Not far from Rickmansworth, a walk of about 2km actually, several spurs run off the Grand Union Canal; they're all dead-ends, culs-de-sac. Mostly one finds house-boats here, colorful canal boats, permanently moored beside the bank where a small piece of land has been commandeered to make an 'annex' or to build a shed.
Near the end of one spur I found this very English looking house. I'm not sure when it was built; but to me it has the look of something built in the 1930s perhaps, or 40s. I think houses of this design were usually divided into two residences, which would explain the two TV antennae. I remember that after several short excursions down untidy, increasingly overgrown stretches of water, I was almost taken aback by the gloriously reflected scene that you see here.
Rickmansworth is about 31km north-west of the centre of London, an outer suburb with the feel of a village.
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snunney (106465) 2010-03-28 4:06
Yes, certainly looks like a pair of semi-detached houses built between the wars like many houses on the outskirts of London. It occupies a very enviable position seemingly sitting in splendid isolation. I like the point of view that takes good advantage of the little path to create a feeling of depth and encompassing the fine reflections in the canal. A very pleasant light accompanied by good natural colours and excellent sharpness.
BennyV (20481) 2010-03-28 4:25
A terrific shot, Andrew. The deep blue of the water and the reflection of the house on it are wonderful. The path and the white flowers on the left form a great border to the scene. But in the end it is the very English house itself that steals the show. As it should! Great picture, great note too. Tfs.
lgir (7363) 2010-03-28 6:52
nice perspective on that channel where the house is reflected beautifully.
Light and contrast are also well rendered.
saxo042 (37966) 2010-03-28 8:46
This looks indeed like a very calm and peaceful place! Hard to believe this is only 31 km from the centre of London. Still a very typical suburban house, beautifully situated along the canal.
Budapestman (82620) 2010-03-28 9:21
a beautiful photo of this place with picturesque atmosphere, the composition is very nice, beautiful reflection and colours, a romantic and cosy impression, I like it very much! Tfs! Have a nice Sunday! Kellemes vasárnapot kívánok!
dta (82328) 2010-03-28 9:36
Hello Andrew ,
A superbly balanced composition . Splendid colors of spring , too , and a great clarity . I like especially the white flowers in the left ("sureau" en français) , and the fine reflections in the little canal .
PixelTerror (0) 2010-03-28 10:08
Nice countryside image, the left path gives depth and perspective and the light is very enjoyable
Have a nice day JY
john1 (4028) 2010-03-28 10:27
Wonderfull landscape, all this colors in the spring mod are splendid. Very good sharpness and light, the framing is excellent.
Good job, TFS.
vasilpro (41661) 2010-03-28 13:09
Wonderful composition, beautiful place, very nice reflections, bright colors and lovely atmosphere.
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
tyro (26142) 2010-03-28 13:22
This is a beautifully-balanced shot with good (though not excessive) colour saturation, contrasts and absolutely amazing sharpness. The brick pathway and the canal lead the eye easily into the picture and the reflections on the sleepy water are just superb.
This is indeed a fine looking residence probably, as you say, dating from the 1930's or 40's, judging by those wide bay windows. A desirable property, I should guess, lying within easy reach of London. You have photographed this exceedingly well.
paura (47186) 2010-03-28 17:28
A beautiful composition with excellent sharpness. Nice Pentax job.
ifege (10719) 2010-03-29 2:13
A good photo of tow path and picturesque surroundings Andrew. great sky and reflections.
Elaine_Blath (8509) 2010-03-29 4:59
a very pleasant look at English countryside just as we know it from jane austen novels ;-) nice reflection and light, well done!
Take care, Ivana
prabut (3548) 2010-03-29 7:18
Pretty idyllic landscape. Wonderful reflection of the house on the water. This path can take a pleasant stroll. Pretty nice composition of photos in natural colors. Likes
sacavem (18620) 2010-03-29 7:58
Good shot and good work to capture this image.
Excellent composition, very nice colours. I like the reflection in the water.
orme (7219) 2010-03-29 8:21
A beautiful composition with an excellent reflection.
I especially like the tranquility of the scene and the perspective along the path.
Very well framed.
cherryripe (21033) 2010-03-29 11:00
This really does look so English. Lovely reflection too and good depth thanks to your pov along the path.
P.S. I see that the Ds got off to their usual start of the season...
AiresSantos (56155) 2010-03-30 1:33
Very well composed picture with great colors
I like diagonals and reflections
Well framed and done
Have a nice day
papagolf21 (109234) 2010-03-30 2:55
Bonjour, cher Andrew,
Joli paysage de la campagne anglaise, cette maison semble occupée en effet par deux familles (en tenant compte des antennes de télévision).
Le reflet et la position de la maison sont de toute beauté. Ce petit chemin est une véritable invitation à découvrir ce qui suit la rivière.
Jolie mise en image.
asajernigan (21427) 2010-03-30 3:21
This is a well composed shot using the path to lead the eye into the scene. The reflection is nice giving the photo depth and balance. The off center placement of the house works well. The lighting and colors are great and the photo has excellent sharpness.
holmertz (59060) 2010-03-30 8:12
Not just the house is very English looking. The whole scenery looks typical English as far as I can judge. The canal, the narrow road along it, the vegetation reminds me of my first journey to England a long time ago. A very nice composition with the house slightly off centre, mirroring itself nicely in the calm water, thick vegetation framing the picture on both sides.
Gerrit (52283) 2010-03-30 8:27
quite Brittish indeed. A fine house and real fine view in excellent summer colors and light.
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2010-03-30 11:40
Hello Andrew! Good shot. Good colours. Interesting architecture and nature. Well done!
ellelloo (6572) 2010-03-31 6:57
An idyllic summer scene from the suburb of greater London. Actually one would believe this is far more away from the big city. A good composition with the path on the left giving a good perspective impression and the trees framing the photo on both sides. Very good colours, clarity and contrast and a lovely calm summer atmosphere. TFS!
siolaw (38292) 2010-03-31 22:55
Nicely built image with path and canal leading the eye into the landscape. Bright light and colors with sharp details. Pleasant reflexions too!
Kielia (24077) 2010-04-01 5:43
really another thoroughly composed impression of this interesting canal. Your POV works excellently and you took a great advantage of the wonderful atmosphere of early summer. The colors are very pleasant. My compliments!
macjake (72535) 2010-04-01 9:13
This is a classic JHM shot!
He's known for his Belgium beauties, with strong lines of depth on one side of the frame, with an opposite sided frame building.
same is displayed here, and you have a wonderful reflection aswell.
bright lighting warms the scene.
Cricri (125832) 2010-04-01 10:37
Très belles perspective du chemin, les reflets bien capter de la maison sous une très belle lumière qui embelli le paysage
wolf38 (31296) 2010-04-03 6:05
Hi andrew. A lovely landscape with house, water, flowering trees and beautiful light. Interesting is also the informative text. Overall, beautiful and worth seeing. Regards, Wolfgang .... a happy Easter.
jafadabret (56501) 2010-04-03 11:47
Ce paysage est superbe avec un air très anglais. J'aime cette vieille demeure qui se reflète dans ce canal au milieu d'un environnement aux allures de jardin de Claude Monet.
Royaldevon (43333) 2010-04-04 3:16
Yes, it does look very English and very pre-war.
What a wonderful setting it commands!
I just love how you have enclosed it in the rich, late-spring foliage. You have achieved a great depth, satisfying the curiousity of the viewer, regarding the scene.
I might have been tempted to crop a tad from the sky, bringing the house and its lovely reflection into a slightly stronger position. What do you think?
francio64 (39888) 2010-04-04 4:03
bella immagine con un bel riflesso della casa sull'acqua, che arricchisce piacevolmente la composizione.
Ottimo il DOF sul vialetto ben illuminato.
I wish you a good Easter!
John_F_Kennedy (43763) 2010-04-09 2:24
What a beautiful shot that you are sharing with us here! A very nice nice house located on this pond, very good colours too.
have a nice day,
skippy007 (12510) 2010-04-11 16:16
Hello Andrew, I particularly like the the contrast & colour of this well composed, very green "country" scene. Within the proximity of London I would think a very sought after bit of real estate, especially surrounded by water. Two TV antennas but it looks like one house to me, maybe because of it's country like setting. Nice mirror like reflection. I saw Nikki's comments on the Dees, I wonder if she's heard about their last two efforts, GO Dees.
PS Steve suggested that it could be time for another meeting of the Melbourne "TE" clan.
Longroute (19396) 2010-04-12 8:31
When I saw this photo I said to myself: typically English!
The composition is really well arranged, the canals are often a good chance for nice perspective, and here you have a lovely countryside and a very pretty reflection. and that house could not be set in a better place. The sky too gives its important contribution to the success of this photo.
gildasjan (43824) 2010-04-13 1:23
Très agréable image avec ce contraste et le bon cadrage des éléments de cette composition.
danos (103098) 2010-04-14 1:24
nice presentation of this English house losing between the trees and the greenery.I like the reflections on the calmly and tranquil waters as the good management of the lighting conditions.The vivid colours make the scene more adorable.Well done.
Vasa (515) 2010-04-14 16:35
I imagine Andrew, that you made many pictures on that charming corner of Hertfordshire. Irresistible atmosphere and poetic inspiration. So nice picture for the finish of the day on TE. Proud of your visit and your friendship.
Sergiom (88249) 2010-04-15 6:39
Le chemin qui porte le regard vers l'horizon est une excellente idée. La qualité de l'image est exceptionnelle dans sa luminosité et sa netteté.
Ricx (13495) 2010-04-16 3:53
Hi Andrew, Great photo of the English dwelling. There are some beautiful waterways in the UK that are always worth following and finding.. I like the sharp colours and good reflection. well done Ricx
emjleclercq (15780) 2010-04-18 13:40
A perfect image of peacefull English countryside, and the little house, not so old as you mention, becomes lovely when reflected in that calm canal.
All the best,
Fante (5429) 2010-04-19 1:10
beautiful photo. Excelent composition with promenade coming from left corner. Nice tree framing. Amazing sharpness with many details and very good DOF. Great colors. Bravo
emka (106694) 2010-04-19 15:02
It is a nice photo - beautiful house in english style, wonderfully situated by the canal, a path on the left invites for a walk. great composition and colours.
darek1978 (13361) 2010-04-20 13:58
This is a perfect "double" photograph due to the reflection. I like your composition, but also the execution with fine color hues and high sharpness. The reflection of the architecture (very interesting) is amazing. Well done!
Thanks for sharing,
JanD (0) 2010-04-23 3:27
Wonderful place. Amazing nature and architecture. Beautiful building. Interesting canal. Good colors. Fine reflection.
npecanhuk (78513) 2010-05-23 7:52
It seems to be a very pleasant location!
It's a lovely and beautiful picture!
Sharpness, exposure, pov, dof, colors, horizontal format, black & white borders and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congratulations!
My warmest regards,
testmaniac (13508) 2010-06-24 22:58
Hello Andrew, good composed and interesting photo. Wonderful mood and colors.
TFS and regards,
chrisnet (23062) 2010-09-06 11:03
I like much the great perspective of the path and the beautiful reflections. A nice and peaceful place well taken.
fds (9569) 2011-03-11 22:42
very beautiful paint with great green colors
mafegan (8626) 2011-12-20 19:41
A very English scene with perfect reflection, interesting sky and very natural colours. The path to the side adds a sense of curiosity. Cheers, marlene
maloutim (9651) 2013-02-16 19:33
What a beautiful spot in the "suburbs" of London ! Perfect, clear colours and reflections in the canal.
Lovely styled house. You are probably right about the period. But whatever the period, they always look so British !
The sunny path on the left makes for a good composition and is very inviting. I want to be walking along there.
Thanks for sharing.
- Copyright: Andrew McRae (macondo) (19806)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-06-01
- Categories: Transportation, Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K200D, Tamron 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DiII, Cokin 62mm Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2010-03-28 4:01