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International Year of Forests

(January 1st, 2011 - December 31st, 2013)

Robert Bilsland

Woodland Management, Thinned Out For Future Health

Robert Bilsland

The Glorious Colours of Autumn

Queenswood Country Park, Herefordshire, England, UK

October 21, 2012, 16:03 UTC (17:03 local time)

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The Queenswood Country Park and Arboretum covers a large area compromising of a 67 acre arboretum containing over 1,200 rare and exotic trees from all over the world and a 103 acre area of semi-natural ancient woodland. The planting of the trees started in 1953 to mark the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Now there is a collection of Californian Redwood trees that can grow to over 100 meters tall and a collection of Japanese Maples that present a fantastic show of colour through the autumn.

This is a view I've wanted to capture for a number of years but for one reason or another I had previously missed. The Park is about an hours drive from home and so wasn't a quick trip to see how the Autumn colours were progressing.

It's very difficult to explain how bright the colours are to others, I really haven't played with them, they really are that bright. The autumn garden contains many Japanese Maples and so provides a very wide range of colour at the same time. From greens through yellows and reds through pinks, some colours so vivid they are almost unnatural.
Queenswood Country Park - Herefordshire Council


Europe / UK-England

Lat: 52° 9' 24.01" N
Long: 3° 44' 37.7" W

Elevation: 600 ft

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Precision is: High. Pinpoints the exact spot.

Taken with a Nikon D300 and a Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G fisheye lens. Mounted on a Nodal Ninja 5 panorama head and R-D16 rotator atop a Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod. Shots taken at 6 positions 60° apart, tilted 15° down and another shot taken looking straight up. Raw files then processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.6 before being stitched together using PTGui Pro 9.1.3 and converted using Pano2VR 3.1.4.

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