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Bushy Park History
Bushy Park is the second largest park of the eight that can be found in London. It’s a mixture of woods, gardens, ponds and grassland, with herds of deer and birdlife to enjoy. It’s located near Hampton Court Palace, and the two’s history is closely intertwined. CLICK HERE for more on the park on the Royal Parks website. Note, that they offer wonderful walks and talks about the natural history on offer in the park.
Much of the action can be photographed not far from the main car park. There are three small ponds that account for much of the water bird and scenic photography you can do. The Boating Pool, Heron Pond, and wonderfully named, Leg of Mutton Pond all offer something different. You can spend hours walking along the length of the three, switching sides depending on the lighting you want. The position of the sun lends itself to front-lit or silhouette work. But you can move around the ponds according to the seasonal position of the sun.
I have photographed the deer rut in Bushy Park since about 2004 (I was still shooting film back then), and it has changed a lot in the past few years. Due to the digital revolution, there is a keen interest in photographing this annual spectacle. This can mean that there are a lot of photographers, so you have to be creative with your photography to keep them out the frame.
Red Deer and Fallow deer are present in the park and tend to rut at different times. Although they do overlap slightly, the ruts are quite different with most people focussing on the Red Deers.
Bushy Park is a little gem of a place and the wide open spaces are to be cherished. There are many chances to practice your landscape photography, with morning and evening shoots giving a wonderful edge in the golden light.
I love going in winter because the mist is very common over the ponds and open grassland allowing for beautiful and atmospheric images
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