Reworking: Shades of Purple and Green

Down House
Taken by Ashley Ryan

The above picture is a rework of Shades of Purple and Green Post, which was taken within the gardens of Down House, back in June 2013.

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Night and day….

More like day and night…. plus a bit of snow. :D :D

The picture below is of one of the pathways that leads to the Leeds Castle woodland walk.

Taken by Ashley Ryan
Taken by Ashley Ryan

I like it but wanted to do something different… so I turned it into a semi-night image

Taken by Ashley Ryan
Taken by Ashley Ryan

But then thought it is winter and what do we get at winter time – yes SNOW…. :D :D So I added some snow… and as the other half said more like a blizzard :D :D

Taken by Ashley Ryan
Taken by Ashley Ryan

So after speaking to the other half… I settled on a little less snow… for the final image

Taken by Ashley Ryan
Taken by Ashley Ryan

Down House Gardens…

Down House
Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken back in June 2013, at Down House, Kent – which was the home of Charles Darwin.

Christmas at Leeds Castle

For the last few weekends we have been busy with DIY… oh how we hated having to knuckle down and do the kitchen instead of picking up our cameras and going out taking pictures of various places on our travels.

Last night, we had our hopes dashed for a while when the BBC weather forecast rain.  To be honest I would have gone out with an umbrella … just to get out.

Anyway up we got this morning and even though the temperature was freezing and there was a thick frost on the ground, the sun was shining in the sky…  No contest… we were off.

We had already decided to go to Leeds Castle, near Maidstone in Kent… as they were holding a Christmas market and fair.. and knowing full well how busy that place gets, we were on the road by 9.20 am.

Taken by Bren Ryan
Taken by Bren Ryan

Which was a good idea in the end, because when we left they were parking near the entrance to the castle by the main road.

Normally we get the little train down to the castle, as it is a fair walk.. but today it had broken down and we had to walk… luckily it wasn’t that bad going down hill… and what was nice was we saw things that we hadn’t seen before, like this little seating area

Taken by Bren Ryan
Taken by Bren Ryan

And this beautiful lake

Taken by Bren Ryan
Taken by Bren Ryan

After we strolled around the Christmas Market we headed off to the castle to walk around… there were Christmas trees practically in every room.. and Christmas wreaths and decorations on the windowsills.  I just loved the colour of these baubles and how the light captured them.

Taken by Bren Ryan
Taken by Bren Ryan
Taken by Bren Ryan
Taken by Bren Ryan

But the most beautiful part was as you were coming to the end of castle tour and the choir were singing Christmas Carols.. it really did feel like Christmas..

And by luck by the time we were finished… the train was working again.. Whey Hey… and the dread of walking back left me… to be honest I don’t think I would have made the hill and the walk back… :D :D :D :D

Twinkle

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Twinkle.”

Taken by Bren Ryan
Taken by Bren Ryan

Yellow Flower

As we strolled around the gardens of Batemans, there was a vivid yellow flower (sorry don’t know the name of it) and it had many green thin long leaves to it, a bit like a spider plant does.  Well for my liking these leaves were too distracting so I decided to give the bloom a black background.

Taken by Bren Ryan
Taken by Bren Ryan

I liked the vibrancy of the yellow… but I also like the softness of the picture when you lower the saturation of the flower.

Taken by Bren Ryan
Taken by Bren Ryan

And the more I look at the desaturated flower, the more it is growing on me.. so this has to be my favourite out of the two.

On the wildside

Yesterday, I did the task that we all forget to do and loathe at times, and that is backing up my photographs onto another external hard drive.  Oh how I hate that job :D :D :D

Anyway the numbers are increasing we have over 25000 photographs.. and so now I will be on the mammoth task of deleting those photographs that will never get processed for one reason or another… so looking forward to it…. NOT

As I was going through our collections I came across this photograph…which we took when we visited Batemans House in East Sussex, which is owned and maintained by the National Trust

Taken by Bren Ryan
Taken by Bren Ryan

That picture was taken as you walked along the path that was in the area which was called wild garden, and as you walked through the walled entrance at the end of the wild garden you entered the formal gardens, which are truly spectacular.

In amongst the wild garden was these beautiful purple flowers growing.

Taken by Ashley Ryan
Taken by Ashley Ryan

I just love the intensity of the purple and how they made the wild garden come alive.

Silver Bell

Today as I was photographing various objects on our tree, this bell was waiting to be photographed.

Taken by Bren Ryan
Taken by Bren Ryan

And as I processed this photo in Photoshop and Lightroom I thought of one of my favourite tunes this time of the years…  One that has been sung by various artists, but my favourite has to be Doris Day… that tune is Silver Bells

So I thought to keep in with this tune… perhaps my golden bell should now become a silver bell…

Taken by Bren Ryan
Taken by Bren Ryan

And of course there is nothing like falling snow…

IMG_1870-snow

My little boy…

Taken by Bren Ryan
Taken by Bren Ryan

My little boy wondering why his mother has a camera to her face and his Bonio in her mouth..  Well it was the only way I could keep his attention. :D :D :D :D

Red baubles and bells

Taken by Bren Ryan
Taken by Bren Ryan

I just love Christmas… I took this picture tonight