Okay, so I know you see sunny skies, but I promise: this IS England!We spent a good portion of our first full day with our hosts Chris and Tara at the Stowe Landscape Gardens.
The park was created in the 17th century, and was visited by aristocracy and royalty, alike. Almost 100 years ago, it was turned into a school, and now the gardens are open to the public.And to the sheep!The Gothic Temple.There were six statues to the gods of each day of the week (except Thursday… not sure where that one went). And Chris, making up for the missing deity.A few days later, we headed off to the city of Oxford, including the world-famous University of Oxford.
We began the tour, and I found out there was a wedding finishing up at Christ Church! So of course, I had to try and get a picture in front of the bride and groom in front of the incredible architecture. My gracious friends humored me while I waited 45 minutes. And THEN… the couple went the wrong way! But I was able to sneak this one shot…After the couple got in their Rolls Royce to move onto their reception, we continued through the beautiful and historic town.Here I am with Tara, who lives right near Oxford, and Lil, who you may remember as my former Australian roommate who I met up with in Hawaii last year! We got REALLY lucky… I was paid to shoot a wedding in Ireland the same month she was paid to present a paper at a conference in the UK! Of course, we had to meet up.And Erik and I on the cobblestone streets, surrounded by century-old buildings.I love this photo. And I take NO credit for it. Okay, maybe about 1% credit… it was shot by Tara, who was my protegee for week! The morning before she took this picture, I ran a small workshop for her and some friends on how to use the DSLR camera.Another activity in the English countryside… afternoon tea at Hartwell House.Fancy fork.Our arrangement — scones, un-crusted bread, desserts, cream, and jam to go with our tea. I think Tara took this one.Back at home — meet Daphne!The whole family! As a thank you for everything they did for us, I took some family pictures. I must say, I was sooo excited because about 75% about the pictures hanging in their house were taken by me or my associate — I shot Chris and Tara’s wedding, their engagement, as well as Tara’s sister’s wedding!England is full of these beautiful fields of rapeseed, which were at peak bloom while we were there! Tara calls them the “yellow fields of happiness”. We spent some time finding one that wasn’t privately owned so we could take a picture.And finally, Chris and Tara’s favorite meat-pie restaurant. Yummy, and very British!And nerdy.