Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A grand day out

Taking advantage of the better weather, longer days, and a long weekend, we had a trip up to Sizergh Castle yesterday. We hadn't been there for some years, and there was little in the way of active renovation work going on this time. They have not long since completed major roof repairs, and the castle can be seen in its full glory.

This was also a good excuse to give our new-ish D-SLR camera (Olympus E-420) its first proper outing. Apart from a little cropping on a couple of the photos, and resizing, they have not been edited. I'm really pleased with the quality of picture, and so far I'm only using the basic settings. It's a world away from our compact digital, which does take great photos, but is necessarily limited in what it can achieve.

Click on the photos to see an approx. 1024x768 px size version.

Sedum growing on moss in a dry stone wall, just outside the new visitor centre building.

More of the wall.

Fern growing in more luxuriant moss on a tree, at the entrance to the limestone garden.

Small waterfall running into one of the pools, you can see Spring is well underway.

Taken from the top of the limestone garden, towards the castle.

Bog-dwelling member of the Arum family, I suspect!

Lovely reflections, even on an overcast day.

Looking into the Dutch garden.

This wall is a riot of colour and greenery in summer, I love the texture of the brick and the stark contrast of the bench.

You won't see this glorious green mossy roof soon, when the leaves unfurl.



At 8:06 pm, March 31, 2009, Blogger LadybirdLinz (:i:) said...

Beautiful photography! I feel like i've been there too - wonderful, thankyou for sharing :D

At 7:03 am, April 01, 2009, Blogger Sarah said...

All those greens are lovely and refreshing

At 2:05 pm, April 01, 2009, Blogger donnac1968 said...

I love the picture of the Arum lily, I've just received some sock yarn in those almost exact colours.

At 7:33 pm, April 03, 2009, Blogger Daisy said...

Those are beautiful photos! It's years since I went there, must go again some time!

At 5:13 pm, April 08, 2009, Blogger Lynne S of Oz said...

Nathan loves moss. He'd like this post. It is fun finding out what a new camera can do :-)

At 10:38 am, April 27, 2009, Blogger acrylik said...

What beautiful pictures, really enjoyed them. Lots of fun taking out a new camera and putting it through its paces!

We like to visit Sizergh Castle too, and then a trip to Low Sizergh Barn for coffee and a delicious cake afterwards ;)


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