After what has seemed to be a never ending winter, consisting of rain, more rain and day after day of depressing grey weather, it was nice to get up this morning to be greeted by a clear blue sky and extremely good visibility.
A good breakfast, a very large espresso and camera in hand I was ready to drive the 10 miles to the park. Parking up in West Bretton village I made my way down to the park and ambled in at about 9.15am. Officially the park opens at 10.00am, but no one seems to mind if you wander in at an earlier time to experience the peace and tranquility of the surroundings. Of course by 11.00 the place is thronged with people, walkers, young families and old people alike enjoy what must be the finest open space in the UK containing art and sculpture of international renown.
I re-visited the “Kaws” wooden sculptures on display and was even more blown away by them this time. There is a child like simplicity to them but it is the “body language”that implies the message from each of them. I love the one with hands over their eyes as though saying “oh, no”……….reminds me of my grandson Seb who often shouts this when something goes wrong or doesn’t work.
It was good to see the lake almost full again and the heronry was fully populated with very large birds taking off and then coming into land. Amongst the other wildlife spotted were Goldfinches, Chaffinches, a Tree Creeper and three very large Buzzards circling high above the park.
After a leisurely cappuccino in the main cafe I wandered back to the car and made my way home. We are very fortunate in this part of the world to have such a facility on our doorstep and that is why I make the most of it on a very regular basis.
There is no charge for entry but parking costs £8.00 for the day (and I think they do a 2 hour period for £5.00), not cheap but if there are four people in a car then £2.00 each seems vert reasonable.
Below are some of the photographs I took today and I hope I have done the park justice..
All photographs (c) Kindadukish