Going for walks, exploring new places and taking photos is a favourite pastime of mine. Even more so now that I have a new camera to experiment with!!!! 🙂 I’m no photography expert but I’ve been looking for a compact camera with features comparable to an SLR camera. I wanted something that would still allow me to take photos in manual mode. I finally found the right match for me with my new Sony mirrorless camera. My recent visit to Kew Gardens gave me the perfect opportunity to spend the day getting used to my camera and taking more creative photos.
Kew Gardens is a botanical garden in South West London that apparently houses the world’s largest and most diverse collection of living plants.
It really is such a lovely place to spend the day walking around, admiring the many plants and checking out all the attractions. I can’t believe it’s taken me 9 years to visit this beautiful garden!
I was admiring the combination of these purple and white flowers and noticed that there were many bees flying around.
Leaning in closely I managed to get this shot of a bee in one of the flowers. I love the blurred effect I was able to achieve in this photo! (This is not something I’ve been able to do before so taking photos like these excite me!! 😉 )
The garden apparently gets very busy over the weekend with people everywhere. I’m thankful I was able to experience the place during the week when it was more tranquil and serene.
One of the highlights of the day was to see The Hive.
The Hive is an aluminium open-air structure standing at 17 metres tall and weighing in at 40 tonnes. The installation was built as an attraction for visitors and also to highlight the importance of pollination in feeding the planet.
It’s an incredible and unique structure that provides both an immersive sound and visual experience. It’s definitely worth checking out and will be on display until November 2017 so there’s still plenty of time to visit.
Moving on to more floral perusing, I found this very interesting looking tree. From far, it resembled a giant Christmas tree but up close it looked like some sort of cactus type tree. The photo in the bottom right vaguely reminds me of the South African Protea flower in the way the cactus opens out.
If you’re feeling peckish or thirsty, there are a few restaurants and cafés in the Gardens that you can visit. The picture above is a side view of the Orangery restaurant.
And of course I saw some more pretty flowers with a bee in them too 😉
Following another pathway with pretty flowers along the way…
To the final attraction of the day – the Treetop Walkway. I climbed the stairs to the walkway and realized I couldn’t walk too far as I tend to get disorientated when I can see the ground below me through fencing or walkways.
I stayed on the Treetop Walkway long enough to take a few photos of the trees and walkway but then turned around to descend.
There are so many attractions to see in Kew Gardens but sadly I didn’t have time to see them all. It definitely gives me a good reason to plan another visit. From London Waterloo it’s only about a 20 minute train ride to Kew Gardens station via Richmond. It is an all year round venue so if you’re looking for a lovely day out I can highly recommend it!
Have you been to Kew Gardens? What attractions have you seen? I’d love to hear in the comments.