Saturday, December 9, 2017

Cold and Frosty at Kew

Well, I had a lovely time AT Kew, but a totally frustrating day otherwise.... lost my watch on the way to the station and whilst I was at Kew my phone seemed to die... oh and I missed my connection at Clapham Junction on the way to Kew by a nano-second... then had trouble getting my photos off the camera....

Other than that, it was perfect!  Settle back and enjoy ...
 on the way I was looking out of the train window and saw some amazing plane trails (we're on the flightpath to Heathrow) and I couldn't wait to get off to capture some - the moon was still visible too
the ones I saw on the train were incredible, but I couldn't avoid the reflection of the lights in the window
 walking to Kew,  frosty tops of cars!

it was cold... but no snow luckily (although I would love Kew in the snow!)
 even the boards outside seemed frosty

Loved how the grass shows as shadows on the frosty path! 

 it was a day of frost and shadows (and plane trails) and sunshine...

 had the foresight to put the bulky camera bag out of sight!

 the dogwoods were shining brightly in the sun!

 gorgeous reflections, and the very edge of the pond is frozen - no doubt by the end of the weekend more of it will freeze, although as the fountain is still on, the moving water may stop it freezing completely

 just look at the dogwoods reflected in the water!
walked across the grass, leaves frosty in the sun

 even the "Christmas presents" lining part of the Christmas trail were frosty!
 the Liquidamber was stunning - you can see why it got it's name!
 told you it's a day of plane trails!

 just beautiful against the blue sky

 more plane trails over the Temperate House
 the moon... it's bedtime, moon!!

 still can't resist taking a few more pics of these!
close ups today..

 sorbus berries magnificent against the sky up above my head
the small lake part way up Cedar Vista is totally frozen
 when I got to the end of Cedar Vista the lake was looking fabulous
Love the three bullrushes in the foreground!  there's usually more! 
 more plane trails!

 Selfy in the baubles

the baubles are frosty too! 

 peering through a Monkey Puzzle tree

 multiple plane trails!
 really liked the bottom zig-zaggy edge of this one!

walked through the Palm House back out to the pond...

 a huge crowd of geese on the water

 the Waterlily house is closed in winter, if you look through you may be able to see they have drained the water and cut back all the plants round the windows
 Malus berries
 the sun has moved round quite a bit, but still bright
 especially on "my" fountain
the rose pergola in the Family Beds area is pruned right back, but there were a few sprays of hips that they have left..

 the doors both end of the Alpine House were open so I took a photo straight through..

before heading into the Princess of Wales glasshouse to warm up.....
 it was lunchtime for the Chinese Water Dragon...
 the camera kept misting up, so these look a little blurry, but I was fascinated
 and so was this little lad who sat down to watch

 grasses along the Broad Walk against the sky

still frosty gone mid-day

final seedheads along the Broad Walk..

time to head home

only to find my phone would no longer switch on, that my watch hadn't been handed in at the station (wasn't really expecting it to have been)

took the phone into the phone shop to get it looked at  - they think it needs to go for repair (it's under warranty) but that means losing all the photos I have saved on there, because  of course I haven't backed them up!

so ends a lovely (photo-wise) but VERY frustrating Saturday!!