MACRO MAY HOT SPOTS
As we’re still celebrating the magnificent #MacroMay, where we offer tips and tricks and share user submissions of macro images, we thought we would round up some great locations.
We’ve listed five of the best places to shoot interesting macro subjects around the UK. As well as being replete with subjects to photograph, these places are also a fantastic day out for the whole family. If you were wondering where to soak up some sunshine or to take the children out for half-term look no further…
But, before you pack your bag, make sure you give our macro photography tips blog a read for good measure: http://www.olympus-imagespace.co.uk/6-tips-for-better-macro-photography/
1. RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Royal Hospital Chelsea
If you’re quick off the mark when reading this blog then you’re in luck and you’ve not missed it. If not, keep it bookmarked for 2016 as it’s a great location.
Starting Tuesday 19th and going on until Saturday 23rd May is the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show. Public tickets start at £31 and allow admittance to the show from Thursday onwards, while members of RHS are allowed entrance from Tuesday onwards. The show promises exceptional and varied photo opportunities, with everything from fantastic flowers and outstanding orchids to beautiful bonsais.
2. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Royal Botanic Gardens
Price: Summer Lates £11 Adult – £3.50 Child – Free for Members
After the success of ‘Late’ in February of this year, Kew Gardens is holding six late-night events with live music, talks and delightful botanical cocktails. The Full Of Spice festival is going on too, where there will be interactive installations, exhibitions and food all based around spices. You’ll also get the chance to see the botanical origins and the plants that make up the famous and delicious spices.
Not only is it a great day out but you’ll be spoiled for choice for macro subjects to photograph around the gardens. So go easy on the cocktails – maybe just one to steady the hands!
Wakehurst in Kew Gardens. Credit Jim Holden. Image taken from Kew Gardens Press Library
3 Stratford-Upon-Avon Butterfly Farm
Swan’s Nest Lane
Price: Adults £6.25 Children £5.25 Under 3’s Free
The butterfly farm has some serious bragging rights as “The UK’s largest tropical butterfly paradise.” Now, it’s entirely possible that the concept of paradise is subjective depending on which butterflies you speak to, but it’s certainly a large collection with hundreds of different types of butterfly.
The Butterfly House is a tropical environment with beautiful blossom, splashing waterfalls and a small pond. It’s great for grabbing shots of butterflies feeding and drinking, and the colours are simply amazing.
In addition to this there’s the Caterpillar Room, where you can see how the different butterflies start their lifecycle, and there’s also Insect City, which houses beetles, leaf-cutting ants, stick insects and many more.
Oh, and if you’re feeling brave there’s an entire room designated for spiders called Arachnoland which is home to the world’s largest spider, along with a few scorpion colonies thrown in for good measure.
4. Eden Project
Price: £25 Adults Children (4-16) £12 Under 4’s Free
The Eden Project is an amazing structure nestled in the Cornish hills. Inside it boasts three climatic zones with over two million plants, while outside there are 30 acres of beautiful gardens and a variety of different areas to explore. In addition to this there are also plenty of art installations and even a photography exhibition – “People Of The Rainforest” by Robin Hanbury-Tenison and Sebastião Salgado among the foliage in the Rainforest Biome.
To check out the spring highlights have a look here: https://www.edenproject.com/visit/whats-here/plant-highlights
For those brave enough, the Eden Project is also home to the UK’s largest zipwire, so it might be worth packing your tough camera!
5. National Trust
Okay, okay, not strictly a single place, but chances are there’s a National Trust garden somewhere very close to you, no matter where you are in the UK. Many of the National Trust properties are packed with events all year around, from bluebell walks to history tours.
Head over to the National Trust website to see where’s best for you.