Right where were we?
Oh yah! Driving out of the Lion enclosure and onward to Longleat House. (Not sure what I’m talking about? Click HERE.)
Again…prepare for a loooooooooooooooong old post, I was fast a loose when it came to taking pictures thanks to having a brand new digital SLR camera in hand. So this post has a lot of them. Like LOADS. Probably-more-than-it-needs-Loads.
It was early afternoon by the time we made it out of the Safari drive through (so much better than a McDonald’s drive through) but the light was still utterly beautiful and the sky that same brilliant blue. I snapped away on my new Pentax KS1 and reckon I got some pretty good shots…for someone who has no idea what they’re doing that is?
The grounds around Longleat House were festooned with hundreds of light installations, in fact it was the largest display of Chinese Lanterns in Europe. We wandered around taking in the beauty of it all…
A new photographers dream you might agree? Literally everywhere you turned there was something worth snapping!
This stupendous Dragon (below) was made entirely out of china plates!
We carried on walking and quickly came across the market stalls selling Chinese trinkets…
And I managed to work out the setting on my camera that focuses on one thing in the foreground and blurs everything else in the background…which I think makes me look like a totes profesh photographer and real life, bona fide blogger too, agreed?
Further round the corner we discovered the Secret Garden.
And some BYOOOTIFUL blooms.
Moving on from the secret garden we accidentally stumbled back into the Lion’s Den!
Although this pride seemed a lot less scary…and bite-y…
In fact they were so friendly that all the other animals were hanging out with them, from the Antelope…
To the peacocks…
And the Zebras.
We made our way up to the entrance of the main house but were stopped by this little guy who wanted to show us his big red chest!
And I used my new mad photography skillz to zoom in on him and take some awesome pictures…
Anyway, we headed into Longleat House and were delighted to be welcomed by the most enormous and festive looking Christmas tree ever…I was a tad gutted that Christmas was pretty much over and done with as it really put me back in the mood!
In fact the whole place was gloriously Chritmassy and each room told a fairytale story.
I’m sure this would be a magical place to take children for a snoop! Although my sister and I are in our erm,
early 20s and we loved it.
After looking round the house we headed back into the grounds and my sister stopped for a sit down with this guy…
Before we went in search of more animals!
We spotted a Red Panda just being a dude…
Before heading in to see the Penguins!!!
Then we went and stroked some Stingray.
The water was fuuuurrreeeehhhzzzeeeeng. So we decided to pop into warmer climes at the Butterfly House.
Where I cemented my future career as an awesome picture takerer…
Oh it’s meeee.
Through the plastic door hangers we found ourselves in a little petting zoo type room. I wandered around eagerly to see what I could cuddle up to and then nearly peed my pants in horror when I realised all the children were queuing up to meet this feller…
WHAT THE ACTUAL. JESUS CHRIST, MARY & JOSEPH. WHAT IS WRONG WITH KIDS THESE DAYS.
Literally NO FEAR. None. Nada. Meanwhile I was going into panic mode. Where’s a brown paper bag when you need one? Or a flame-thrower?
Fair to say I did NOT join the queue and instead hurried out of the room past this guy…
…to the safety of the gift shop. Where we found these beauties!
And then it was finally time to head home for all the cheese and wine and Prosecco and bread and chocolate and everything yummy and delicious you could ever imagine.
Sadly, had we stayed…oh, I don’t know…10 minutes longer, we could have seen the Chinese Lanterns/Light Installations in action which I’m sure was just magical. Damn our impatient-ness for cheese and wine. If you are curious what the ‘Festival of Lights’ looked like, check out the videos HERE on Longleat’s YouTube channel.
Regardless, we had a wonderful day at Longleat Safari Park and House…if you’re in the area you should definitely pop in! Winter or Summer, kids or not there’s so much to see and enjoy.
As for the new camera, well it’s not as straight forward to use as I’d hoped but I already feel like I’m getting much better pictures than I do on my stinky old Samsung phone. So I’m excited to keep snapping away and hopefully make this blog a bit better on the image front (because the writing is already top notch, of course). Here’s to a photogenic new year.
Thanks for reading!