I popped into Clyne Gardens as I had been meaning to photograph the Snowdrops. They were a bit passed their best when I arrived so I went for a wander instead. I always find it amazing that I seem to lug around a load of gear and then end up using just one lens! All these images were taken on a 500mm lens. It is often forgotten that long lenses can make good close up lenses as well, you will just need some extension tubes. The combination of the telephoto effect and the improved close focusing of the lens due to the extension tubes allows a close up view of your subject without physically having to get too close.

Some of the more sheltered Azaleas and Rhododendrons are already starting to bloom and?with Crocuses flowering as well, the colour is returning to the Gardens. I just hope that it doesn’t finish before my day course in May when normally the garden is at its peak!

Bark patterns are always a subject of some fascination for me and as the gardens have a wide selection of native and imported trees there is no end of subjects to choose from. I think I will have to try and assemble a few together in a triptych and get it printed.

The above photo shows a hint of the colours that we are due to se over the next few months, I can’t wait!

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