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Good For The Garden ...

Good For The Garden ...
For this week's Sunday Challenge, for which the subject was rain, which to be honest we've not had an awful lot of this summer.

Thankfully, on the day my wife and I had planned to visit Thornton Hall Gardens on the outskirts of Darlington it was somewhat overcast and we did indeed get some rain. Nothing that heavy mind you, more drizzle than anything else, but sufficient to add some moisture to the plants.

The garden in question was open for charity, something they do several times a year, and it is well worth visiting. So much so that we actually went twice this week as we found there was so much to see that the initial half-day we'd allocated wasn't sufficient to get around and do everything justice.

In addition to the gardens they have a small tea room and sell a limited number of plants, many of which they themselves have grown. So, if you like your gardens, are ever in the area and fancy supporting a few good causes at the same time I can thoroughly recommend a visit.

You will find a few more of the images that I took for this challenge in the Notes should you care to check them out and if you want to learn more about Thornton Hall Gardens please follow the link below:

www.thorntonhallgardens.co.uk

Please view on black for best effect.

Champland, Marie-claire Gallet, Brunot, Lebojo and 31 other people have particularly liked this photo


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 Clickity Click
Clickity Click club
wow great series Paul. :)
2 years ago.
autofantasia club has replied to Clickity Click club
Glad you like them Chris and thank you for adding this one into your faves. Another tricky, but enjoyable challenge! :)
2 years ago.
Clickity Click club has replied to autofantasia club
Yes whenever Mother Nature is involved in our challenges one never knows what we will face in trying to get the shot! :)
2 years ago.
 Thomas Ring Carlsen
Thomas Ring Carlsen club
Great collection of rainy plant shots :D
2 years ago.
autofantasia club has replied to Thomas Ring Carlsen club
Glad you like them Thomas! :)
2 years ago.
 Gudrun
Gudrun club
Subtle and good, I like them all! The 2nd and last note look like chard or is it another sort of hosta?
2 years ago.
autofantasia club has replied to Gudrun club
Thanks for the kind comments and the fave Gudrun. As for the two you've asked about the plant in question was on the edge of the vegetable garden so I'm guessing you're most likely right about it being chard! :)
2 years ago.
 Doug Shepherd
Doug Shepherd club
An outstanding collection of images Paul, great photography. Thanks also for the interesting background information.

Have a great week, Doug
2 years ago.
autofantasia club has replied to Doug Shepherd club
Glad you like the shot and found the information of interest Doug ... thanks too for the star! :)
2 years ago.
 Gary Schotel
Gary Schotel club
Great write up and photo!
2 years ago.
autofantasia club has replied to Gary Schotel club
Much appreciated Gary and thank you for the fave! :)
2 years ago.
 M♥rJ Photogr♥phy !! ( Marj )
M♥rJ Photogr♥phy !!… club
Excellent set of images Paul ...... Rain drops look great on foliage !!! Seems you was in luck with the weather .....Sounds like my kind of place but sadly live too far away !!!
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
autofantasia club has replied to M♥rJ Photogr♥phy !!… club
Many thanks for the kind comments Marj and for the fave. Shame you live too far away to be able to visit as it really is a beautiful garden to walk around! :)
2 years ago.
 Shuttering Yukon
Shuttering Yukon club
oh wow Doc! these are all beauties!
2 years ago.
autofantasia club has replied to Shuttering Yukon club
Thanks for that Wendi ... glad you like them! :)
2 years ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
An instant fave for me Paul............the amount of detail you've captured is fantastic. The others in the series are all excellent, but of those, I particularly like the roses which are stunning!
2 years ago.
autofantasia club has replied to Keith Burton club
Thanks for that Keith and for adding another of my images into your faves. As for the others I think the one with the roses might be my favourite too ... it came very close to being submitted for this week's challenge! :)
2 years ago.
 HappySnapper
HappySnapper club
Love the roses in the PIP, my exercise for this month is "Water", though I have mine ready I think your rose (Pip) gives me one more incentive to have another go.
2 years ago.
autofantasia club has replied to HappySnapper club
Glad these have inspired you somewhat Maurice ... good luck with your endeavours! :)
2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
I feel homesick! This is exactly what I used to like doing but the whole concept of 'open for charity' is totally alien to the Spanish. They do give, but privately and through tax-exempt donations in their tax returns (which of course we can do in the UK too) but basically the Spanish don't trust each other and are incredibly suspicious of such goings on! They tell me this themselves so I'm not traducing a whole nation for the sake of it!
Fine shot and PiPs by the way!
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
autofantasia club has replied to Andy Rodker club
Interesting to hear of the different approach they take over there in Spain ... makes me wonder if this is purely a British thing. Anyway, I'm glad you like the shots Andy! :)
2 years ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
Beautiful beautiful photos and it sounds a wonderful place !
2 years ago.
autofantasia club has replied to Pam J club
It was a delightful place to walk around Pam and I'm pleased you enjoyed seeing some of the photos I took ... thanks for the fave BTW, much appreciated! :)
2 years ago.
 Sami Serola
Sami Serola club
Fourth image on the notes is my favorite, and would look even better when turned 90 degrees right ;-)
2 years ago.
autofantasia club has replied to Sami Serola club
Yes, I liked the light in the one you're referring to Sami ... off to try rotating it now! ;)
2 years ago.
 Gillian Everett
Gillian Everett club
Great low key. Love the pink roses too.
2 years ago.
autofantasia club has replied to Gillian Everett club
Much appreciated Gillian as is the fave ... nice to have another 'vote' too for the roses! ;)
2 years ago.
 Janano -
Janano - club
Amazing how the hosta hangs onto water drops. Think you could crop this further and get right in there. Fabulous focus!
2 years ago.
autofantasia club has replied to Janano - club
I did think about getting in closer with the crop Judith, but wasn't sure if it could take it. Anyway, I'm glad you enjoyed seeing this one and thank you for the fave! :)
2 years ago.
 Jean
Jean club
Beautiful shapes and water droplets.
2 years ago.
autofantasia club has replied to Jean club
Pleased you like it Jean and thanks for the fave! :)
2 years ago.
 Delirium
Delirium club
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2 years ago.
autofantasia club has replied to Delirium club
:)
2 years ago.
 Treasa Ui Cionaodha
Treasa Ui Cionaodha club
Great shot for the Challenge Brilliant PIPS Well done Paul Regards Tess
2 years ago.
autofantasia club has replied to Treasa Ui Cionaodha club
Many thanks Tess for both the kind comments and the fave! :)
2 years ago.
 Amelia Heath
Amelia Heath club
Lovely work, Paul, with great details. Only the second photo of this week's Sunday Challenge that I have looked at with real rain. It's a different story today though. ;-)
2 years ago.
autofantasia club has replied to Amelia Heath club
Ha, yes I think that was the only rain we saw last week and yet today it hasn't let up - lol! Never mind, as ever the group overall has risen to the challenge! :)
2 years ago.
 PhLB - Luc Boonen
PhLB - Luc Boonen club
a garden filled with wonderful flowers and leaves, must have been a great afternoon; you came home with impressivel images
2 years ago.
autofantasia club has replied to PhLB - Luc Boonen club
Yes indeed it was a pleasant visit and I'm glad you like the shots I came back with! :)
2 years ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Wonderful details.
2 years ago.
autofantasia club has replied to Jaap van 't Veen club
Thank you Jaap! :)
2 years ago.
 Claudia G
Claudia G club
Une belle série bien arrosée !!
2 years ago.
autofantasia club has replied to Claudia G club
Indeed they were! ;)
2 years ago.
 Nitro76
Nitro76
Très très belle série. Amitiés, Richard
2 years ago.
autofantasia club has replied to Nitro76
Glad you like them Richard! :)
2 years ago.
 Esther
Esther club
This is definitely my favorite, but they all are good.
2 years ago.
autofantasia club has replied to Esther club
Much appreciated Esther as is the fave! :)
2 years ago.
 Heidiho
Heidiho club
Full green harmony - good for our eyes.
2 years ago.
autofantasia club has replied to Heidiho club
Glad you like them Heidi and thank you for the fave! :)
2 years ago.
 Martine
Martine
Et oui la pluie est nécessaire,.
2 years ago.
autofantasia club has replied to Martine
It certainly is Martine! ;)
2 years ago.
 Berny
Berny club
Also the PiP's are wondeful!
2 years ago.
autofantasia club has replied to Berny club
Glad you like them Berny! :)
2 years ago.
 Wierd Folkersma
Wierd Folkersma club
just lovely Paul, all of them
2 years ago.
autofantasia club has replied to Wierd Folkersma club
Much appreciated! :)
2 years ago.
 Puchinpappy
Puchinpappy club
Good choice. The collection and dispersion of drops are nicely balanced and graphic for this offering to the challenge.
2 years ago.
autofantasia club has replied to Puchinpappy club
Pleased you think so! :)
2 years ago.
 Graham Chance
Graham Chance club
Excellent series Paul, especially the leaf close-ups with the water droplets.
2 years ago.
autofantasia club has replied to Graham Chance club
Many thanks for the kind comments Graham! :)
2 years ago.
 Chantal HILLENVECK dite Chalâme
Chantal HILLENVECK d…
Une merveille de macros ta série .... compliments !
2 years ago.
autofantasia club has replied to Chantal HILLENVECK d…
Glad you like them Chantal and thank you for the star! :)
2 years ago.
 John Sheldon
John Sheldon club
Well chosen composition!
2 years ago.
autofantasia club has replied to John Sheldon club
Thanks for the kind comments John ... glad you like it! :)
2 years ago.
 Brunot
Brunot
Superbe série de photos !
2 years ago.
autofantasia club has replied to Brunot
Glad you like them and I appreciate you taking time to comment! :)
2 years ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
Eine tolle Sammlung fuer Fée NATURE *************************************
2 years ago.
autofantasia club has replied to Marie-claire Gallet club
Pleased you like them Marie-claire and thanks for adding this one into your faves! :)
2 years ago.

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