Today I was invited to go with Anne and Hannah to the Dorothy Clive Garden. According to the signage The Garden nestles in the northern tip of Staffordshire close to the borders of Cheshire and Shropshire. Originally conceived in 1940 by Colonel Harry Clive, work first commenced on thinning and clearing an overgrown, former gravel guarry in preparation for introducing an extensive rhododendron collection. Clive's wife Dorothy was suffering from Parkinson's disease and he was determined to provide her with a beautiful environment in which to take her daily exercise. Later he was to make the area wheel-chair accessible so that she could visit the garden even while in a chair.
There were so many flowers, trees and other foliage I could not fit them all on one collage even if I tried. Instead I went for the one that I am most proud of, this close-up work I did of the magnolia tree flowers. It was my favorite because I have only started trying my wings on Macro work. My Fuji doesn't have the strength of a macro lens itself so I make do with the Super-macro setting. I think it gives me (super beginner) a chance to learn about something I am unable to afford unless I "mean" it.
I hope you like this. I will be posting more pictures of my visit the rest of the week coming. (Don't worry, they will not all be Flower shots. I know that can be mighty boring after a while.)