Aydon Castle & a poppyfest ~ June 2018

Part 1 HERE

After exploring the interior of the castle we went outside and had a wander too.

The back end of the castle is right next to a very steep ditch, but there’s a path to walk around it,

fence for health & safety

Lots of daisies heading down the valley

 

and flowers growing by the castle walls

 

 

 

and then we walked down to the poppy field, passed some horses who wouldn’t stop stuffing their faces for a photo 😦

The munch bunch

The sky started out blue so I got a few shots of the poppies against the sky

 

 

there were a few other people around and I tried, but sometimes failed, to leave them out of the shot

 

the poppies were lush in the sunshine

 

but then the sky went all dramatic on us

 

but now and then the sun would peep through the clouds and illuminate a section of poppies

 

by mid afternooon everyone else who’d found out about the field turned up with their DSLR’s or iphones

 

and I had to work hard in potatoshop to get rid of them all so I could do a nice picture for Sophie

 

and then we thought it too crowded, so headed off home, passed the horses again, still stuffing themselves

and that was the end of our day out at Aydon Castle!

Stay tooned for our next adventure!

all pictures are embiggenable and there’s more shots of the castle and too many of the poppies 🙂 HERE

 

47 Comments

  1. Lovely poppy shots, FR. The mass of poppies is a sight to behold.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. Wow! A very nice collection of photos! Beauty personified!

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      1. You’re welcome! It was a beautiful way to start my day.

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  3. Oh WOW!The poppies…love them all but particularly the dramatic sky one…love that landscape, the clods seem to echo the trees….and the one where the light illuminates the poopies…poppies I mean (hahaha)….beautiful post x

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    1. Poopies is better I think! Cheers missis

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      1. …and clods!Hahaha…didnt even see that…meant clouds doh 😀

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        1. Clods and poopies go well together I think 😂

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          1. I am creating a whole new language…eat yer heart out Tolkein! 😀

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          2. Am incorporating those into the Fraggle dictionary and will give you full credit of course.

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  4. Those poppies are beautiful.

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    1. They were gorgeous! Cheers V-man

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      1. You captured them exquisitely.

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  5. That’s a lot of poppies!

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  6. OMG – what a wonderful series og gorgeous photos! Thanks for sharing,

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    1. You’re welcome! 😀

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  7. Oooh, I do love the goth poppies!

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  8. Pics are magnificent and those fields of poppies are truly a gift for the eyes.😍

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  9. It’s not often you see a field of poppies and it’s definitely worth noticing it when you do. Beautiful photos.

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  10. Them there poppies are immense, very striking, great pics.

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  11. What a gorgeous landscape around Aydon Castle. I was particularly captured by the poppies and the wide open landscape.

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    1. Cheers Otto, it’s a lovely place. Next year will try for poppies at golden hour!

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  12. Oh my goodness, those poppies! My husband thinks it looks like the fields are ablaze!

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    1. It was lovely Kim, especially before everyone else turned up haha.

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    1. Aren’t they?! Thanks for visiting 😊

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  13. “the munch bunch” lol 🙂 Those poppy photos are jaw dropping! Soooo beautiful.

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  14. What a wondrous post, Fraggle! You’ve outdone yourself. The field of poppies is captivating. I’ve never seen anything like it. But I expect Baum had when he wrote about Oz.
    The scenes were lovely — but the way you captured the light in each one was stunning. Hugs!

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    1. Thanks so much Teagan. Hugs back!

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  15. So beautiful 🙂

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  16. To go to that castle I should go through a magical mirror? it feels an imagined place, at least in Peru as usually is the way tales are illustrated and there are not places like those here :0

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  17. Reminds me of the Wizard of Oz, Waffles! In better quality of course.😜 Love them all! I actually have some of your photos in my shutterfly account to print when I get a little extra cash!💖 They have free 4×6s so I was going to get some of your photos and strong them on a clothes line kind of decoration for my living room.😊 Sounds weird perhaps but I am weird and love your photography skills!💖

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    1. That would be cool to see 🙂 what’s shutterfly lol?

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      1. An app over here that does free photos and such. 📸❤😍

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  18. Gorgeous shots, despite the pesky gatecrashers! The worst are the people who sneak into the frame without you even realising they’re there, which is usually my partner.

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