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Forest bathing, A Photo Series

Leigh Woods is a quick and easy spot to get to just on the outskirts of Bristol. I went there with Willow on a little forest exploration.

Snuff Mills is another hidden jem in Bristol and holds a special place in my heart. Forest bathing bonus; there’s a garden full of wild flowers! Snuff Mills is a doggy heaven so bring your four legged pals!

I’ll be writing up another blog about what forest bathing is and how it’s helps with your well-being.

All images are taken by myself on my Google Pixel & are unedited.

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Barbican Conservatory, A Photo Series.

Built into the Barbican Centre is a beautiful urban jungle to escape to if you need to get away from the chaotic city. Only open to the public on Sundays, the conservatory is a must visit for all plant obsessed people. Multilevelled and with an arid conservatory, there’s plenty of specimens for you to admire.

I visited the Barbican Conservatory with my best plant pal, Octavia last year. I wrote a small blog post about all the top plant shops and the conservatory. Below is a series of photographs I took of my visit, using my film camera. I hope you enjoy.

(If you missed that blog, why not read it now? Read about London’s Urban Jungles).

 

Barbican Conservatory.

Unedited scanned photograph, 35mm.

Series of the Conservatory glass ceiling.

Unedited scanned photograph, 35mm.

 

Palms, Barbican Conservatory.

Unedited scanned photograph, 35mm.

Urban Jungle, Barbican Conservatory.

Unedited scanned photograph, 35mm.

 

Thank you for taking the time to scroll through this post, it really does mean a lot. I’d love to know your thoughts, why not leave a comment?

Robi x

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Benmore Botanic Garden: The Fernery

When we visited Benmore Botanical Garden, within the grounds they had a beautiful Fernery. A Fernery is similar to conservatories, just specifically designed to house ferns and mosses. Ferns became extremely popular during the Victorian era, and are now making a comeback. Benmore has a collection of 142 different species of ferns from all over the world.

Outside the Fernery, 35mm scanned photograph.
Moss and fern wall inside. Digital image, Google Pixel

I find ferns fascinating, the way the fronds unravel and the detail of the leaves are intriguing. The images below are a mixture of 35mm scanned photographs and digital photographs taken on a Google Pixel. All photographs are unedited as I prefer to keep them untouched, unless I feel like they need it.

Polypodium giycyrrhiza frond unravelling, 35mm scanned photograph.
Lophosonia quadripinnata frond coiled, 35mm scanned photograph.

Commissioned to be build by James Duncan at the height of the Victorian fern craze (or pteridomania), the fernery has been standing since the early 1870. The Fernery has changed a lot since it was first built. In the early 20th Century the Fernery fell into disrepair and was left to rot.

Inside the Fernery. Digital image, Google Pixel.
Towering Ferns, 35mm scanned photograph.

Today the Fernery stands in the cliff-side, blending into the beautiful scenery surrounding it. A Century after it was left to decay, it was resurrected by the curators and members of the Young Benmore Trust.

35mm scanned photograph.
Digital image, Google Pixel.

Due to lack of detail on the original plans, they decided to add some modern twists to the building. All the stone used to build the Fernery stayed untouched with the curators adding the beautiful glass roof to provide natural light and to keep the warmth and humidity in.

Fernery Glass Roof. Digital image, Google Pixel.

The Fernery is built of three levels including a grotto with a pool and an elevated viewing platform. And I think you’ll agree with how stunning the interior is.

Digital image, Google Pixel.
35mm scanned photograph.

 

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