Thursday, 4 December 2014

Day and Night at Kew Gardens.


A week ago today Anita and I visited Kew Gardens. At the start of our walk the Palm House, stocked full of exotic specimens, was bathed in autumnal sunlight but would look totally different some 6 hours later.

Normally hidden by all the abundant foliage is the Treetop Walkway. Just an 18 metre climb up the steps gets you high up into the canopy for a bird's-eye view of the gardens.


There was certainly no fear of feeling insecure as we traversed the walkway watching mixed flocks of Blue, Great, Coal and Long-tailed Tits feeding amoungst the nearby branches.


Elsewhere we enjoyed the foliage colours, the snaking Sackler Crossing over the lake with its striking black granite walkway and its interesting fence plus the very modern design of the Davies Alpine House.

Once darkness fell the gardens took on a totally different persona as we followed the 'snowflake' trail to the sounds of enchanting music and interesting lighting displays.

Finally back at the Palm House we enjoyed more music as the lighting display bathed the structure in a myriad of colour and patterns.
Linking to Good Fences.

17 comments:

  1. those are some funky lights! a neat place with a very cool walkway!

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  2. Oh my these are awesome takes. Love them all.

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  3. cool place

    I just finished watching Star Trek on Netflicks...this could have been a setting :)

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  4. I love the walkway - that must be pure fun to be able
    to look into tree tops, which one normally can't without
    climbing :)

    【ツ】Knipsa

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  5. Thanks for the memories Frank. It must be all of 25 years since my last visit to Kew.

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  6. How exciting to visit this place through your photos. I would so enjoy it in person but this is the next best thing. Great fencing, I really liked the curved fence on that walkway and the fascinating building. The sky walk looks scary but it's got some great fencing so perhaps I wouldn't be to afraid if I ever visited. Enjoyed this post very much.

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  7. What an amazing transformation from day to night. Beautiful. I love your new header. It is inspiring.

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  8. What a wonderful place Frank...that walkway is spectacular!!...:)JP

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  9. Pretty images of the garden.. I like the colorful light show at night.. Have a happy weekend!

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  10. What a beautiful place! Really nice post, Frank.

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  11. My what a lovely garden. That treetop walkway would be so neat and the light show looks to be fantastic.

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  12. A unique styled building. I like it! Beautiful place.

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  13. it is a long time since I have been to Kew gardens so it was lovely to see all your great shots however I have never seen it at night and it was fabulous to see it all lite up

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  14. I spent some time in hospital Tuesday and Wednesday and so trying to make some visits. What a beautiful place and the night time lights are so much fun~

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  15. It's a wonderful place to visit Frank and there's always something new to see.
    I haven't been for a couple of years now, so must make the effort soon. (maybe Bluebell time next year).
    That light show looked fantastic?

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  16. Wow- what a neat place...especially the climb up to the tree tops- I would LOVE to get that view.

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