The Southbank skatepark has been an unofficial skateboarding venue since the 1970s, and I signed the petition to keep it when it was going to be built on. It has thankfully been saved and is no longer slated for demolition. Not only known for being a skatepark itself, it also featured in the episode ‘The Blind Banker’ of the BBCs’ Sherlock series.
On Southbank, you’ll normally (if the weather is good!) find performers up and down the bank, either dressed up and posing for pictures, or people who do tricks on bicycles etc. These two were the first we saw, and I was grateful that they let me take pictures (after donating to them first, of course).
As the weather was incredibly nice today, I decided to journey down to Southbank on the River Thames to see if I could capture any performers on the bank itself. However, before that I thought ‘why not photograph the things I take for granted, but other people might not see?’, so that’s exactly what I did. Having lived in London my whole life, these landmarks have become commonplace. With these images, I want people to see the beauty that I take for granted.
Just in case any of my very little amount of followers were wondering, I haven’t been posting because a bad cold kicked my butt back into bed for a couple weeks. However, while I was there this little fella decided to land on one of our sheets that was outside to dry. I think he’s an admiral butterfly, judging from the colour on his wings.
At the big park we were walking around, they have an animal preserve for injured or too domesticated animals to stay in. This little Jay was the only one of its kind there, and when we did our high-pitched pet voice ‘Hello!’, he actually said hello back! We didn’t even know Jays could parrot!
As we were walking around this huge park in blazing hot heat, I noticed what looks like a wasp/possibly just a fly trying to pollinate this flower. He stayed still long enough for me to snap this! The flower could be a snap dragon, and I’ve found in my explorations that they’re very common in this area.
While walking through a huge park not far from me, I noticed something floating in mid-air. The web it was hanging on was hard to see, but thankfully it stayed still long enough to let me take this.
I didn’t think I would find anything like this to photograph while walking in my local park, but this turned out to be a pleasant surprise! This flower is an allium, if my research on it is correct.
This lovely cow and her two adorable calves were on the farm and all they wanted was food! Unfortunately, all they got from us were pats on the head, which they didn’t seem very happy with.
An original window on the grounds of an early 1600s house, which thankfully was open to visitors and to random people taking photos.