Walking through the main entrance to the gardens this is the first view of the castle , mid afternoon sun lighting up the castle. Huge yew trees have been cut into topiary , the big one on the right is couple hundred years old! it was way back in 1720s most of these yew trees where planted.
The castle gardens are built in terraces.
Stunning view from the top terrace.
More giant Yews.
A nice Urn gives good foreground interest with the formal gardens in the background.
The sun illuminates the terrace.
These must be the tallest Pampas grass i have seen , don't see this plant so much these days.
At the bottom of the formal gardens a view through the gate looks out onto this ............. :)
Time to go back to the car and some food before the lights get turned on after dark , after making our way back to the top of the terraces it is getting dark already. just outside the entrance a group of Deer are standing under the big tree and a Peacock has just flown up into the branches :)
Walking back to the car i glance up to the left and spot something in a clearing between the trees , it moved again and i could make out it is a Deer . Getting out my long lens , and shooting hand held at iso 6400 at f7.1 i got 1/25th shutter speed , enough to shoot this image of what turned out to be a big Stag with the afterglow behind it as the sun had already gone down. What a lucky sod i am sometimes :D
As soon as we have eaten it is time to go back into the gardens , it seems strange and unfair for all those people that are not National Trust members that paid to go into the house and gardens earlier that they have to pay Again to go in again!!!!!! luckily we are members, as i would not be happy paying twice lol
The first view , as it was this morning. WOW!
It looks so spooky in the dark , with coloured spotlights everywhere.
The balcony , with the figures lit up :)
The statue is lit up with the castle behind.
I have Managed to get Jan to stay still for nearly 30 seconds! quite difficult lol
Light tubes look like a runway :)
What a view from down in the lower gardens :)
The rose arch is well lit in red .
Two frames merged , one focused on the lantern and one for the castle in background.
Leaving the gardens and walking trough the woods below the castle , spot lights illuminating the trees
A last image of the inner courtyard , with x mass tree.