I took nearly 700 photos so it's going to be a long post, and a long time to condense them down to something manageable!
normal starting point, of course!
Sapphire Star sparkling in the sun
lucky that I had the macro on though!
(cue, I got carried away)
wide angle time again
I took one through the "fence" as I changed lens...
clear views too
how had I not seen this before! another sculpture.
called opal and gold chandalier.
you may be able to enlarge to see the prices..
not that I have anywhere suitable I could display them so effectively even if I could afford one!
it seems early in the season for California Poppies...
the orange sign tells you that the bags are to catch the hand pollinated seeds for the Millenium Seed Bank
he looked as if he could slip off at any moment but they obviously have very good grip in their splayed toes!
I only know what it's called because BBC Breakfast's weather presenter was on an outside broadcast during the week standing in a meadow-full of the stuff!
these ones were a beautiful deep red-burgundy colour, deeper than this looks
I sat outside with my coffee and cake (blueberry and coconut... same as last week, nice, but very sweet...)
there were some big clouds about..
but I went down the Broad Walk and sat on a bench for a bit...
note the grey sky now behind it!
what a gorgeous colour
never think to go there, but my cousin had been sharing pics of the rhododendron from her park...
good job they only travel slowly!
the wind kept blowing them out of focus
before heading down the Broad Walk,
where it proceeded to dump rain and hail on me for a few minutes...
6 hours, over 600 (nearly 700 as I said) photos...
bit of a marathon today, but you know how I love the early openings... will try and catch up on my sleep tomorrow!
thanks for looking