Snapshot Saturday: Structured elegance – unstructured lodgings


I was at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal.  And it was raining.  I stood beneath the shelter of the Temple of Piety, and enjoyed the gracious structured elegance of the Water Gardens.  Centre stage was Neptune, Roman god of the waters, and of the Moon Ponds over which he presides.

And then I noticed that amid this ordered beauty, a coot family had built a ramshackle and highly unstructured nest.  I think the gardens’ creators, John and William Aislabie would have enjoyed the water birds’ cheeky appropriation of this most peaceful of scenes.

Coot family on the Moon Pond.

My contribution to this week’s WordPress photo challenge: Structure.

Author: margaret21

I'm retired and living in North Yorkshire, where I walk as often as I can, write, volunteer, and travel as often as I can.

22 thoughts on “Snapshot Saturday: Structured elegance – unstructured lodgings”

  1. Lovely contrast between the formality of the garden structures and the coots’ nest. The nest looks a bit ramshackle but it seems to be effective in keeping its inhabitants high and dry!

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  2. I was going to comment beautiful despite the rain, but looking again I think probably the rain has brought an additional soft quality to the photos. Yes, definitely just beautiful.

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