With the girls away in China, I decided to take a quick trip back to England to see my Dad, (Xaria's grandfather). While there wasn't much time for sightseeing, I managed to visit Stourhead, a world-famous landscape garden located in the county of Wiltshire. Stourhead has a beautiful 18th-century house, but in Autumn it's the colors you come to see.
The Turf Bridge
Stourhead is a 1,072-hectare estate at the source of the River Stour near Mere, Wiltshire, England. The estate includes a Palladian mansion, the village of Stourton, gardens, farmland, and woodland. Stourhead has been part-owned by the National Trust since 1946.
Trees By the Main Lake
The gardens were laid out between 1741 and 1780 in a classical 18th-century design set around a large lake, achieved by damming a small stream. The inspiration behind their creation were the painters Claude Lorrain, Poussin, and, in particular, Gaspard Dughet, who painted Utopian-type views of Italian landscapes - Wikipedia.
Today, Stourhead Gardens are open all year long and attracts visitors from home and aboard. No matter what time of year you are here, there's always something wonderful to see.
Glorious Day in the English Countryside
Today, the trees surrounding the central lake are ablaze with reds, browns, and gold, and while many of the leaves had already dropped, the views were still absolutely breathtaking.
Out with my Dear Friends, Ian and Helana
The gardens are a photographers delight, and Ian wasted no time getting down to business.
Like a Picture Postcard
I just had my phone camera, but even that helped capture some great images.
Bullrushes Enjoying the Late Afternoon Sun
When I got back I even had time to experiment with a little black and white image processing.
Final View of the Turf Bridge