Today i am on my way to Bodnant gardens in north wales to see the famous Laburnum Arch , which i have seen many times but never at its peak , for the last week it has been fully open so my timing is great. the gardens open at 10 am, so as i need to photograph the full length of the tunnel without anybody getting in the way i will get there early to be first in line to get in :)
I have arrived just before 9.30 and the car park is deserted , Yay! i make my way down to the garden entrance through the tunnel and i am the only one there , but soon quite a few start arriving. The Arch is just 2 minutes walk from the entrance so i have already got my tripod set up and camera ready to rush round and get as many images as i can while its clear. as the gates open i can, as a National trust member, go through fast entrance and i am rushing round to the arch. i have already decided my composition so quickly i set up and take a series of bracketed frames , i have managed to take just 15 frames before a couple of other photographers set up beside me and then watch in amazement as 3 people just blatantly walk straight in front of us all and walk very slowly down the middle of the tunnel preventing any more shots , after this a steady procession of people arrive and that is it! here are my best 3 images..............
Time for a quick walk around the garden to see if can see any bugs to shoot , the Bearded Iris are looking fabulous.
i have found a spider lurking in a curled up leaf :)
a Blue Himalayan Poppy
The White Wisteria looks superb next to the steps below the rose garden.
and another spider hanging around :)
a final shot from the garden before i nip off to rspb conwy for a walk around there.
I have now driven back to Conwy to walk around the local reserve , i have heard quite a few dragonflies have been seen recently so will try and find a few.
I have just spotted an Emperor Dragonfly hunting over this pool but it is not settling , constantly flying as usual for this species but a male Broad Bodied Chaser is being more co operative and i am going to try get a few shots of this one.
after half an hour i have bagged a few images :)
now its time to walk back to the car park and get back home to go take Mollster for a walk , on the way i must go see the Bee Orchids but first a Common Blue catches my eye :)
and my final image of the Bee Orchid