Earlier this week I was asked to go along with Becky on a site visit to Westonbirt. The National Arboretum contains a stunning mix of trees from native oaks to Japanese acers and even some award winning trees.
Our visit started with a walk to the Tree Management Centre where we saw photographed the amazing interpretation piece The Way Design team had designed. The piece was difficult to shoot because of its location and the sun position but every good photographer should be able to think on their feet (or tummy in my case!) and adapt to the conditions. I decided that the best shot was going to be found by lying on the floor inside a tire tunnel. After rolling around on the floor looking down the viewfinder; probably looking like a lost seal looking for a way back to the sea, I found the shot and captured the image we had spent so long looking for.
Next we went to Silk Wood over the amazing Treetop Walkway. Whilst on the treetop walkway you feel at one with the Arboretum and get to see the trees from a whole new angle. Silk Wood was vast woodland with lots of winding paths through it. We also saw how the trees are grown to promote good growth and maximize their reproduction.
Finally, we explored the Old Arboretum where we were dwarfed by the huge trees – walking down Lime Avenue felt like going down a giants drive! The trees were all varied in colour and all had a slightly different look to them. I was amazed how many different varieties of tree were in such a small area. There was also a tree that particularly stood out because of its bright yellowy green leaves.
As my time with The Way Design comes to an end, I realised how much I have learnt about the creative industry and what clients really want. I would like to thank India, Howard, Becky and of course Betsy (the office dog) for allowing me to come and work with them, it’s been awesome!