Tag Archives: Wales

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #216 – Urban Environments

I am not generally someone who takes photographs in urban areas – but here are a few images from a trip to a small town during our holiday in Wales this summer.

Many thanks to Sofia for this week’s challenge.

Six on Saturday – 9th July 2022

So we have just returned from a trip to Wales to see family and friends. When in Wales it is always a joy to visit the botanic garden. We spent a lovely day there with family and friends and so I dedicate this Six on Saturday post to those special people. You know who you are.

The only problem is it is very hard to chose just six images. There was a beautiful display of numerous day lilies in many wonderful shades of yellow, orange and reds.

Day lily

Next a calendula – almost metalic copper in colour found in the herb garden.


There were some stunning roses – I wish I could share the scent of this one.


In the tropical greenhouse there were some amazing pitcher plants.

Pitcher plants

I didn’t actually go into the domed greenhouse – too hot for me. But it looks amazing even from the outside.

Doomed greenhouse

And finally for now, I am not sure what this was – but I am guessing maybe some kind of salvia.

Botanic garden

Thoroughly recommend a visit if you have not been. Thanks to The Propagator for hosting Six on Saturday.

Lens-Artists Challenge #184: Travel has taught me

Travel has taught me that I am a home-bird! I love new places and exploring but I don’t enjoy the getting there. Mostly I have travelled to study or to start a new job, but since I settled back home I am content to stay put. When we lived in the UK I did spend a couple of long weekends in Devon/Cornwall area.

When I did travel I found that no matter where you went nature’s beauty was everywhere.

Sardinian flower

In recent years we have travelled frequently to Wales to see my husband’s family. These trips are always made by ferry.

Crossing the Irish sea

And there is always so much to do and see in Wales; from historical castles to learn about…………………

And gardens to find inspiration.

Window with a view

This is the view from the summer house at Laugharne Castle in south Wales which we visited last year. The window overlooks the Taf Estuary. Dylan Thomas, the famous welsh author is supposed to have used the summer house to write. And the view is certainly inspiring.

Summer house at Laugharne castle

Summer house at Laugharne castle

Inspired by this week’s Lens-artist photo challenge – Window with a view

Flower Displays

Again I find myself reminiscing about last summer. The day we visited the National Botanic Garden of Wales was probably the hottest and sunniest of them all – so not the best day to photograph the amazing displays of flowers in the gardens.

One of my favourite areas was this planted wheat field with traditional “weeds” – in other words flowers – this is how wheat would have grown in the past before chemicals.

Botanic Gardens, Wales

Botanic Gardens, Wales

I used the pop setting on the camera to get some interesting affects.

Botanic Gardens, Wales

Botanic Gardens, Wales

Inspired by Lens artist photo challenge – on display


Arable flowers

In the National Botanic Gardens of Wales, which we visited in the summer, they had an area sown with arable wheat which had all the traditional arable “weeds” – which are in fact all wonderful flowers that attract many pollinators. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I liked it so much I took photos from lots of angles.


I would really love to replicate this is my own garden. In the summer it provides food for insects and in the autumn food for birds!


Arable meadow

National Botanic Garden of Wales

On a recent visit to Wales, we visited the National Botanic Garden of Wales – always a great place to spend a few hours and marvel at the beauty of plants. It was a hot sunny day, not ideal for taking photographs so I played a bit with the pop setting on my camera, to create some more dreamy affects.


The domed greenhouse at these gardens is particularly spectacular, but it was too hot too go in!

National Botanic Garden of Wales

National Botanic Garden of Wales


And of course when in Wales you have to be on the look out for any dreamy dragons.

National Botanic Garden of Wales

dreamy dragon




This week’s Lens-artist photo challenge is a special one as they are celebrating their first anniversary! So the choice is ours – so I thoughts I would post some photos of our recent visit to Wales.

Friendship – we made a new friend in Charlotte at Old Oak Barn, the self catering accommodation we stayed at. Charlotte has a beautiful garden and was so generous with her time, even sending me home with some seeds gathered from her garden to try. You can see more about Charlotte’s garden here.

Charlotte's Garden

Charlotte’s Garden

Imagination – The National Botanic gardens of Wales is full of imaginative planting, beautiful sculptures and of course fabulous plants and flowers.

Connected – Wales is very well connected with its history, with many wonderful castle to visit and explore.

Wales is a lovely country full of great places to visit and friendly people.

Thank you to the Len-artists of their year of photo challenges. I look forward to the coming year.