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Monday, 31 May 2021

Castle Kennedy (Holiday photos #3)

A return to a favourite place. There is a longer write-up with more photos from my 2018 visit here: Castle Kennedy.

My 2019 visit was mind-blowing and remains hidden on the hard-drive but believe me when I say that in (mumble-something) years of gardening I do not think I have EVER seen such an outstanding display of rhododendron. If you should find yourself within a 100 miles of the area in mid-to-late May then seeing them for yourself is a must.

Thanks to one of the coldest Springs ever recorded this year the Rhododendron were not as far on as normal (although many were in flower) and growth was severely behind in the Walled Garden, but even so I managed to spend an entire day there eventually leaving just before kick-out time at 5.00pm. I accidentally walked over 7 miles around the parkland and barely saw another person the whole time - a perfect 'socially distanced' day out.

I've mentioned the 2019 holiday a couple of times and how all the photographs I took (hundreds of them) are still on my hard-drive. That is because I took my big Canon, a choice of lenses and wandered around with my "photographer" head on (which is not the same experience as visiting somewhere and being completely present in the place). I returned home intending to deal with the images but instead plunged into a significant depressive episode as the reality of a house without Daisy hit me very hard.

I've just had a look at File Manager - 10GB of data, 1,500 files - and it weighs on me. I keep meaning to spend an afternoon sorting the folders out but there is always something else crying more loudly for my time. In order not to create a similar blackhole this year I deliberately left the "proper" camera behind and used only my iPhone to record just enough of an impression of my trip to bring back memories; it worked surprisingly well.

Here are a few of the favourites:


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14 comments:

  1. The iPhone takes such good quality photos and they all look really good. Aww that made me feel sad too about your return home from your 2019 holiday, one day you'll sort out those photos x

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    1. Thanks Eileen. There's also the convenience factor with the iPhone - give it a few minutes and a WiFi connection and the images are automatically on my main computer as well.

      2019? I know you understand, thank you, xx

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  2. Now THAT is a place I would love to visit - rhodies (and azaleas) are my favourites. They can really enhance the colour and 'feel' of a large garden so I really don't understand why people get rid of rhodies just because they aren't a native species. I have a small one in my front garden, P planted it for me years ago, and it's only just recently come into bud this time so it's way behind previous years. I love the photos, and like you I could quite easily spend several hours there.

    I know what you mean about the other photos on your pc - if it takes years to sort them out you'll do it eventually :)

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    1. And you could walk around with the girls - it is a gloriously dog-friendly place!

      The "rip out rhodies" thing is because of some Rhododenron ponticum varieties which can be incredibly invasive if they get out into wild areas, out-competing all other growth. But I agree with you, the more well-behaved varieties are fabulous, sadly they do not like Bag End's soil which is why there are none here 😭 😭

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  3. I have stopped using my Sony and all it's different lens, I use my phone camera, as you say, you have more time to enjoy and less time setting up photo's. I'm glad you enjoyed your trip.

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    1. Interesting that you are taking the same, slimmed down, approach to your photography. Do you think you will go back to the Sony?

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  4. What a beautiful place to visit & your photos are lovely. I don't have a smart phone & some times take my small old camera with me instead of my larger Samsung with it's 3 lenses, but do try to always download & sort everything on the computer as soon possible while it's fresh in my memory. Rhododenrons are definitely spectacular, though I've none here, but do have a couple of large azaleas we inherited. Thanks for sharing your trip, take care, stay safe & hugs.

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    1. Thanks Susan, another one who is taking the less cumbersome photography route? Hope all is well with you.

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  5. I would never know they were phone photos as they are stunning, and the colour is really vibrant. Lucky you getting away in your motorhome! I bet you missed it. Don't talk to me about sorting through photos, I have several years worth that never got tagged, in fact I find it hard enough to keep up with that after a day out in nature!

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    1. Thank you 🤗 Yes, it was brilliant getting away, I hope you can use your lovely van at some point too.

      Thank Apple for the picture quality - it's an iPhone 11, apparently the latest one gives even better images BUT whilst they are great "just for a blog" if you take the same picture with a DSLR and look at them side by side there is absolutely no comparison . . . but for now it's the right route for me, although I am sure the Canon will come out again soon.

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  6. I can't remember the last time I used an actual camera. I find my phone is so much more convenient. The down-side is seeing any notifications while I'm out and about, which I usually feel the need to check on, but I'm becoming more strict with my self at ignoring them until I get home. The up-side is that all my photographs upload straight to my Google cloud, which then makes it incredibly easy to add any to my blog posts. X

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    1. I'm doing it for the convenience Jules. No need to take out a memory card, transfer pictures, bla bla bla, mine upload seamlessly like yours. As for notifications, I have just about everything turned off on my phone so I don't get the interruptions.

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  7. What a place to lose oneself for a day with no other thoughts to be a distraction.

    I love the Euphorbia picture - a very under-rated plant in my view.

    I went round the garden with my 'proper' camera recently and realised how infrequently I use it these days even though I (almost) always have a camera in the car or at home with me. There was a time when I never went anywhere without a camera but now I rely on my iPhone to be the 'always with me' means of photography.

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    1. Seven miles without realising it . . . so yes, definitely a place to get lost in 😀

      I am intentionally having a few months off from my big camera, I know I will go back eventually but at present the iPhone is doing just fine.

      And I also love euphorbia!

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