Yesterday, GodDaughter 2 and I spent the afternoon in Kew Gardens. Which is a lot bigger and a lot bigger of a deal than I realised.
The high point of our day, literally as well as metaphorically, was our visit to the Great Pagoda. And not just the Great Pagoda in a general way. We climbed up the stairs to the top of the Great Pagoda.
There were views, of which this one was, of course, my favourite:
Here is variant of that same view. Note how the lighting has changed somewhat. The Walkie Talkie remains as as strikingly lit as ever, and it remains the star of the show, but the Wheel is a bit different (as is the Waterloo Crane Cluster that reaches up above it). It was one of those bright intervals with scattered showers days:
I know what you’re thinking. Not very clear photos. Rather vague and blurry. All true, and you are definitely entitled to your opinion, if that is what it is.
But in my defence, and in defence also of my camera, take a look at the same view, minus the zoom.
The third of the above photos being a lot closer to what I merely saw than the first two are.
The vast expanse of greenery in the foreground is … Kew Gardens. That photo was photoed half way up the Pagoda, as soon as I realised that this view was happening.
Maybe a compromise is in order. Maybe this is the best photo, with some zoom, but not the maximum allowed:
Sadly, though, that lighting effect hadn’t yet occurred. That was one I took earlier
As I keep saying, my camera has far better eyesight than I do, and I am afraid the gap is growing.
Something else that continues to grow is my admiration for the Walkie Talkie. When lit as it is in the first two photos above, and when it is seen from a great distance, it is the most beautiful City of London Big Thing of them all, I think.