Biddulph Grange Gardens are owned by the National Trust. The house itself is not open to the public. If memory serves me correctly it is made into flats to live in. However the gardens are open and are well worth a visit if you're in the area.
This image was taken in the China Garden, thought to be one of the garden's gems. It is a Victorian take on an earlier garden trend. Of course it was the reflections which appealed to me.
Every Chinese or Japanese garden I have visited always has an arch bridge for reflection something about serenity and symmetry. I like your red bridge but the color shift and distortions in the water make the scene more interesting than have an exact reflection.
I love the reflection very much. Real natural artistic deformation. Reflected bridge is much more interesting than "simple" original one.
Of course, if I was you, I would have made it little bit darker. ;-) I have a different taste.
Congratulations for spotting the reflection.
Thank you for it.
Funny how you can just added a touch of some element and it transform the mood and flavor of the place, the bridge design is not all that Chinese, maybe just part of the patterns. but the red make it more Chinese and with just that it did added a little Chinese flavor to it. It is kind of like adding soy sauce into pasta and it becomes chow-mien. Haha, just my fun take on it....Okay, the bamboo is also classic thing that associated to Chinese culture. Though bamboos are all over the world really.
Excellent picture, I do love the reflection part with the distorted patter it makes. A lovely shot of the little charming corner of the garden.
W.Lim (2018/06/26 23:28:35): Hi Pat,
I put soy sauce on my fried egg for breakfast sometimes, over easy or over medium with french bread, that's how we eat it in Laos. I guess spaghetti is really just noodle, you can make it with soy sauce and stir fly it, but not mix with tomato sauce, no I don't.
Wplimrn (2018/06/25 20:42:34): Soy sauce in Pasta makes it chow mien? i laughed out loud when I read that. Do you put soy sauce in your spaghetti? Larry had a room mate in from Taiwan in college who put soy sauce on his pancakes
Okay, I like this one the best of the three! The watery reflection is wonderful. I also like the contrasting frame the green foliage provides. Then the pink plant echos the color of the bridge and expands nicely in the reflection. HLJ, Pat
This image portraits exactly how I envision each garden in England. OK, just kidding, this might be some generalization and exaggeration ;-)
However, I can tell you that in all cities I lived in Brazil, Switzerland, Germany and US I never have seen such a scene. Everything is so clean and neat, just wonderful. A real invitation to relax and stroll, turn off the brain and suck it in!
Lovely spot. Interesting that the we can immediately recognize it as a Chinese garden. Something must be typical about it :-) I really like that one part of the steps are hidden by the bamboo plant disappearing in the green. I think this makes the image special. Wonderful place to hang out and relax. We have a Chinese garden in Zurich but to my shame, I have never been so far.
Beautiful distorted reflections of the small bridge. Also the piece of sky is reflected nicely on the bottom. You were able to include many attractive details of this Chinese garden into your photo. A great addition to the theme.