The National Arboretum at Westonbirt (http://www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt) is one of our favourite places. Typically we are there every Saturday morning for a walk with our dogs Coco & Marley among the trees, plants and other dog lovers. It is certainly a mecca for dogs – I’d guess that a very significant percentage of those people that arrive soon after opening have one or more dogs in tow. Our dogs absolutely love it – doggy heaven. For me it’s great to meet the other dogs and their owners and hopefully take a photograph or two.
This morning’s highlight was meeting Dante the whippet and Zeus the young boxer:
Of course given the time of year the main attraction at Westonbirt is the display of autumn colour. I have no idea what the ‘expert’ opinion is but I think it may be an exceptional year for colour; certainly Westonbirt is looking very beautiful indeed and there is much more potential for colour to develop through the next few weeks as we slide inevitably toward winter. Whilst Yellow Hound is focused an the animal side of my work I love to photograph all sorts of subjects and can’t resist the lure of nature in particular. The challenge of course is to arrive at a composition that is artistically pleasing and this is something that can be particularly challenging when faced with fantastic colours and beauty in abundance. This week I felt that I spent most of my time wandering the grounds enjoying the surroundings but failing to find good compositions. Indeed I often feel that whilst the temptation my be to try to capture the wide view it is often the details or narrow views that are are more pleasing; very often when I’m walking with my wife she will point to something and say ‘that’s nice’ but, whilst lovely, I can’t see how to make it work as a photographic composition as there is no obvious focal point.
Here are a few shots from this week – I’d be delighted to hear your views on them.