I was lucky enough to spend Saturday exploring Richmond Park in London. A group of local London photographers and I got together for a day of shooting. Richmond park is about 40 minutes (by train) from the centre of London. A fantastic destination if you feel the need to escape the city for the day.
Richmond park was founded in the 17th Century by King Charles I. It is encircled by high fences and gates. This is for an important reason. The park has large numbers of red and fallow deer inhabiting it. If you keep wandering you are bound to cross their path. Here I was a witness to a bit of a girl fight.
The young male deer are careless. This one even tempting fate by eating grass right next to the "Danger of Death" sign. A true rebel.
Next to the deer you will also see a lot of interesting insect life. We were lucky enough to see the "Airbusfly". They hang around in tall grass around the centre of the park. This one caught in flight between two stems of grass.
As it so happened we visited on a special day. We were lucky enough to see one of the launches from the "London Space Centre". This was their third launch, heading for Mars. One giant leap for English mankind.
While in the grasslands don't forget to admire the birds. There is a diverse array of birdlife in the park.The pond areas are home to many a silly goose. But don't get fooled by the beauty of the swan. They have been known to bite anything that gets within range.
A day out in Richmond park is something that I highly recommend. It is a must for anyone wanting to look outside the "standard list" of attractions. I left feeling a little more relaxed than usual. Like this tree it was nice to get on the grass and stretch out with nothing but sky above me. A change from the ever present skyscrapers!
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