Sometimes it requires someone who lives far away to point out to you the treasures that lie so very close to where you live yourself. And so it was in the case of the Dawyck Botanic Garden which lies at Stobo, near Peebles, and only about 20 miles from our home.
Our TE friend, Bev Robinson (Royaldevon), reminded me of this place when I met her last week and she uploaded her delightful photograph from here a few days ago. And so, Here's to you, Mrs. Robinson! - thank you for reminding me of this delightful place which I had heard of but never visited until I went there and took this one just two days ago.
Dawyck Garden, an outpost of the Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh, is lovely and although it was getting later in the afternoon, I sat here a while and puffed my pipe, admiring the colours and the sunshine as it struck the top of a tall silver birch, and breathed in the ambience of the place.
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Silvio1953 (118527) 2013-11-06 9:05
Ciao John, fascinating composition with lovely bench in FG, relaxing atmosphere, wonderful autumnal colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
baclama (17467) 2013-11-06 9:07
les couleurs d'automne sont magnifiques...les plus claires sont un peu surex... dommage
parvatibb (1385) 2013-11-06 10:48
Beautiful fall colors and very inviting bench! I like your frame.
Enjoy the park!
jadesgran (5202) 2013-11-06 10:58
I like your picture very much.
The colours tell us Autumn is almost finished and the dreaded Winter is looming.
The path leads me right into the picture where the shrubs have been sympathetically planted.You are quite right about not seeing immediate places of beauty, until a stranger points it out.
P.S.I think a person sitting on the bench would complete a very pleasing picture
mesutilgim (81578) 2013-11-06 13:04
Amazing capture from this nice botanical garden.
Very good pov and compo.
Many interesting notes makes your entry a perfect TE job.
TFS and best regards
daddo (23242) 2013-11-06 14:21
Hi John.The sentiments expressed in your first paragraph have come true for me also since I started taking photos for TE and discovered new places on hearsay or serendipitously.Great use of golden colours to balance the composition by placing trees and woo in opposite corners. Regards. Klaudio.
jjcordier (74650) 2013-11-06 23:20
L'endroit est superbe et on s'assiérait volontiers sur ce banc accueillant au milieu de cette belle végétation. Des conditions de lumière pas faciles à maîtriser mais l'ensemble reste très plaisant.
Royaldevon (27781) 2013-11-07 0:20
Good Morning John,
And thank you to you, Mr Cannon!
I'm so glad you managed to get to the gardens. The weather looks infinitely better than when we were there, but it was certainly worth the effort.
Your photograph is really well composed, the bench strongly positioned, inviting viewers to rest and look to the left, to enjoy the array of varied colours and textures. Nature is so generous in Autumn!
The path makes a good lead to a strong vanishing point, encouraging attention to the taller features.
I particularly like the light on the naked standard to the left.
Sorry I haven't been around for a while. Our son collapsed and we have been supporting him and his family for several days. Hopefully, he will have no further problems!
Have a lovely day,
macondo (18551) 2013-11-07 2:09
Gentle polarising effect here, in the sky and the greens and golden tones. I always marvel at how much an unoccupied bench seat can add to a photo, if it's well placed and at a pleasing angle. Some light glancing off the wood doesn't go astray either. The seat here looks as though it might have a small commemorative plaque on the back-rest. In this one, the vast array of colour tones in the massed and layered vegetation is most impressive, extending so deeply into the distance. It's a good crop, and I don't think you could have made it any narrower without sacrificing the seat or the tree on the left, or at least some of the space around them. I think the original shot might have had somewhat stronger contrast than this, light v. shade, but you've successfully brought out the detail and given the shot a gentle look. Very nice indeed. And now to have a look at Bev's.
olive224 (2719) 2013-11-07 4:36
I like the POV and the great DOF of this image
The top of some trees is a little weird but that's fine for me.
CHeers and TFS
Noel_Byrne (22260) 2013-11-07 4:54
Love your title, I will be singing that all afternoon now :)
Love the shot too, there is so much color in this, its incredible. Amazing 3D effect to the scene too, I think because of how you composed it with the bench, I feel like I could step inside the shot. You have a really cool talent for doing that.
Kamilutka (8095) 2013-11-07 7:11
the colors created by the nature make you photo really outstanding. What a pretty place to sit down and have a few minutes for oneself. The bench is especially inviting. I like the vertical format and the whole composition.
Thanks for sharing
SnapRJW (30199) 2013-11-07 8:39
Hello John - This is a lovely shot and a fine place to sit and puff on your old pipe. I love the colourful layers of vegetation and the autumn palette shown here rivals a summer garden without effort. Although we can see over the garden towards what looks to be hills I think there is a lovely intimacy here. The empty bench beckons me to sit a while and soak up the cloistered feel of the place. Very nice work. Have a fine evening. Rosemary
romanaa (7934) 2013-11-07 12:38
I have never seen such beautiful gardens ad there are in England. I love your picture with the light on bright autumn trees and the composition with the bench in the foreground that gives the feeling of cosiness.
adidas5nb (4690) 2013-11-23 17:51
love this 1 for the mood it creates because of the depth and the empty bench.great pov ,colors and light.
COSTANTINO (53013) 2013-12-17 10:24
pleasant place to have a walk or to sit
beautiful autumn colors and details
romantic place for romantic people
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (19342)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-11-04
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM, Tiffen 77mm Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/11, 1/60 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-11-06 8:16