This afternoon I took a trip over to Bedgebury Pinetum, one of my favourite local places, which actually has redwood trees! I find it so amazing they have these exotic trees in Kent and it always makes me think of the film Vertigo! I was in the Natural History museum a few weeks back and saw the giant slice of redwood tree which reminded me I had not been to begdgebury in ages.
Over the Summer there was a photography exhibition at Bedgebury, which I unfortunately missed, but they still had some of the images on display in the woodland. They looked quite surreal as the images were taken in woodland in Cambodia, but were shown alongside the trees of Bedgebury. One in particular I really loved was of a Monk sitting in the forest. It was very striking and peaceful. The brilliant orange of his robes looked amazing against the pine trees and autumnal leaves. It was at Magic Hour too, so the light made it look very special
"Guardians of the Areng Valley is a major new outdoor photography exhibition by internationally acclaimed photographer Luke Duggleby. 30 spectacular large scale colour photographs, which present Duggleby’s journey into the remote Cardamom Forest of Southwest Cambodia will be displayed amongst the trees in the National Pinetum, one of the largest and most complete collections of conifers in the world."
"The photographs focus on the rapid forest destruction which threatens critically endangered species and indigenous forest communities. They also shine a light on a growing environmental movement pioneered by Buddhist Monks to raise awareness and help communities fight against further destruction of these critically important forest eco-systems."
Here are some images of things which caught my eye. Love this place!