On a day like this.....

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    Yes it certainly has, but sadly not always for the good of the wildlife.:sad:
     
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    Oh dear! I started off on the wrong foot.

    Yes Upsydaisy this is a great thread. Perhaps, sad to say. I have never been much of a traveller. Wowee those photos. I have to say, I am instantly engaged with any photo containg trees. That photo of Shiney's of the silver birches, fantastic.

    May I ask/suggest that the camera used in taking such photos be quoted. Much for the benefit of us photographers.
     
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      @Mike Allen They're Betula utilis jacquemontii (West Himalayan Birch)

      The winter garden was designed and built by Richard Ayres MBE (retired some years ago). The bark of the trees are kept that lovely white colour by washing them with washing up liquid. It keeps the mould off.

      I think they have decided to remove the trees as they are getting too big for the site and are growing another similar plantation the other side of the hedge.

      You can see in these pictures how much taller they have grown by the second picture.

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      The camera is an old, standard bridge camera Panasonic FZ18 and just left on Auto image. I don't bother with any other settings except when taking snow pictures.
       
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        If you like birches and you're in Devon then visit the Stone Lane Garden, near Castle Drogo. This has National Collections of Birch and Alder, they are also a sculpture garden.
         
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          One of Swedens 95 000 plus lakes, and a lovely peaceful place to visit for a day.

          The lake is called "Sommen" which translates to "The Somme." A beautifully peaceful place, exactly the opposite of somewhere with the same name that many British would think of when that word is heard.

          These first pictures were taken at a local history museum by the south eastern shore.

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          There are a lot of traditions that are still common in this area even today. One of these is the method of roofing used for some older buildings. The same technique has been used for well over 1 000 years. Even if its not easy to see the building in this next photo has one of these traditional rooves, and under the tent, some new pieces are seasoning.

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          Near the north western shoreline is a small island that is reached by a short ferry ride. This final photo is taken from this island, and the ferry can just be seen in it.

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          Although it cant be seen clearly, the ferry is very similar to the one on (or was on, not sure if it still exists!) Lake Windermere. To continue the comparison with that Lake, even if there are 19 bigger lakes here, its still something like 9 or 10 times larger! Any body of water here that is smaller than 1 hectare is not even considered to be a lake!
           
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            On a technicality, Windermere is not a lake :noidea:. The only lake in the Lake District is Bassenthwaite. :blue thumb: :biggrin:
             
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              As most on here have probably noticed, I like technicalities...:)

              So really, the Lake District should be called the One Lake District? :heehee:
               
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                On a technicality: :lunapic 130165696578242 5: that's exactly what it says. Otherwise it would be the Lakes District :dunno:
                 
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                  Nothing worth seeing around here, traffic is terrible in the summer, you should all go to Yorkshire or Wales...

                  Steve...:rasp:
                   
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                    Yes, I agree, you definitely don't want to go in June or September :whistle: :heehee:
                     
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                      Come on @Steve R ....post a few pics and best spots .....certainly not hard to come by up in your gorgeous neck of the woods!!
                      Make us all envious!!:heehee:
                       
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                        The yearly International Tin Bath Races held at Castletown Harbour, Isle of Man. There are various events held in and around the harbour.

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                          Love it @Sheal !!!! Looks like great fun with loads of laughs!:biggrin:
                           
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                            This is our nearest NT property, just 10 mins away . We go there a lot just to enjoy a walk. Sometimes we just do the river walk as it's so peaceful. The walled rose garden is a 'must see' the fragrance is amazing and hits your nostrils well before you reach the garden!!Mottisfont
                             
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