Saturday, January 16, 2016

Frosty Day at Kew Gardens

Finally we've had some 'proper' winter weather, frosty mornings and - gasp - some sunshine!  I decided I'd go to Kew today as I love it when it's frosty there.   Something made me check the trains before I left home - to find my normal route was disrupted by engineering works.  Now, I could have just got the replacement bus the 3 stops that the train wasn't servicing but I decided to take an alternative, slightly longer route and by the skin of my teeth caught trains , arriving not too long after the Gardens opened, so not bad after all.

 the change of route meant going in a different gate, close to the lake at the Palm House, which was frozen for the most part - and some gorgeous reflections... sit back and enjoy!




 heavy frost on the beds by the pond, the dogwood still looking colourful

 found some dry ground to kneel down for low shots
 up in the Palm House on the walkway round the top, lush green leaves
and some rusty ironwork.. maybe the Palm House will be next for major restoration
 I love the mix of ironwork amongst the palms and greenery
 today I went down into the Aquarium under the Palm House, this was the only one I could get without flash, which I didn't want to use...... Found Nemo!
 back outside, the sun was "warming things up" kind of!


 the dogwoods from the Palm House, looking fantastic in the sunshine.


 the Princess of Wales glasshouse, where they are getting ready for the annual Orchid Festival (in fact, when I went out through the other door after walking through, they were unpacking the van of orchids)
work in progress..
 Bromeliad in full flower (well, it's a bract, not a flower, but you know what I mean!)
more frost in the grass
 and on seedheads
 and leaves.. think this is one of my favourites from today!
the peacock was in the same spot as last time, looking stunning again in the sun
his feathers have grown lots! is that even possible?!

 this time round the pond I noticed snowdrops in the dogwoods
 went in search of a drink (didn't stop for one in the end) was sidetracked by more beds of dogwood
 found my way to the Rooftop walkway - the angle and direction of the sun make this look black and white, but it's not!  Love this one, too.
 and more dogwood, more frozen lakes

these geese obviously decided to use the bridge, the water was too cold!
 Kew being on the direct flight path to Heathrow Airport is constantly crossed by jumbos.. loads of huge ones today, this was one of them

to finish off, the mix of iron and trees again by the Rooftop Walkway.


Thanks for joining me, hope you didn't get too cold!

9 comments:

Angela Curror said...

Brilliant! And we were photographing similar things at different places. I'm having trouble posting my blog but it will appear later.

Sarah Anderson said...

Beautiful images Helen xx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Golly Helen, these photos are gorgeous. I love the frosty leaves you liked, too. Reminded me of sage without frost.

I don't think I've seen that view of the Princess house before. I'd love to see all sides, to get a better understanding of it.

I was in awe of that tree top view. I remember you taking us there once maybe in the spring, but the joy was seeing it in winter. This was simply an incredible day. I hope you were well bundled and stayed warm.

Kirsten said...

What a beautiful morning & I'm amazed at how frosty it was. Gorgeous photos, the dogwoods look wonderful.

craftimamma said...

Wonderful photos of todays visit Helen. I love the frost on the seedhead and the snowdrops amongst the dogwood. The reflections on the lake are stunning too. Thank you for sharing once again.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Miriam said...

cold but beautiful....fabulous pics Helen

Miriam said...

cold but beautiful....fabulous pics Helen

sam21ski said...

Brrruggghhhh it even looks cold, but you got some lovely shots again xx

julie said...

Fab photos, feel like I was there, but without getting cold!!