let there be light

and shadows.

Casting shadows

When the sun shines during the winter months it is a good opportunity to go out for a few hours. A National Trust garden that stays open throughout the year is Godolphin¹ which is about 11 miles from where I live. The thing I enjoy about this garden, apart from the fact that it is an interesting example of plants that grow locally, is that in the winter the low sun creates beautiful  light and shadows around the multiple buildings and surrounding trees.

Reaching for the light
The Potting Shed
The King’s Garden is the sixteenth century walled privy garden to Godolphin’s state room, the King’s Room.
Where this old magnolia tree is beginning to form buds and where its bending shadow becomes something else – in my mind.
Dark shadows form in the corners
Look at me!
The neatly clipped hedges and evergreen trees provide structure to these side gardens.
Standing guard
A different view
A sunlit nook and cranny. A place to hide and meditate.
Exit – January 26th 2023

¹National Trust owned Tudor and Stuart Grade 1 mansion complete with Elizabethan stables. Surrounded by formal gardens (c.1500), orchards, bluebell woods and extensive estate.

33 Comments Add yours

  1. Jane Lurie says:

    Striking light and a splendid place to explore, Jude. Lovely.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you Jane. It is a lovely place for photography in the winter months when the sun is shining.

  2. Ann Mackay says:

    I love low-angled light and the shadows it creates. It has brought the textures up so much in the stone walls that I feel as if I could reach out and feel them. A lovely garden visit – thanks for bringing us along with you! 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      You are most welcome Ann. There’s so much texture here with the stone, the moss, lichens and the old doors.

  3. Winter trees are always so beautiful.

  4. Graham says:

    Lovely shadows Jude. What a nice day you had. I don’t think I ever visited this place when I lived down there.

    1. Heyjude says:

      It’s a great little place for winter light and shadows. Expensive admission though considering its size.

  5. What a lovely place to wander in! I love the trees that grow like skeletons towards the (blue) sky … I suppose this is a bonus during winter! And it seems like you were the only person there 🙂.

    1. Heyjude says:

      There weren’t many people that’s true, but it is never busy unlike other NT gardens in Cornwall.

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