Highlights from Kew's 'Winter Up Close' Photo Challenge

In December 2010, Kew invited members of its 'Your Kew' and 'Natural Neighbourhood' Flickr groups to take part in our 'Winter Up Close' Photo Challenge. Here are some of our favourite photos.

11 Jan 2011

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Towering black pine near the Rock Garden

Towering black pine (Pinus nigra subsp laricio) near the Rock Garden by Kew on Flickr

After much consideration we have selected our favourite photographs from each of Kew's official Flickr groups and created galleries to showcase them. You can browse our 'Winter Up Close' Photo Challenge galleries here:

Below are the featured photos from December's 'Winter Up Close' Photo Challenge. If you want to get involved in this months challenge, the new theme is 'Light & Landscapes'.

Featured photos - Your Kew 'Winter Up Close' Photo Challenge

Featured photographs from 'Your Kew' on Flickr
Top: Kew Gardens in the snow by Across the Lens | Bottom: American Hophornbeam in the Duke's Garden, Kew Gardens by Zed.Cat

'Kew Gardens in the snow' by Across the Lens (top)

We chose this photograph because it shows Kew's Temperate House in unusual surroundings - entirely engulfed in snow. The stark white palette and sweeping landscape really charges the imagination. Has Kew's iconic Victorian glasshouse been dropped in the middle of a snowstorm? See this photo on Flickr.

'American Hophornbeam in the Duke's Garden, Kew Gardens' by Zed.Cat (bottom)

We selected this photograph because it highlights the subtle colour and delicate form of this elegant plant. The snowy white background also complements the subject perfectly. See this photo on Flickr.

Featured photos - Natural Neighbourhood 'Winter Up Close' Photo Challenge

Left: Downy woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) by Beobachtung | Right: Winter Wonderland by Ron Hanko.

'Downy woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)' by Beobachtung (left)

We chose this photograph because it shows off the beautiful texture of this tree bark laced with snow. The impressive woodpecker in action also takes centre stage. See this photo on Flickr.

'Winter Wonderland' by Ron Hanko (right)

We selected this photograph because the composition and colour is fantastic. The seemingly untouched piles of snow on the picket fence highlight the sheer depth of snow that fell this winter. The tiny bug clinging to the fence post also reassures us that life in the natural world continues. See this photo on Flickr.

Join Kew on Flickr and take part in our 'Light & Landscape' Photo Challenge

'Kew on Flickr' is Kew's official Flickr group for Kew Gardens and Wakehurst; we invite visitors to share their photos of the Gardens and take part in monthly photo challenges. Help Kew show off the beauty and fascinations of the Gardens and see your photos featured on Kew's website.

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1 comment on 'Highlights from Kew's 'Winter Up Close' Photo Challenge'

Rachel says

13/01/2011 8:53:51 AM | Report abuse

Some lovely images, but I'm not sure I'd have chosen the pine one above all the others to headline the piece

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