We've left the confines of the streets of Cambridge this week and headed a few miles away to the beautiful and historic Anglesey Abbey. Owned by the National Trust (an authority who run and maintain many historical sites and buildings across the UK) the Abbey or "Jacobean-style house with gardens and a working watermill" is set in acres and acres of both formal gardens and rolling green spaces and forests. You can wander around the site for literally hours and still not cover the same ground. I have spent many an hour (in every weather from sun through to snow) wandering across the rolling expanses of grass and through the dense woods.
I never used to enjoy photographing flowers. For me, it was fairly boring and held little interest. It was while at Anglesey Abbey around a year ago that I changed my mind. It was spring and the first blooms of the year were just starting to come out. The areas of grass and scrubland below the trees were suddenly transformed into a carpet of colour, every colour under the rainbow. Hundreds of flowers as far as the eye can see. I found myself taking photo after photo from every angle I could find. For me, the best ones that worked were the ones taken at eye level. You could feel as though you were the same height as the flowers and truly immerse yourself in the colours and variety.
I have chosen one of these as this weeks photo. I'm not a massive gardener so please don't ask what type of flower they are (if anyone knows please let me know!) I haven't done much with the image post processing except for a slight increase in the colour levels. As I often two I have included a couple of images of the same item. One in landscape and the other in portrait configurations. As always I'd love to know which one you prefer!
Canon600d with a Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM / iso400 / F9