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Thorp Perrow Arboretum

Thorp Perrow Arboretum

Thorp Perrow Arboretum near Bedale in North Yorkshire is an abundance of colour during autumn. Landscape, macro and abstract photography are all possible here. I love bright colours, so on a sunny day I was in my element taking pictures of the sea of red, orange and yellow.

Considered one of the finest arboretums in the UK, Thorp Perrow is 100 acres in size and has a range of different trees, including five ‘National Plant Collections’¹. I began in the first ‘autumn bay’, which has a large number of acers, allowing for some close up shots of the vivid colours. I liked the bright reds against the strong greens. The avenues of trees are also great for photography, with the carpets of leaves adding interest. I think an early morning or late afternoon with the sun low in the sky would create some great lighting. The midday sun wasn’t making this happen for me, but I loved how the sunlight illuminated some of the trees amongst the shadows.

Thorp Perrow Arboretum

Thorp Perrow is also home to a bird of prey and mammal centre. My visit did not coincide with the flying displays, so I didn’t manage to get any photos of the birds. I did visit the mammal centre though, where they have meerkats and wallabies. You can’t really go wrong with cute animals such as these! There were also a number of different ducks and chickens, which made for something different from the trees.

Wallaby, Thorp Perrow Arboretum

I was very impressed with Thorp Perrow Arboretum and would recommend it for some fantastic autumn colour photography. Here are some of the photos I took on my visit:

Practicalities
Approximate post code (for sat nav) DL8 2PS
Parking There is parking at the site. There is an entrance charge to the arboretum
Website http://www.thorpperrow.com/

This is the location of the arboretum:

Notes for next time
  • Try to arrive early or stay later for different lighting
  • Try some macro photography
References

¹ Thorp Perrow, Garden Information, [accessed 27 October 2016] http://www.thorpperrow.com/gardens.html

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