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Leaves, Laura Marie HowellBecause who doesn’t love doing this?


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I find myself curiously drawn towards greenhouses, lured within by the exotic species and tantalising heat. Let me define my peaked interest in the greenhouse, I’m not talking about one you may find squirrelled away in the depths of the garden but more the grandeur of the Victorian era. These elaborately designed structures became much celebrated pieces by the wealthy upper classes and botanists alike. Last year I visited Chatsworth and its just how you imagine it to be, a grand building surrounded by the sprawling Derbyshire Dales as far as the eye can see; but its the gardens that are the real treat. I could spend hours wandering and getting lost down secret passages and tree lined avenues. Unfortunately the original greenhouse designed by Joseph Paxton in 1837 no longer exists (at the time it was the largest glass building in the world!) being demolished after the 1st World War, due to heating costs. Its a great shame that such a structure was lost, replaced by its much more modern counterpart in which I took these tropical looking species.

  • I loved Jamie Beck’s take on the ‘film vs digital‘ debate, but I don’t think I could ever part with my beloved 5D Mark III
  • This morning I got lost in these gorgeous wisteria blooms over on Sonya Khegay‘s blog
  • After watching ‘73 Questions‘ over on, I think I may have become even more obsessed with Sarah Jessica Parker
  • I can’t get this bag out of my head. If only I could find somewhere that has it in stock…

Hello Spring, I’ve missed you! Just as I was beginning to think I would never see the sun again. The weather in England is finally picking up and we have been very lucky of late with some bright blue skies, oh and did I mention the beautiful flowers popping up everywhere! This weather revival is the perfect excuse for walks and icecreams, a mantra which I firmly believe in and have already begun.  Hoping this spell will never end…

Note: These bluebells aren’t blooming yet, but they were pretty and very spring like. Stolen from a post intended for last year- when they were in actual bloom.

Happy New Year! 2013 flew by with such speed, that I can’t really believe its all over. I spent the last year in a bit of a creative rut, feeling uninspired and generally being quite lazy about posting work (when I actually did it), but 2014 is upon us; and I am determined to make the most of it and to shoot like crazy. Whilst still basking in the post firework watching/big ben chiming tv daze where everything seems achievable and dreams possible, I scribbled down a list of resolutions which I will definitely stick to. Or not. I have vowed to blog more, travel often, exercise etc etc. These photos are slightly unrelated, but as its the 1st of January I’m sticking to a least one resolution of trying to post work more frequently.  Taken on a recent walk over the festive period, whilst escaping the christmas chaos; new friends were made in the form of some very friendly horses.

134C1447134C1436134C1445Sunday mornings are normally the perfect excuse to stay in bed and laze around, but sunshine and blue skies are a great motivation for kicking off the duvet. I threw on my favourite Hunters, bundled up and headed out camera in hand for a gentle stroll around Fritton Forest. Luckily I managed to catch what was left of the morning light as it flickered across the leaves, giving off those gorgeous autumnal hues. Out of all the seasons I think Autumn is my favourite, I don’t think I’ll ever be too old to purposefully run through a massive pile of fallen leaves, listening for the familiar sounds of crunching under foot.

134C0281134C0292134C0285Birmingham has more miles of canals than Venice. Technically these photos weren’t taken in Birmingham, but in a village in Warwickshire (pretty near). The Grand Union canal passes through Lapworth onto Birmingham eventually ending up in London, and its the longest in the country; stretching a massive 137 miles! I walked a couple of miles through the charming scenery of the Warwickshire countryside, but I think it would be fascinating to see the change in surroundings starting off in the city. I love the natural patterns created from the reflection of the water, dancing across the brick wall of the bridge.

So I seem to walk quite a lot, or I get dragged along quite a lot. Its hard to say which, but I do love it when it leads to some interesting shots. The family and I headed out to the picturesque Stratford on Avon Canal, located in Warwickshire. I’ve walked this one many times but I’ve never seen the water so still and mirror like, reflecting the landscape so clearly. Look closely (or squint) and you might see the Heron (clue: it’s in the 6th shot). After a long walk, we all plodded back and finished the outing in the local watering hole, conveniently located right next to the canal.