I write the picture posts to this blog, using the images in the order that I took them. Currently, I am trawling through my photographs taken in 2016 and have now got to August of that year. My wife and I were on a trip to Batsford Arboretum in Gloucestershire on a (probably) rare sunny warm day which is where I took the following three photographs.
As I looked at the images, I was struck at how vibrant the green was in each of the images and how enjoyable it was just to look at them. They gave me a feeling of peace and well-being. Of course, green is supposed to be a more restful colour to the eye.

Our eye sees colour via the cone cells. People who see normally have three different types of cones cells, red, green and blue. Of the six to seven million cones cells we have, 45% are green. Our eyes need to work less to perceive a green colour. That must be the reason why hi-viz vests are fluorescent green.

All of these images were taken in the Arboretum using the sky to back-light them.

Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF35mm F/2 R WR

I particularly like the detail that has been picked up in this image by the light showing through the leaves. The venation pattern or veins in the leaf are clearly visible. What an amazing piece of natural architecture.

Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF35mm F/2 R WR

This next shot is taken further away from the tree to show the leaves attached to the branch. Once again the contre-jour allows the construction of the leaf to be easily seen and the greens enhanced.

Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF35mm F/2 R WR

The last photograph is a back-lit fern which just has glorious shades of vibrant greens magnified by the sun.



OUt and About – Chatsworth House

Today saw us driving up the M1 to Chatsworth House. It had been a couple of years since we have been there and if I remember correctly we didn’t actually go in the house.
The weather was very sunny, but very cold. There was supposed to have been a large bonfire party on the 2nd November, but it was cancelled due to heavy rain. Instead it was being held on the evening of the day we were there and there were hordes of people busy everywhere on the estate.
Some of the garden was cordoned off a round a huge bonfire  and from what looked like hundreds of dangerous looking fireworks being set up alongside the lake, ready for the display in the evening.

Again I took the D800 and the low sunlight and deep dark shadows posed some interesting problems when taking images.

The image below is of the lake and some ornamental slate paving by its banks. I turned the image on its side, and liked the way that the green and the slate fragments looked like a cross-section through a plant stem.

Stem – Nikon D7100