The Queenswood Country Park and Arboretum covers a large area compromising of a 67 acre arboretum containing over 1,200 rare and exotic trees from all over the world and a 103 acre area of semi-natural ancient woodland. The planting of the trees started in 1953 to mark the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Now there is a collection of Californian Redwood trees that can grow to over 100 meters tall and a collection of Japanese Maples that present a fantastic show of colour through the autumn.
The park has recently had installed a sculpture trail depicting animals you might find in each sort of woodland. Each piece was carved by a local sculptor from a variety of locally-sourced wood. Here you can see an Eagle Owl watching for its next meal, created by Steve Elsby. A beautiful piece of art to find just sitting in between the trees.
Taken with a Nikon D300 and a Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G fisheye lens. Mounted on a Nodal Ninja 5 panoramic head and R-D16 rotator atop a Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod. 5 bracketed shots (-2 -1 0 +1 +2) taken at 6 positions 60° apart, tilted 15° down and another set of shots taken looking straight up. Raw files then processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.6 before being blended into single views, then stitched together using PTGui Pro 9.1.2 and converted using Pano2VR 3.1.2.
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