The above photograph was captured in Eggleston Hall Gardens in County Durham and I believe from looking at various other photos in the achieves, this weather vane is purely ornamental. That is, it doesn’t serve it’s original purpose as a wind or weather vane because it is only about 8 or 10 feet off the ground with lots of taller buildings and trees all around.
That being said, does it matter? In an lovely gardens like the one at Eggleston Hall it looks great. My dad and I both saw it at the same time, and it was one of those moments where we looked at each other and said, “I saw it first, I’m taking its photo”. Needless to say we both have pictures of this weather vane. I’m sure that many people simply walk past it but I thought it worthy of a photograph.
Narcissus pseudo narcissus, more commonly known as the wild daffodil, shown in the photography above was found in the grounds of the Bowes Museum. It was a very quick photo stop here, mainly to capture this photo of the museum itself. But whilst parked near the main entrance I found a huge bed of daffodil flowers in almost perfect condition, although a little in the shade. Due to the rush I was in, this image was captured hand held. Strictly speaking I should have had the camera on a tripod to keep things sharper. I’m told that ideally in flower photography you shouldn’t have just two flowers in the frame. There should always be an odd number like three or five, but I don’t feel it matters too much to this composition. The thing I like most about the above photograph is the background is very much out of focus, you can make out the flower at different angles and stages of its development.
There didn’t seem much to photograph when I pulled up at Eggleston Hall in County Durham. Then I saw a sign pointing to gardens, and so had an explore. It was much more interesting. On the far side of the gardens was a wall, so I followed the wall to the end and came across a small gate. Through I went, down three steps and looked up to see the above church. It was only very small, I had to bend over to get under the doorways, but this little area made for very interesting photography. According to a sign the church is “Egglestone Church of the Holy Trinity”. Research on the internet simply says that the village of Eggleston was once a large mining village.
Not the most interesting photograph that I have published on this website but sometimes I feel that simplicity in photography really adds to what an image can show. To be honest, this is just a tree in a field taken on an evening walk outside the small village of Romaldkirk in County Durham. But I feel the lovely blue of the sky and shape of the tree work well together. Artistically I composed the photo so that the tree was on the right third, putting the tree in the middle would have made the picture boring, but it’s images like this that I often print out and stick on my wall. Its not going to win any awards or be featured in many photographic magazines any time soon, but I like it and that is sometimes all that matters.