Saturday, 12 September 2009

Fuzzy Art and a Harrogate Adventure.


It has been rather quiet on the blogging front from me this week as I have been away on an adventure to Harrogate. I was extremely happy to have been gifted recently with a place on a course on creative flower and plant photography at RHS Harlow Carr. The course was run by the rather lovely and award winning professional photographer Steve Gosling who is particularly know for his special style of "fuzzy floral art"


The course was a combination of small group discussions on skills and techniques and a practical field class with one to one tuition with Steve himself. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day and the class has opened my mind to photographing flowers and plants with a view to producing pieces of art and not just a plant portraits. I have come away armed with lots of ideas which I will hopefully be able to put into practice over the coming months.

Field of Gold: Rudbecias at Harlow Carr.

Rather frustratingly the day I had set aside for visiting gardens in the area was a complete wash out. Howling winds and rain hampered my attempts to go around Ripley Castle's walled gardens, although I did manage to take a quick snap or two of a stunning border of Rudbeckia 'Cherokee Sunsets' before the heavens opened. I retreated quickly back to the car after waiting half an hour in the tropical house for the rain to subside. I then hot footed it over to the RHS gardens at Harlow Carr hoping that the weather would pick up.

Long border at Harlow Carr.

The Rudbeckias and long borders looked stunning even in the howling wind and rain. Although much of the garden was taking a battering from the elements and I spotted this poor soggy bumble bee clinging onto an echinacea flower for dear life as it bobbed around in the wind.


I did enjoy a stroll around the alpine house which was thankfully safe and dry from the world outside.

Wildflower meadow with willow pirate ship.

The two things that remained particularly beautiful despite the weather for me were wild flower meadow and the Japanese maples. I held out hope that the weather might change for a few hours but when there was no sign of it stopping I decided to take out a small mortgage and have tea and cake at Betty's before heading home to Tumbledown Farm.

What was most evident from this weeks adventure was that autumn is without doubt knocking at the door.

1 comment:

Charlotte Weychan said...

You're right ... autumn is certainly here ... my garden is already filled with leaves!