Saturday, August 20, 2016

Rain, sun, wind at Kew

Afternoon, after a couple of week's when I had other things to do on Saturdays (last week's wedding was fabulous)  it was time to head to Kew again.
As always, I took load of photos... (350)  so sit back and enjoy some of them.

As I arrived, it started raining, so I had a coffee and sausage roll for breakfast inside before braving the rain (don't have hands free for an umbrella and I knew it was only meant to rain for a little while so didn't take a coat, just a hooded sweatshirt jacket thing..)
 it was raining quite hard in this one,
 and a quick trip to the Hive you can see how much rain there is on the glass floor
 rain on the clover in the wild flower meadow..
I am concentrating on close ups today, and flower centres (like my cousin loves to do too)

 tightly curled buds

one rain drop on the edge of this petal

 and of course the poppies - rain stopped, sun out now and stayed out

 stunning iridescent blue/purple on this one

no raindrops on these next few, we're inside the Princess of Wales glasshouse for a bit

amazing berries on this Pinanga Coronata (had to photograph it to make sure I remembered it)

 back outside

 the Broad Walk (where lots of today's were taken)   a new flush of colour in lots of areas,  loving the blue and purple mix

bees love these, but don't stay still for me to catch them mostly, I took loads of pictures of these, but the bees kept flying out of shot before the camera could focus.

 this is so tall, taller than me, with the Orangery restaurant in the background

 to give you a bit of perspective of where the Broad Walk features in the garden, with the Hive in the background

now we're back to the display outside the Palm House
 sky still looks a bit moody, but no more rain..
 loving the fading flowers too,
 and seed pods

not noticed these brass pine cones on the top of the supports down the Broad Walk

I love this stuff!!

the Pine tree is laden with cones, loads of branches dangling down to the ground

the grasses in the Grass Garden were glistening in the sunshine now
 great pattern on this sawn off tree trunk
and a final shot of the Broad Walk borders, left the people in the shot so you can see the height.

Had a wonderful morning, hope you enjoyed the pictures today.


sam21ski said...

Great colours, love the pink and purple and purple and black ones xx Glad the rain held off, although love the poppy with the water droplets on it xx

Miriam said...

wonderful pics Helen... gorgeous summery colours on a very grey summers day!!

Love your close ups

Angela Curror said...

Lovely photos - gorgeous colours! (My big golfing umbrella fits over my shoulder and into my zip topped shoulder bag) leaving my hands free for the camera.)

craftimamma said...

Well I certainly did enjoy the pictures as always Helen! Some stunning photos and don't the raindrops look beautiful on the flowers! That sawn off trunk looks like inspiration for a Powertex piece, lol!

Lesley Xx

snazzyoriginal said...

Amazing close ups, wonderful array of colours which I think often look even more spectacular on a 'dreich' day. So grateful you share so generously x

Sally H said...

Wow! Stunning display and excellent photos, Helen! I do love you taking me to Kew! The rain drops are worth it for the lovely sparkle they add - nature's glitter?! Photography in the rain can be a little frustrating though...if only we had more hands, lol

Kirsten said...

Wow! Stunning photos, I love the raindrops on the petals.