This week we have been in limbo, as we moved out of our old house last Saturday and weren’t able to get the keys to our new flat until yesterday. However, all this meant in practice is that we have been to a lot of restaurants and have hung out with my family, both of which are things I am always keen to do. It also meant that my standard cycle route changed, because I have been based in West London instead of the south east. My new route was beautiful. Despite the danger people seem to think is inherent in London cycling, the city is well set up for cyclists. There are countless cycle paths and superhighways to make being on a bike safer and easier. My new cycle took me through Hyde Park, Green Park and St James’ Park, before then taking me past Buckingham Palace, down the Mall, through Trafalgar Square and down the Strand. What an amazing route! It contains so much of what is quintessential about London.
This route was so special that I left home early one crisp autumn day this week in order to stop and take some photos on my way to work. Alas, the beauty of the route did not translate that well on camera (and of course, it’s harder to take good pictures when you’re actually just cycling to work and the photographs have to be worked around that). I left myself a bit of extra time, but not enough to accommodate endless detours. I still tried to take a few good pictures of this part of London that I rarely see, given I spend most of my time between the south east and the City. The most striking items on my route must be the statues; this path was full of huge figures, on top of arches and columns and platforms. My favourite had to be, understandably, the glittering gold angel atop the statue of Queen Victoria in front of Buckingham Palace. So gorgeous.
Other than some city photos, I was inspired by one of my readers, Mike, who also has a blog and portfolio sharing his fine art photography. Mike takes beautiful photos of flowers by which I was mesmerised. So, in a bid to be more actively creative, I bought a bunch of colourful roses and lilies and whipped out the macro lens. I do love flower photography – I have a whole section for flowers in my own portfolio! – but I’d never thought of taking photos this way before. It was fun and I am so pleased with the results. A few of the best shots are down below.
Given that I now live in a (slightly) new area of London, I have a whole new neighbourhood to explore with my camera. Hopefully there will be some fun photos of my new digs soon!