From the very start, West Dean was special, helped by the light of an August day.
 The borders were splendid and the perspectives worked really well - the eye drawn along the path but stopping every now and then to feast on the blocks and lines of colour on the way.
 This border was in the vegetable walled garden
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 Pleased with this shot, remniscent of those shots in 1970’s gardening books.
 After several gardens and several glass houses, it has become clear to me that an eye-level view lacks impact. The lower the better in many cases…
 … or from above when possible.
 This glasshouse had a wonderful lighting effect due to the slats minimising the sun’s effect creating an interesting plant noire effect.
 More of the lighting effect
 A fly tempting fate.
 Another view across the walled garden
 The structural use of plants and colour never left you feeling bored. And another chance at a shot a la Valerie Finnis.
 Bit of a sucker for tunnels, paths and distant doorways. Add some bright light, some dark shadows and I have to try to capture it.
 I had two versions of this and had to rely on my managing editor to choose the right one.
 Already set up for the camera, though cropping is important. Perhaps more needed.
 Another attempt at an archetypal 70’s shot.
 Away from the walled gardens, the sunken garden offered lots of opportunity but the light was quite unforgiving, often very bright with very dark shadows.
 Colonnade and doorway…
 The wooden structure on the columns creating a pergola was capped by gently curving beams leading to the large finial in the centre.
 By chance I saw the tree behind the pergola. With the prime lens, had to keep walking to get it all in - but very pleased with the result.
 Another view of the tree. I like the angle of the beam reflecting that of the tree.
 Looking back along the pergola.
 At the end of the pergola, this small room whose window had etched panes.
 The renovated orangery.
 Always good to see others taking pictures.
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