As “new” goes, it’s only new on the scale of the history of the British Isles. It was set aside as a royal hunting forest by King William I in 1079. One of its features is free-roaming horses, such as the ones you see above.
Those who know me, know I love trees! I loved them as a child, I re-fell in love with them when we first visited Australia’s rainforests (where they seem to grow so high) and where rides through the canopy gave me a tantalizing glimpse into another world. In America we have visited some special groves – to celebrate both height and girth of trees – including those made up of Redwoods.
Today’s picture is of a less exotic variety, taken locally at Exbury (whilst we were mainly admiring the azaleas.) Nevertheless, these beautiful trees still appeared majestic and I could not resist standing below them and snapping the fascinating view when looking up at the pale sky from underneath their boughs.
This photo is closer to home, just a drive through the New Forest for us. Stunning azaleas and rhododendrons fill the grounds of Exbury House with a profusion of colour that dazzle the senses. The garden is lovely all year round, but when this collection of exotic blooms are in flower then the walks become spectacular. So many colours and shades, in vast quantities – yet each individual flower perfect, fill visitors with awe and wonder.
Each time we visit, we try to capture some of the splendour of our surroundings on film (digital) but photos can never do this experience justice. Despite hundreds of images of the place, stored on our computers, inevitably our efforts fall far short of portraying the joy of being there. I thoroughly recommend you visit when these shrubs are at their breathtaking best, in the late spring, and take the opportunity to enjoy nature at its most arresting. I am always amazed, and my soul sings, to see such beauty; I am reminded, yet again, of how glorious our world is.