Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Lost Gardens (Cornwall part#2)

While we were in Cornwall to visit The Eden Project at the weekend (previous post) we stayed in the fishing village of Mevagissey. It's a nice little town (apparently I've been there before on a family holiday as a child, but I don't remember anything other than the name!) with an abundance of chippy's and eateries as well a very cool old harbour. The sun was out for our trip and I managed a few shots wandering around town.

As we were nearby, we also went to visit The Lost Gardens of Heligan. Just north of Mevagissey, this place was effectively "found" after the hurricane in 1990! It's been an ongoing restoration project since then. A bit more of a tradtional botanical garden than Eden so less immersive in terms of climate and enviroment, but more alive with bees, bugs and animal life. And the biggest Rhodedendron bushes I've ever seen!

Again all shots were with the G9. Exposure compensation came into use extensively as the early, low light was doing an excellent job of backlighting the leaves and confusing the metering at the same time.

The Stitch Mode is a massive help too as the exposure lock makes blending skies an easy job for Photoshop.

Also, I almost made through two post about botanical gardens without posting a macro flower photo! Almost:

All in all a succesful weekend and return trips to both Eden and Heligan are in order.

And finally, a wee plug for the Tregorran Guest House that we stayed at: highly recommended if you're in the Mevagissey area!
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