Heligan Photos, Heligan Thoughts

Mud Man. Made of mud, haircut by crocosmia

I spents some time at Heligan, too on my travels in Devon and Cornwall. It was my second most important reason for going there. I’ve watched the TV programmes showing it’s restoration and developement, but I could not have ever appreciated it from my sofa. So my partner joined me and we camped at a motor home site just next door. We didn’t have to drive, but walk to the entrance. And it was well worth it. Want to see some more photos? Here they are.

Another of the fab sculptures. Too tired by this one to have got its name.

Heligan was home to the Tremayne family once, it fell into decay and has been restored in recent years, and we found out a little about a bygone (or not?) era when gardeners had to sleep in little more than a stone shed with an open side to look after the extremely precious pineapple crop, grow a fruit from one of the great plant hunting expeditions just to stuff the pheasant for their table with and the Tremaynes had their men destroy wild handkerchief trees in their native habitat just so the one they had would remain exclusive.

But today, this estate is run by organic methods, and the gardens are home to some rare treasures, even today, on our shores thanks to its mini climate. Just look at this next shot.

Heligan Gardens. Cycads, palms, a mini paradise

Some of the plants are fascinating just to look at. As you can imagine, I was very busy with my camera.  I Had a sore shoulder by the end of the day from holding it!

Just one of the many fascinating exotic plants I saw at Heligan

The Italian Garden at Heligan

If you want to find out more abaout this amazing place, their website is http://www.heligan.com. It’s a good guide to what’s on offer and may entice you down there next year….

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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Randy Wornhole
    Nov 15, 2010 @ 07:33:41

    Wow honey, great shots, I want to go there NOW….

    Reply

  2. chriscaff
    Nov 15, 2010 @ 14:03:02

    Thankyou Randy. It’s a fab place and huge!

    Reply

  3. jonathandavidphotography
    Nov 16, 2010 @ 10:27:15

    Chris, I had a look through your photos and I really like them! Great work and fantastic composition! Keep up the good work!

    Reply

    • chriscaff
      Nov 16, 2010 @ 12:15:38

      Thankyou Jonathon. I thought your work was superb. You’ve captured the water on the models beautifully! It’s good to know someone out there appreciates what we do.

      Reply

  4. Marc Rodriguez
    Nov 17, 2010 @ 19:13:08

    Great photos!

    Reply

  5. weaselwiththecam
    Nov 23, 2010 @ 08:55:16

    The Mudman is really cool. Looks like from a fairy tale.

    Reply

  6. lailame
    Nov 27, 2010 @ 09:49:38

    WOW! Really unique shots! Well done!

    Reply

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