Thomas Heatherwick Sitooterie II

Sitooterie II

Sitooterie II

I am a great admirer of Thomas Heatherwick’s work and this week had the chance to see his Sitouterie in an Essex garden.

It is a hard subject to photograph but I went for the simple approach, looking in from the outside and looking out from the inside of the same corner. The metal spikes are hollow with amber translucent material at their tips so showing tiny spots of amber light on the inside. A young girl who happened to be there at the same time called to her grandfather “Grandpa, come and see, its the best bit of art I’ve ever seen” (I think she might have been 7 years old at the most!)

Greenwich Park

Magonlia buds have opened further in the warm sunny weather over the last few days.

Magnolia buds almost open in Greenwich Park

Magnolia buds just beginning to burst open

I am lucky to live within walking distance of this great old park, wide views over London, historic bulidings, some of the oldest trees for miles around and plenty of green space. We are all distressed to know that our access will be restricted for so long this summer to make way for the Equestrian Olympics.

Each week we see changes, the building of new banks for jumps, trimming of some trees, removal of others, widening of gateways, re-laying of lawns and paths – the list goes on and on. Progress and development are good but the chain-saw sounds of tree-felling are worrying. Even the heath is being transformed with temporary buildings – provision of stabling for all the horses.

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January 1st

Cornus twigs in a downpour on January 1st at Hyde Hall gardens in Essex

A cold winter’s walk on a Northumbrian beach – scarf wrapped against the wind intensifies the look in her eyes.

Water sculptures by William Pye at The Alnwick Gardens – my subject bravely thrust her hand through a waterfall.

More of The Alnnwick Gardens – the close-clipped hedges makeĀ  a wonderful stage for the bird-walk – he’s very small but he’s there.

Northumbria just before Christmas dusted with icing sugar.

I have been using a 50mm 1.8 Canon lens – its been very useful during the dull light days over the last few weeks.