Wednesday, 9 September 2009


I felt a bit grim yesterday with a sinus head, but when the sun came out in the afternoon took myself down to our local park for some fresh air and a stroll. I hadn't taken the camera out for a while so it was a good opportunity. The sun was beautiful and it was just the sort of afternoon that I gave up work to enjoy.  The flowerbed are just at the point of 'going over' and there were some gardeners discussing which beds they were going to clear first, but these rudbeckia and nepeta were so striking I had to get down on my hands and knees for some close-ups,  my back does not appreciate me bending down to home in on my subjects.  I should have done some sketches as the form of these flowers cry out for a bit of pen work - was tempted to pluck a couple to bring home, especially as they are soon to be dug up - but I don't approve of vandalism. We are very lucky in Luton to have a brilliant parks department. Although some parts of the town are pretty grim, we have some excellent parks and many roundabouts are beautifully planted out.
By  the time I got home my headache was nearly gone and I had a good crop of photos.