Mine is a humble D50, which I spend my entire life complaining about and giving my poor OH greif over because I can't make it take good pics of my work!!!
But! Now I have an even bigger problem because my OH's D200 is rather good, (well very good) and as he'd like to trade up for another D300, so I could buy his old one , it's back to decision time again! More textile supplies or tighten the belt and go for a new camera!!
What to do? Thanks Shirley