This is one of the water sculptures at the wonderful Alnwick Garden in Northumbria. I always enjoy capturing circular spaces in 360° shots, seeing elements distorted out of all recognition, so this item caught my eye…
The Alnwick Garden is a new addition to Alnwick… you can read more about it on their website… and is an ambitious and quite wonderful modern garden. I got there on one of the last days of the season, when the sun was low in a pastel sky, and the leaves were turning every shade of autumn.
The Serpent Garden was designed by Peter Wirtz, with a series of water features/scupltures by William Pye. When we visited it was mobbed by children, mostly attired in all-in-one outfits… obviously the parents had been here before and came prepared. This particular sculpture, with its curtains of cascading water, was situated a little away from the main attraction, and stood quietly surrounded by hedges, catching the light in its liquid sheets.
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This is the ceremonial procession of the annual Sowerby Bridge Rushbearing Festival, which I shot earlier today. The day was blessed by largely good weather, and the dancers, musicians, mummers and other handsomely-attired people made for an extraordinary spectacle.
“Rushbearing dates back several centuries to the time when rushes provided floor covering in the churches. Each year, the old, rotten rushes were thrown out and new ones were taken to the churches in carts. This gradually turned into a celebration and holiday involving revelry, music and morris dancing.
The modern Festival is the only one of its kind in Yorkshire. The focal point of the event is the sixteen feet high, two-wheeled, handsomely decorated and thatched Rushcart, which is pulled by sixty local men dressed in Panama hats, white shirts, black trousers and clogs. They are accompanied by music and five or six teams of morris dancers.
A team of young ladies take turns to ride on top of the cart. A very precarious position indeed. The colourful procession is an unforgettable spectacle as it winds its way through local villages over the course of the weekend.” (excerpts from www.rushbearing.co.uk)
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