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paul t beard
Attended Cranbrook C of E Primary.
Lived in Cranbrook, UK
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The fruit of Aesculus Flava or Yellow Buckeye,
 native to the SE USA growing in the Ohio Valley and Appalachian Mountains. In perfect  conditions it can reach a height of almost 150 ft.
Its pretty pale yellow flowers have made it popular in the UK where it is grown in parks and large gardens.
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Cool shot!!  Great DOF!! 
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Summer.
The Summer border at Nymans will reach it's peak in a week or two I waited until the last minute to get this shot without any people, the gardens close at 17.00 the exif shows it was taken at 16.59.07. There was another photographer with the same idea on my left side as I changed lens, with the sun at right angles to the subject my shadow would not be an issue I decided to go wide with 10mm lens with polarizer.
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Many thanks +Margaret Tompkins the amount of work here must be tremendous.
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The Gatehouse to Battle Abbey.

The Abbey was of the Benedictine order William of Normandy bestowed upon it exceptional powers and lands throughout the South of England making it one of the richest in England. Great wealth attracts people and the town of Battle grew outside the Abbey  The Abbey was free of all episcopal jurisdiction and royal taxes, on consecration even attending bishops and clergy had to find lodgings outside the Abbey precinct.
A licence was granted in 1338 by the King to construct a perimeter wall and fortified gatehouse to protect against French raiding parties at the time of the 100 years war.
As can be seen here there are two architectural styles the structure on the left is of later construction possibly after the dissolution and built with stone from the Abbey buildings, it was the towns courthouse but now houses a gift shop the upper floors contain an exhibition of artifacts excavated from the Abbey ruins and an insight into monastic life at the time. 
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Thanks +Margaret Tompkins yes history by the lorry load, the grey circular area in the foreground was the site of Battle bonfire society annual celebrations it is hard cobble stones as the surrounding tarmac area would have melted in the heat. In 1996 under health and safety rules the main bonfire event was moved and only a small token fire was allowed here  that small area would not have accommodated the huge fires that had been built here previously, I attended one event here in 1985 when over 1000 burning torches were paraded through the streets.
The local gunpowder mills are said to have inadvertently supplied  Guy Fawkes in his bid to blow up the houses of parliament, manufacture ceased in 1778 when 15 tons of powder which was drying in the kilns went up the authorities refused to renew their licence as a result. A hotel called powder mills now stands on the site which is sited just off powdermill lane. 
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Wisteria.
120ft pergola covered in four varieties of wisteria now forming a rather dark tunnel. I tried several angles but this worked the best I felt it gave the best perspective and included the Chinese lantern, as I was lining up the shot a young lady entered the scene just at the right moment to add some more interest and give a sense of scale.
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Thanks you very much +Margaret Tompkins 
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Thank you +Margaret Tompkins  I know G+ has been snowed under with shots of Daylilies but could not resist posing this one.
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Thank you +Patrizia Melis I agree it is very beautiful.
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Love these gorgeous trees!!  Beautiful!  Thanks for sharing with the #LandscapePhotography theme!!  
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  • Cranbrook C of E Primary.
  • Swattenden school for boy's
  • Further education with the Grocers Institute.
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Amateur photographer, Love nature.
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I have lived in the South of England all my life, main hobby is photography mostly self taught. I also like to research what I have photographed mostly on the internet and share with others my findings.
 
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