One of my favourite places for Autumn colour in a fantastic setting.
Some history -
Sheffield Park Garden is a National Trust property situated on the edge of the Sussex Weald.
It is a beautiful 120 acre woodland garden originally designed for the first Earl of Sheffield by Humphry Repton and Capability Brown in the 18th century.
The third Earl, inherited the estate in 1876. One of his first tasks was to establish a cricket field. The 1st Australia v England cricket match took place there when an Australian XI opened their tour at Sheffield Park between 1884 and 1896. Lord Sheffield's team included W.G. Grace.
Later in 1910 saw the arrival of Arthur Gilstrap Soames who transformed the garden with clumps of lakeside rhododendrons so enjoyed by Virginia Woolf and also introduced the spectacular autumn colour with Japanese maples, nyssas and beds of autumn gentians.
The garden is overlooked by the neo-Gothic mansion Sheffield Park House seen in the photo.
The garden's original design was of trees, manicured lawns and two serpentine lakes. Later these two original lakes were extended to form the present chain of five, with picturesque waterfalls and a 25 foot cascade between the different levels. The shores of the lakes are planted with a superb variety of trees and shrubs. It remains on my list of 'Definitely Must Visit Again and Again and Again'locations.
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kodiak11 (560) 2007-02-11 19:16
Robin....Wow!....the colours are wonderful...and the POV really appeals. Very nice work
javelot800g (69) 2007-02-11 19:22
Nice shot. Good combination of colors. Nice angle.
crazysurfer (52) 2007-02-11 20:47
Really nice landscape, good POV too, the trees seems to guide the eye to the castle.
Almost looks like an excellent painting... well done.
Cormac (26565) 2007-02-11 21:17
This is a stunner Robin! Really gorgeous colours, with a nice reflection and the placement of the lily pads, foreground grass and the tree branch really adds a good sense of depth and three dimentions. Beautiful!
mpb001 (4602) 2007-02-11 22:00
Nice composition with vibrant colors, Robin. Details are very well rendered.
Greg1949 (9011) 2007-02-11 22:24
Beautiful, classical post cart likd but very nice.
Praetzer (2375) 2007-02-12 2:50
Nice postcard. ALfred
recepyuksel (17808) 2007-02-12 3:24
very nice colours...
deud (1920) 2007-02-12 5:12
beautiful autumn scene! great reflections, colors, composition.tfs
daddo (26788) 2007-02-12 7:23
Hi Robin. It's almost too beautiful to be true. The harmonious linking of foreground and distance, using daubs of red, works really well- if it was a painting, one would say that it was contrived. Yet here it is and a photo doesn't lie, at least one taken by you.Marvellous light, great perspective. I could lose myself in it all. Regards. Klaudio.
plimrn (21344) 2007-02-12 8:45
The actual photo with the wonderful clouds and the multicoled trees is stunning by it self, the reflection doubles the pleasure. In addition to the outstanding framing; light, color & detail are all idyllic. Wishing you health, Love & joy, Pat
nmess (2301) 2007-02-14 12:27
This is an exceptional image and deserves full marks Robin. Almost too coloful and almost to perfect to be real. What can I say, except .. Bravo
One thing.. It doesn't look black and white to me ;-)
belido (19934) 2007-04-21 9:41
That's a suberb picture! The place is simply beautiful. The flat water works like a mirror. Very well done!
mpsf (731) 2007-07-25 3:59
Qué preciosidad Robin, parece una pintura, es magnífico! nunca había visto unos reflejos tan logrados, con esos colores tan bonitos, esa nitidez, esa luminosidad. Y además con el castillo al fondo. No tengo palabras. (no te doy más puntos porque no hay) Un saludo desde España.
spring (70) 2008-02-08 22:11
What a beautiful shot! I love how you captured so much in the photo! I feel like I could look at this all day and keep seeing new little things. The reflections are magnificent!
Very well done!
Pelje (597) 2008-02-25 16:35
Very nice shot, it looks like a picture out of a fairytale book. Good colours, good light, good reflections on the watersurface. A withe swan in the middle and it`s perfect!!
blagov58 (289) 2010-06-17 18:50
Fantastic colors, great reflections, marvelous light!
- Copyright: Robin Lawrence (robinlawr) (903)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-11-00
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon Coolpix 995, Digital - JPG, 0.3 ND Grad
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Reflections on the water [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-02-11 19:10
- Favorites: 3 [view]