The reunion of the first walk since the COVID-19 Lockdown.

After a very long hiatus the original group plus a couple of new joiners headed to Holland Park to explore the hidden gems of one of London's finest parks.  The theme of the day was Nature & Macro.

After meeting at Holland Park Tube station and everyone (socially distancing, including the elbow greet) rekindled the joy of the first walk, went to Holland Park.

Our first stop was in the woodlands, focussing on two very tenacious squirrels who did not fear posing for the camera!  Capturing some fabulous shots, we took the lead from Paul who took us to the Kyoto Japanese Garden, a beautiful location with social distancing pathways clearly signposted.  We were offered the opportunity to photograph two male Peacocks, sadly we didn't get to see them perform their full feather performance!!

After this we went on to take macro photos of bees enjoying the beautiful flowers in the walled gardens, amazing to see the group learning new skills and trying new techniques here, this was a huge highlight.

We then moved to practice 'Bokeh' effect of Roses and had a great team social distanced photograph as orchestrated by Ruth and her Husband Gordon.

After a pit stop of coffee and sandwiches we went on to Kensington Gardens to photograph parakeets, we were very lucky to meet a lady who offered us monkey nuts to feed the parakeets and squirrels offering another great photo opportunity.

Finally we headed to the Albert Memorial where some of the finest photos of the day were taken before heading to the 19th Hole (pub) in High Street Kensington, The Goat, the staff were wonderful and we all enjoyed a couple of refreshments to absorb the day before heading home.

Another fantastic day, fun was had by all, friendships rekindled and new ones formed.  Thanks to Ruth & Gordon also who filmed part of it which feature in an ITV London article which can be found here!

August 2020