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Richmond Park History
Richmond Park is the 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 is also home to the Isabella Plantation and Pembroke Lodge.
CLICK HERE for more on the park on the Royal Parks website. Note, they offer wonderful walks and talks about the natural history that is on offer in the park.
Richmond Park Deer Rut
I have photographed the deer rut in Richmond Park since 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 out there, 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.
Small muddy ponds allow the Red Deer stags to flick the mud up onto themselves and this makes for different images to other parks.
Below are some of the images that you can hope to get while walking around this natural spectacle
Wide open spaces in cities are to be cherished, and Richmond Park is the biggest enclosed space in London. There are many chances to practice your landscape photography, with morning and evening shoots giving a wonderful edge in the golden light.
You can photograph the deer with urban backgrounds or move amongst the large groups that rest in the open spaces. The autumnal colours are also more prevalent in the large wooded areas and make for beautiful landscapes.
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