An old favourite on this blog makes an overdue reappearance.
Seeing as I haven’t been there for almost a year, I decided to pop down back down there, armed with my trusty camera.
Just as the ducks and geese were settling down for the night, the poor things had me snapping away at them.
As you can see, The River Gardens has got boats, it’s got about 50 million geese there, and a very pretty bandstand too.
(I would’ve showed you the pictures that I took from the bandstand, but I accidentally captured the underage drinkers, boy racers, and doggers in those shots when they turned up for their dusk-related depravity. No-one needs to see that. Kinda ruins the lovely atmos…)
Just in case I hadn’t mentioned it enough in other posts, Belper is a town in the middle of Derbyshire. It’s famous for having a (now slightly dilapidated) Mill, for producing a James Bond (Timothy Dalton FYI – I saw his mum in Morrisons once and everything) and for having a life-size fibreglass statue of Mr. Potato Head. As I’m sure you can imagine, it’s a hive of cultural activity that oozes class.*
In all seriousness, I’ve previously described the River Gardens as Belper’s jewel in the crown, which is definitely is. Serene, still, and pretty; provided you get there before the doggers do.
The Camera Nerd Bit: In case you were wondering, I took these photos on my Canon 6D with the Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art lens. I think it’s the first time I’ve taken the 6D there since I bought it last year, and I’m so impressed with how bright the full-frame sensor makes the images look, despite the fact it was far darker to the eye!
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