Rydal Mount, set in the little village of Rydal in Cumbria, was the best loved family home of the Lakeland poet, William Wordsworth, and his family for the greater part of his life from 1813 until his death at the age of 80 in 1850. It was here that he wrote many of his poems, revised much of his earlier works and also published the final version of his most famous poem "Daffodils".
Here we see Wordsworth's house amidst the extensive four acre gardens which he both designed and tended. He had an office or study in the house but often said that his study was not indoors but outdoors where he could better communicate with Nature for inspiration. Indeed, he often spent time alone in his little garden shed where he could sit in solitude to write and compose his verse.
I think most English speaking people must know the "Daffodils", but here is a poem written by Wordsworth around 1835 which describes his view across Rydal Water from his home here at Rydal Mount:
Soft as a cloud is yon blue Ridge--the Mere
Seems firm as solid crystal, breathless, clear,
And motionless; and, to the gazer's eye,
Deeper than ocean, in the immensity
Of its vague mountains and unreal sky!
But, from the process in that still retreat,
Turn to minuter changes at our feet;
Observe how dewy Twilight has withdrawn
The crowd of daisies from the shaven lawn,
And has restored to view its tender green,
That, while the sun rode high,
Was lost beneath their dazzling sheen.
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jjcordier (70491) 2013-09-27 22:49
Un très joli "cottage" superbement entouré par ce magnifique parc.
jadesgran (4464) 2013-09-27 23:17
What a clever man! Not only a writer of poems but someone having a good eye for garden design.
You have composed the picture to show both house and garden to their very best.T.F.S.
annjackman (16763) 2013-09-27 23:37
This is a lovely example where good light and good photography can make a house and garden picture look so delightful. Everything seems so well placed in the frame with the old brown brick shed balanced by the tall brown tree on the other side. My eye is also drawn to the little chair on the patio. Other key elements for me are the bushes in the FG helping to frame the house and the colours and in the cloudy sky. As for the sharpness and exposure - first class as usual.
Best wishes, Ann
emka (68516) 2013-09-27 23:37
Even I know Daffodils but I do not know this poem. What a nice place to write verses. (But even in such place I wouldn't write anything). Beautifully composed photo with the house behind the trees. Wonderful quiet atmosphere.
I was lately in other poets' town - in Weimar in Germany where Schiller and Goethe lived. And there is also Goethe garden house.
Marvelous photo. Warm regrads
Noel_Byrne (17121) 2013-09-28 8:29
This is what I would call a chocolate box scene, so beautifully idyllic and peaceful, with lovely natural colors and the really nice house positioned perfectly in the frame. The active sky suits the scene so well. It is nice to see the house of a man so famous remains so beautifully kept.
All the best
ourania (22684) 2013-09-28 13:31
I believe you've done full justice to the wonderful setting, the bright moment of your capture and the delightful atmosphere of this place. I've been there once on an excursion and it's one of the places I'd love to see again. Your composition is solid and balanced and the view you are offering us has excellent clarity and depth. You really draw us into the frame giving the impression that we can wander in the beautiful garden and approach the house and the details that attract us the most. The colours are marvellous and I love how the intensity of the light is combined with the tranquility of this magnificent, sheltered area. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great Sunday,
williewhistler (11236) 2013-09-28 13:57
Hello John, you have used the lovely light to good effect in a well considered composition with the white house nicely placed and perfectly exposed.
The shades of green are a delight.
Kind regards Les.
Royaldevon (24228) 2013-09-29 5:24
The poem is infinitely more classy than my immediate response of 'How many kind of sweet flowers grow in an English country garden ...!'
Everything is so well placed and has a purpose, from the f/g vegetation, via the framing tree, round the path, up the irresistible steps and reaching the focal house, enjoying the beauty on the trip.
The grey sky is a lovely moody touch and it is obvious from the light that the day was not a grey one.
Excellent sharpness throughout.
Have a great Sunday,
SnapRJW (26942) 2013-09-29 7:56
Living in a location such as this must have been a wonderful source of inspiration for Wordsworth John. Getting up each day to enjoy the views and feel of the earth when gardening is a relaxing pursuit and connects one with the beauty of the natural world. An attractive shot with a good array of greens, I love the greeny-yellow hues which the light seems to bring to the fore. An nicely figured sky and the white house complete a lovely shot. Warm regards Rosemary
mjw364 (6490) 2013-09-29 9:34
Nicely composed shot that observes many of the basic rules of composition - and though the cottage is central to have it anywhere else in this shot would disturb the compositional balance I think. Well exposed, premium sharpness and perfect saturation.
mkamionka (28418) 2013-09-30 2:33
beautiful capture of this charming house.
The light was fantastic well illuminating the foreground with some darker clouds behind. I like the well saturated green color tones. This region seems to have so much to offer so my short visit was barely scratching the surface of it.
jcpix (9232) 2013-10-04 22:03
This looks too good to be true! I mentioned this to Bev about a charming cottage she had posted recently...where and how do I trade in my desert dwelling for this? It's been mentioned before of course, but it's worth repeating...this is quite an idyllic setting. I guess before I get ahead of myself though, I would have to think the landscaping would consume far too much time to actually sit back and enjoy the surroundings. :)
A most pleasing display, your composition and controlled exposure has made for a wonderful look at the appeal and charm of this manor and grounds. The darker, cloud filled sky works perfectly against the bright light for color and contrast. As we all know, and have most likely said, pictures never do it justice....but I believe this one must come close!
Have a great weekend ahead. Take good care.
Cheers from the States,
macjake (49236) 2013-10-05 4:36
really.....a poets name is Mr. Wordsworth??
thats Classic!! I guess it was meant to be :)
On a personal note, I found that shed you added to be a little creepy actually...hard to believe he found inspiration in there....all i'd find are spiders :)
And i have to say, to live to be 80 in the 1800's must have been some sort of record!!!
Its an accomplishment to live to be 80 in todays world.
what can i say about this photo John, looks lovely because of all the greenery, plants, trees, and the small hint of architecture. I think the grey brooding skyline helped too.
Sitting out in the garden/grass area i can see being inspirational, but not in that shed haha
lovely photo all around
Thank you so much for writing down that poem in regards to Scooby and dogs in general - brought a tear to my eye - yes, i'm man enough to say that.
jhm (131736) 2013-10-07 1:09
These nice I have missed, notwithstanding a lovely autumn picture also a nice subject, I see taken beginning August, this very early for autumn colours, certainly here in Belgium.
What a quiet environment for to life, almost middle of the green nature.
Nice composition, lovely presentation, TFS.
Have a nice new week,
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (17246)
- Genre: Places
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- Date Taken: 2013-08-07
- Categories: Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
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- Date Submitted: 2013-09-27 16:54