‘Naked’ Trees And The Morning Shift

'naked' trees...beautiful as always

I woke up yesterday morning happy that the sun had once again graced our beloved Middlesex and I knew from the weather forecast that the same will be in central London where I usually hang up my coat for the day at the office. I was most probably happier knowing that Tuesday was the last day in the office for Wednesday is my birthday and I’m going to be on a day’s approved holiday. Yippeee!

Tres magnifique...

I met up with a colleague on the train platform and we travelled together to Green Park tube station. As usual I always kept my faithful Sony T90 Cybershot ready in case I spotted something which of course I myself would have spotted! My colleague was most gracious and allowed me the few seconds, stopping here and there to take a couple of shots of the scenes before us as we trudged towards our respective 8-hour dens in a historic 300-year old building. This is the office by the way, where I hang up my coat for the day from Monday to Friday except when ill with something floating around which had accosted more than one person I know or on approved leave.

Bathed in the rays of the morning sun...

These ‘naked’ trees still look good to me whichever angle I happened to look. They are still as beautiful as when they had leaves. Imagine these trees, relieved of the kilograms of leaves on their branches at this point in time. The transition period between Winter and Spring. They are enjoying their freedom – chillin’ in the morning sun.

Further enroute to the office and taking great care not to be run over by oncoming traffic along St James Street, we saw  these guards on a shift change outside the gates of St James Palace. What a great coincidence.

Just in time to witness the guard shift...

And of course the eternal tourist in me said ‘take a shot’, well all resistence left me and I sheepishly asked my gracious colleague to take a photo of me. My colleague once again graciously obliged and for the first time in 6 years I had my first photo taken with the guards at this station as a backdrop.

What a backdrop...puts a smile on my face...

Wicked! Even after 6 years it was a novelty! That goes to show how the city can grow on you. I always took this scene for granted which of course tourists found interesting and captivating. And to think tha I walk by this place everyday to the office without enjoying this important ‘transition’ between the one guard detail to another.

The face of duty...priceless.

I’ve always wondered whether these guys are properly dressed and warm enough as they stood in the cool morning air. Don’t know how long their detail was…never really asked. I trust they are wearing cashmere or something warm. Hope they are wearing layers…Winter’s not gone completely yet, you know.

Spring’s Kinda Slow This Year

It was a great sunny day yesterday so a friend and I went for a lunchtime walk at Green Park. Green Park is surrounded by some historic buildings and roads. These are some shots from that walk. Green Park is situated near Buckingham Palace, Green Park Tube station, Clarence House and St James’s Palace. From Green Park one can walk through to St James’s Park.

It was a lovely sunny day but cold. Imagine this, we were walking with our gloves on. There were others who were running or walking and enjoying lunch sat in the seats and on the grass. It was a pretty sight. Although the temperatures are still teethering between single and double digits it still is pleasant enough to get rugged up and go for a short not-so brisk walk. Walking is so much fun and liberating from  hours of sitting at the desk. I do a lot of sitting down with over 10 tube station stops to Green Park then at my desk,  so this is the sort of day when I try to get out for a short walk. Its good to have a bit of exercise, take in some fresh air and enjoy the beauty of nature. Green Park offers a great quiet place for short walks during lunchtime so in that sense it is quite handy.

Here are some photos from that walk.

I prefer walking in this park because I don’t have to brave traffic to get there and there is always fewer people and lots of lovely trees and tree-lined walkways. I love trees and love taking photos of them.

My friend and I enjoyed our 50 min walk through Green Park. The air was crisp and we felt rather good taking the walk during lunchtime. It gave us the chance to enjoy the park and to welcome the onset of Spring. Slow though it is, it was still a nice day, and am grateful for the simple pleasure of a walk in the park. It was enjoyable and free. Walking back to the office I thought to myself…Spring’s kinda slow this year.