A change of scene.

An abrupt, unplanned excursion to a more northern latitude has had me packing a few extra layers.  The full bloom of spring in France is lagging a little here.  Come with me if you like. Let's go on a little walk!

This is my favourite captured moment of the day.  A peaceful shadowed place.  The casual repose of the natural against the sharp shadowed lines of architectural structure and detail.

Cliveden,  Cari-Jane Hakes, 4 April 2011
Brick and Stone, Cliveden, Cari-Jane Hakes, 4 April 2011


The Water Tower, Cliveden, Cari-Jane Hakes, 4 April 2011
Cliveden House, South Facade, Cari-Jane Hakes, 4th April 2011
This is a place full of axis and symmetry.  The house, designed by Charles Barry (the architect responsible for the Houses of Parliament), sits high on a plinth presiding over a manicured garden stuffed with geometry.


But if you search, you find fragments of asymmetry and therein lies the soul of the place.  Where the mechanical perfection breaks down and a personality begins to shine through.  The armour drops and a fragility of balance can be enjoyed.  



Cliveden House, South Facade, Cari-Jane Hakes 4 April 2011