Jupiter Artland, September 2017

It’s taken a while, but I’ve finally been out and about again since the Fringe! I took a trip to Jupiter Artland, a sculpture park and art gallery near Edinburgh. The weather was quite changeable, and some areas of the park are open while others are in the woods, so the photography conditions were quite challenging! Quite a lot of the pictures I took just didn’t cut it once I got home and looked at them in Lightroom, so disappointingly there are no pictures of the ripening brambles from deep in the woods, and with it being fairly windy, quite a lot of the plant and insect pictures were too blurry to use. It’s all a learning experience though! I was pleased that I did manage to capture a couple of passable photos of the underground wasp nest we found behind one of the trees, and that wasn’t easy.

I’ve selected quite a few of the photographs to caption or discuss further below, and because I didn’t start out with a good filing system on my Vikki Clicks Flickr page (which I really must reorganise at some point), you’ll have to make do with viewing the full set on my personal page.

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A nice tree tunnel, but I could have positioned myself better to have it a bit straighter. Another learning point!

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A rather tame peacock, undertaking his morning ablutions (I think we woke him!)

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Checking his reflection.

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A tricky art installation to photograph, and if I was taller I might have got a better angle.

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Gorgeous views over the West Lothian countryside to the three bridges.

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It’s a shame it’s quite a hazy morning, I should try to come back on a clearer day for a more stunning photograph.

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Playing with shadows under a large sculpture.

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The three bridges through the sculpture.

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A very tricky shot inside a dark building with a small, high window.

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Getting some benefit from the rain shower!

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Creepy statues.

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A very difficult shot to balance the exposure of – bright sunshine after the rain shower, deep shadows behind the tree.

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I like the way the long, curving branch seems to be pointing to the statue.

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A lovely shot from inside a dome. It reminds me of one of those plasma plate things.

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A bust of Sappho.

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A rather large shotgun, tricky to get into a good place to photograph all of it.

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I love pathways through woods.

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A hoverfly on a flower – it was quite windy, so this wasn’t easy!

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A rather blurry spider, the stem was swaying about so much I couldn’t get it in focus enough. But I like the shape of the leaves, so I kept it.

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Another hoverfly on a different flower.

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A hairy-legged spider.

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I love this twisted old tree.

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Another installation – a manmade spider web. Quite tricky to photograph.

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Focusing on the web itself – hard to get it in focus, and not the field through the holes!

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Lunchtime! Love the inside of the restaurant, great colours and lights.

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I love the diffuse light from these orbs.

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The peacock checking out his reflection before he starts clean-up duty in the outdoor seating area.

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Another lovely bit of the path.

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The unmistakable work of Charles Jencks.

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An amazing arch of pebbles.

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I love the straight and curved lines around the bridge.

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View from the top, sweeping curves.

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I tried and tried, but even at f22 I couldn’t get the dandelion and arch in focus. They’re just too far apart.

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Ahhh so THAT’S how you cut the grass on almost vertical slopes!

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More sweeping curves.

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An almost-in-focus wagtail flying past.

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Oooh dragonflies down by the boathouse.

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Now this is one insect that had the decency to pose for a close-up! If only he’d been a wee bit further away from the gap between the planks…

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Gorgeous reflections of the boathouse in the pond.

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Perfectly-framed trees in the field beyond.

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A tricky shot to capture – wasps going in and out of an underground nest in the shadow of a large tree in the woods.

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Underground amethyst cavern. Another tricky shot with the bright sky above.

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Workmen are still painting this installation, I thought I’d managed to hide this one behind the pillar, but no – he’s looking right at the camera!

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Had to wait ages for people to stop wandering through here…

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If I had the time and inclination I could photoshop the ladder and wheelbarrow handles out of this reverse view… but nah! 😛

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Back to the Charles Jencks area.

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I took a picture from here when we arrived, but it was so hazy before the rain that the bridge wasn’t visible.

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