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(I) Cornwall Adventure – Eden Project

To break up the long six hour+ journey to our cottage in Cornwall, Leanne and I stopped off at the Eden Project. Click here to view her photos! We brought our tickets online and printed them off but when we got there the normal ques were huge, we looked for a pre-paid ticket section which we found to be closed and decided to just walk through the nearest doors, which in fact led behind the tills and we walked casually through without showing anyone our tickets……nice security…. kind of a shame it cost us nearly £40 when we walked in unquestioned but hey!

Eden Bubbles
The Eden bubble/dome structures were what drew me to the Eden Project.

Eden Bubble 2
Above the forest floor, 50m up (which is taller than the tower of London!) is the rainforest lookout platform.
Looking Up
I found the patterns that the biome structures made fascinating.
Looking Up 2
Looking Up 3
Looking Down
Looking Up 4

The first place we visited was the Rainforest Biome. Our lenses took a good 15 minutes to clear of condensation but after that it was pleasant to be in the warm. Around 20 minutes later however it become more uncomfortable as the thick hot air took it’s toll especially since we were dressed for winter!

Jungle & Waterfall
Waterfall
Next up the mediterranean biome. We expected it to be at least kind of hot but I didn’t feel any kind of heat at all in the place. It wasn’t cold, it was just slightly warm…. It was an odd place to say the least. Not so odd were the beautiful tulips!
Tulip
Tulips 2
Next up the odd……
Moon Head
Didn’t think a person with a moon for a head would be as scary as it is.
Moon Head 2
I wasn’t sure what this was but because of the moonhead person I am going to guess it represents the sun.
Sun Spike
I have no idea why there were rabbit heads on sticks….
Rabbit Heads
Going outside of the biomes didn’t end the weirdness either. This guy is called the ‘WEEE Man’ sculpture. He weighs 3.3 tonnes and was made to represent the amount of waste electrical and electronic equipment te average British household throws away in a lifetime. The WEEE man is made up of this.
Junk Robot
The huge bee sculpture was really interesting. It looked a bit lost because of the season we are in and how bare the outside grounds were of flowers but still it was cool. The sculpture is there to remind visitors how important pollinators are to grow our food.
Bee Back
One of the only plants that was in bloom were the daffodils!
Dafodil
daffodil 2
On the way out I found this really really weird plant. I haven’t see anything like it. It had very small orange dots all over it too. Weirddddddd.

Weird Plant

The Eden Project was interesting but it disappointed me a little. Maybe it was the season we went in. There were hardly any flowers outside (kind of to be expected, though because you are missing half of what it’s about they could reduce ticket prices for off season?) Comparing it to the incredible Kew Gardens I would pick that over Eden Project every time. However I am still glad I went and experienced it, the biome structures alone were interesting enough to go and see. It made a good break for our six+ hour journey to our cottage in Cornwall.

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Local Walk About

A couple of weeks ago I went on a walkabout through parks and fields around my local area with Tom Barden which is also his local area! He also has had his post up for a while and has already done the explaining and mapping so take a look at his post to see that – link.

Lets just say the terrain wasn’t easy going.

Boots
This is our local park, The Brickfields. Usually these are holes which are great for riding in, about and round on your bike but lately (seems like a long lately) it has been filled to the brim with water. Fed up with rain now…..
Reflections
On the plus side we are getting more and more days with sexy blue skies.
Looking Up
I am unsure what these were, circular roof tile? Though I liked the interesting pattern they made piled up.
Pipes

Ok, not the prettiest of photos. But I thought if I could make pond skum look somewhat interesting then that would be an achievement. The strange swirly (skum) patterns drew me to this, I tried to make the branches an extension of the patterns. Reminds me of them really abstract paintings people do.

Pond Skum
Doors made out of brick don’t work very well. definitely form over function here.
Secret Door
I really like the layers of this photo. Grass, wood, metal and sky. Lots of elements thrown into the mix.
Layers
Smashed Window
Lone Tree
It wouldn’t be a post without a bit of Texture Texture at the end!
Wood Texture

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Langdon Hills Nature Reserve

Another weekends wandering captured.

Langdon Hills
is a very local park and nature reserve to us, we walked through just a fraction of it as in total, it is over 400 acres.





Misty loved the extended walk.

My girlfriend and partner in crime.




Texture, texture. Email me if you want a full rez version of this texture. chillcleal@hotmail.co.uk

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Duck duck, goose.

A day over Belhus country park, shooting for a few hours whilst it went back and forth from sunny to drizzly almost constantly. An enjoyable few hours of photography though.

My new bag (Lowepro Mini Trekker) and new lens (sigma 150mm to 500mm). Photo taken by Stacey.

I kept the iso to around 400, f-stop to around 7.1 and shutter speed above 250 for all of these shots, all taken with the sigma 150-500mm.



The sun went in and it was overcast but alas tried to get a good photo of dandelion seeds flying off the stem. I cranked the iso up to the max as to get a faster shutter which as you can see made the image quite noisy. I also don’t like the composition but the colours are nice. Despite the fact it wasn’t actually the best lens to shoot this kind of photo (I wanted to test my new toy out as much as possible) I though id post the result anyway.

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Im a photographer

All photographs taken by Antonia.
I’m taking the photos with Emilia as the model to help with Antonia’s Mtv Ident competition entry!



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Mtv Antonia

Helped Antonia take get footage for her Mtv Ident today. Photo of the team today below. More to come.
Keep posted on Antonia’s blog as im sure more will come on there too.
Model – Emilia’s Blog




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