Duck Island Cottage

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O Venus, joy of men and gods,
Forsake for once thy blest abodes ...
Quit Paphos and the Cyprian Isle
To reign o'er my Duck Island.

Sir Charles Hanbury-Williams


While the rest of London rioted, I thought I'd show everyone a different side of the city. As it turns out, quite by accident. I was working late and came out around sunset. I had my camera and tripod with me, so thought I'd meander my way slowly to a tube station. I headed toward Westminster and aimed to get the Houses of Parliament. Again. By the time I'd gotten there, the sun had gone to low and all the clouds cleared up.

Not one to give up easily, I headed towards the bigest cloud formation I could see. This took me into St James's Park. Quite by happenstance I spied this quaint little cottage to which I'd never set eyes on before. "What a quaint little cottage! I've never set eyes on this before!" I said to myself. It reminded me of the gingerbread and cake cottage from Hansel and Gretel, the Brothers Grimm fairytale. "I shall take this photo!", I exclaimed out loud! Passing people stared at me like I was a lunatic. I can only assume the riots had made them jumpy.

I decided to process this to give it a more fairytale feel in keeping with my vision. This really deserves to be viewed large and black; it adds a lot, especially to this photo.

It turns out that this little place is the headquarters of the London Parks & Gardens Trust and was built in 1841 as a bird keeper's cottage. It sits upon Duck Island in the St James's Park Lake. At the end of the lake, where you can see the last remnants of the sunset, you can just make out Buckingham Palace.

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Canon 5D Mark II / ISO 100 / f6.3 / 17-40mm @ 17mm

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  1. J'adore Je t'aime 33 months ago | reply

    Whoa, almost like fairytale home! :D
    I really like how the warm light radiates out from the house.
    Such a beauty.

  2. ytbrizzle 33 months ago | reply

    Such a cool shot!
    It was darn brave of you carrying your gear with you on the evening of friends and I were all freaking out!

  3. dabrantes 33 months ago | reply

    I really like the way the colors come together.

  4. { Kasia Skrzypek } 33 months ago | reply

    wow, so magical!!!

  5. Olympe B. 33 months ago | reply

    amazing atmopshere!!!

  6. D£xt£R 33 months ago | reply

    Amazing Fella!

  7. Sal Virji (Sal's Marine) on / off 33 months ago | reply

    Stunning capture, really nice work in your stream

  8. Neil Kremer 33 months ago | reply

    Fantastic scene, very storybook.

  9. odin's_raven 33 months ago | reply

    like I walked into hobbiton wicked night shot mate

  10. nephysbrite 32 months ago | reply

    Amazing... (L)

  11. ohhector 30 months ago | reply

    wonderful lighting moment!

  12. Derrick_Nguyen 30 months ago | reply

    I was reviewing some pictures of yours and I particularly like this one. It creates a very warm and cozy Thomas Kinkade kind of effect. I wonder is that a statue of a boy or was it a real boy?

  13. ilre24_photos 28 months ago | reply

    Veri Good photo.

  14. mn-foto 27 months ago | reply

    Great capture!

  15. itscosmicjim 24 months ago | reply

    Beautiful image, it just shows whats in your back yard.

  16. BradGunther 16 months ago | reply

    You take the most beautiful photos, and they all seem absolutely perfect.

  17. Linda Molloy 15 months ago | reply

    that looks so warm and inviting, but a little intimidating at the same time. Beautiful shot

  18. marteliegjeseth 14 months ago | reply

    Omg I love this

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