A day out at Newby Hall, North Yorkshire began with a picnic beneath a huge spreading walnut tree. Looking up into the canopy inspired me to look for some striking and unusual camera angles around the woodland gardens.
Naturally first port of call was the adventure play garden (our party today including three boys from six to nine years). So after a sufficient spell of play in the fountains, paddleboats and pirate fort etc. we set of for the woodland and rock garden. I found lots of tempting photographic subjects simply by getting down low and looking up at leaves backlit by the bright sunshine.
Some of my favourite results came from the interplay of shadows and light and the variety of leaf shapes and veination. I particularly liked the reddish Ligularia leaves with silhouettes cast by shrivelled blossom collected within their concave form.
Do have a go at getting down low with your camera for an ant’s eye view. As these pictures, grabbed hurriedly amid the woodland hide and seek games attest, it’s not always best to shoot with the sun behind you!