111. Exbury Gardens

Mr Bumble, feasting

Mr Bumble, feasting

This is a bit of a wild card post in terms of photographs from me this week. Having mourned the departure of my camera, which has found a loving new home with Jaime, my new camera arrived. I felt  bereft when I posted off of my old one, after all we've been on adventures together to Africa twice now, we had a history. It was alike the breakup of a relationship. Of course as soon as my new one arrived I was all like 'Samsung who?' and busy stroking the new Fuji.

Of course a new camera means new things to learn, and for me it's the end of shooting in 'Smart' mode and doing things more manually. I'm terrified and excited in equal measures. I took me a few months to get used to my Samsung NX1000 when it first arrived - I hope that it doesn't take so long this time! I'm booking myself in on some local photography courses and with a steely determination to improve I feel confident I'll get to the level that I aspire to eventually. But in the meantime, my photos may be a bit hit and miss - so apologies in advance.

Sedums

Sedums

Pink hydrangea

Pink hydrangea

This weeks photos are from an impromptu trip to Exbury Gardens yesterday afternoon, an hour where I snuck away from family life to wander and see what the change of seasons is bringing. It may sound cheesy but I'm at my happiest outdoors at the moment, there's so much to see and with extension work progressing well, I'm soaking up the all the garden inspiration that I possibly can.

Exbury House

Exbury House

Purple hydrangea

Purple hydrangea

Can anyone tell me what this is above please?

Can anyone tell me what this is above please?

I love the little curls in the petals in the middle

I love the little curls in the petals in the middle

Dahlia - I think?

Dahlia - I think?

As you can see there's still some colour to be found...

The Sundial Garden, Exbury Gardens

The Sundial Garden, Exbury Gardens

Irrigation

Irrigation

But the overwhelming majority here now are shades of green, oranges and browns.

Autumn leaves

Autumn leaves

Clustered mushrooms / fungi

Clustered mushrooms / fungi

The underside of the Rhododendron leaves continue to get more golden.

The underside of the Rhododendron leaves continue to get more golden.

Boardwalk, Exbury Gardens

Boardwalk, Exbury Gardens

Boardwalk, Exbury Gardens

Boardwalk, Exbury Gardens

And finally I'll leave you with one from the 'old' camera, I clapped eyes on this beauty by Grandads greenhouse and knew that I need to share it with you.

Dahlias by Grandads greenhouse

Dahlias by Grandads greenhouse

Thanks to all who joined in last week, so faves include: A garden with chickens, Thing 1 and Thing 2, a pumpkin that makes me feel Autumnal, the cutting garden, and a barrow full of habaneros. There's thunder and storm clouds here as I write this so hopefully you have some bright colours to cheer up my grey day!