from Chaos comes Beauty

On Monday we had the first dry day in over a month. A whole day of blue sky and sunshine. It was even quite warm in the sun, although the temperature only reached 11°C, but the wind was light and that made a big difference. On Monday came the news that we shouldn’t socialise any more or make unnecessary journeys. Does visiting a garden where there are no crowds of people classify as unnecessary? I find it a huge boost to my mental health and physical health too as it enables me to get a good walk in beautiful surroundings. NB: The National Trust have announced that they will keep their parks and gardens open (for free) but close  houses, shops and cafés from Friday 20th March.

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At the time of my visit to Trengwainton Garden near Penzance I was blissfully unaware of what was to come and had several thoughts running through my mind as to what I wanted to photograph. Cornish gardens are a joy in early spring – with Magnolias, Camellias and spring bulbs at their best, soon to be followed by Azaleas and Rhododendrons.

There can be nothing better than capturing the glorious colours of the Magnolias against a brilliant azure sky and I love how the flowers often imitate pretty birds fluttering on the end of the branches.

With my Photo Challenge in mind on my Travel Blog I was looking for textures and patterns, colours and light and shadow. I have been to this garden many times and photographed hundreds of plants, but this time I was more aware of what and how I wanted to capture a subject.

Afterwards, when looking through my images I picked out several that, to my mind, also capture the idea of beauty coming from chaos. In this respect I chose those with chaotic twisted branches, multiple stemmed plants, or masses of leaves/flowers.

As we enter a time of darkness, I will leave with one of my favourite shots of the day, the brightness of this lovely fern (Polypodium vulgare?) an epiphytic plant that grows on the surface of other plants and trees; growing here on an ancient moss covered tree.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #88 | Chaos


  1. The magnolias are gorgeous! Now that you’ve gone into lockdown will the gardens still be open? Times are getting tougher.

    1. Heyjude says:

      No garden visits 😒 And just when they are at their best. I’d been looking forward to getting out all this wet and horrible winter. Now it feels like a life sentence. But if this saves lives then we do what we can. My main concern is whether there will be any fresh food in the supermarkets. A distinct lack of meat, fish, chicken and eggs last week.

      1. The food supply here has improved in the last few days. Still no hand sanitiser or wipes.

  2. Geri Lawhon says:

    Beautiful pictures that even a few months later are appreciated during this time of the virus. Thanks for this posting

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you for visiting.

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