Thursday, 7 October 2010

Lake at Harewood


The gardens at Harewood House were originally laid out by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown in the mid-18th century.  One of the best known English landscape architects, his skill and vision was sought after by the landed gentry of the time.  He swept away the formal English garden style in favour of huge naturalistic landscapes of sweeping grass, clumps and scatterings of trees and serpentine lakes.  It was a style that became very fashionable and many of his gardens remain today... though if you didn't think about it, you might assume that many of the grand estates that he designed - Harewood, Blenheim Palace, Warwick Castle - had always looked like that.  The style fell out of fashion after Brown's death but gained recognition again in the 20th century.

12 comments:

  1. Beautiful romantic scenery! Have a great day!

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  2. Your recent posts have reminded me of how little I remember from my OU studies! This is pretty - did you produce the concentric ripples yourself, or are they natural? If the former, it's a cool trick I must try one day.

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  3. the place looks very natural, so green and scenic.

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  4. James - the ripples were caused by a duck that you can't see. I paid it, of course!

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  5. I noticed the perfect ripples too! Glorious photo, Jenny! (My first partner was a landscape architect.)

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  6. He sounds like he was ahead of his time. I would like a scene like this in my garden.

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  7. Hmmmm. Why do holidays have to end? You are transporting me to a serene place, thank you!

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  8. HA! The duck may be in hiding, but I spot his shadow under the jetty :)

    Beautiful photo. So calming at the end of a hectic day!

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  9. Wonderful photo! Capability Brown is one of my heroes.

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  10. Looks quite peaceful - lovely.

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  11. The paid duck is money well spent ;-) The ripples add more interest to the photo. Beautiful.

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  12. Very serene setting. I had no idea this was also an "English" garden look. That was very interesting to read about Jenny. ~Lili

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