Like many Londoners (and indeed town dwellers worldwide) I discovered the pleasures of our local park during the pandemic lockdowns. Whether on our permitted visits to the shops or on the also permitted daily walks close to home, Walpole Park was our refuge and our delight.
Since then I have continued to visit regularly. It is still our preferred route to the shops, and it’s convenient when we just need a little fresh air. It’s also a great option when I feel like getting out with my camera but don’t have a lot of time to spare.
I already shared a brief history of this lovely park in a previous post, A Neighbourhood Walk. That post showcased the park in the autumn, so for Denzil’s Nature Photo Challenge this week I decided to take a walk there this morning and see what I could discover to share. I found some lovely trees, beautiful flowers, bees, ducks and even a fish!
But a park wouldn’t be a park without the people, so even though this is a nature challenge I’ve included a few of them too – and their dogs!
Of course with the people and the dogs comes a certain level of activity so you wouldn’t come here if for true peacefulness you need solitude. But for the city dweller a park like this is the closest we come to nature on a daily basis. And as I enjoy a bit of people-watching just as much as I enjoy nature, Walpole Park is peaceful enough for me.
Although I visit this park at least weekly, all these photos were taken today!
Bridge by the more natural of the two ponds in the park
A favourite tree, seen from two angles
Carp in the more formal of the ponds
Tufted duck in the same pond
Bees on laburnum
Yellow flags by one of the ponds
And a purple iris nearby
Hawthorn aka May Tree
A quiet spot
Time for a rest
Dog among the daisies, with stick
I visit Walpole Park frequently; all these photos were taken in May 2023