American Girl in London: A Stroll Through St James’s Park (in closeups!)

On Wednesday I decided to take a walk through St. James’s Park. This time, I brought my macro lens, so these photos are going to be more like closeup versions of what you could find in the park. Plus, I used to be really into photography and I think this was also an attempt at getting back into the swing of things. πŸ™‚

People walking through St James's Park

Autumn Leaves
Yep, autumn is on its way!

Bee on a Flower

Bee on a Flower

A bird walking

Pigeons on a Sign Post

Pigeons on a sign post, with one looking at the camera

I thought these pigeons were hilarious. Apparently this signpost was the spot to hang out.

Buckingham Palace from St. James Park

A view of Buckingham Palace. Imagine having St James’s Park as your backyard O_O

Ashley in St James's Park with Buckingham Palace in the background

A pigeon on a stump overlooking the water

A colorful flower with petals extended

A closeup of a fly on a flower

A closer photo of a fly on a flower

I kept getting closer and closer and closer to this fly before finally scaring him off.

Orange and yellow flower

Pink flower petals

Pink and white flower petals against a green background

Red and white flowers against a grey background

A squirrel standing on a fence

A squirrel eating nuts

A stone drinking fountain statue opposite Queen Anne’s Gate

A duck swimming in a pond

A yellow flower against a blue background

Westminster Abbey

Ashley in front of Westminster Abbey
A shot of Westminster Abbey, a short walk from the park.

That’s it for today! I think I might use St James’s Park as my new running route. It’s kind of annoying because I have to take the tube to get there (I prefer just being able to get out of my apartment and go), but it’s a gorgeous area with good running paths.

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31 comments

  1. Great photos, such an interesting place to live πŸ™‚

    I also love photography, especially macro photography. My husband bought me a Canon 550D for my birthday – it is a lot of fun, but not as easy as some people make it look πŸ™‚

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    1. What an awesome present from your husband! πŸ˜€ Macro photography is my absolute favourite. I used to be really addicted to it, then hadn’t done it in a while, but now I think I’m getting back into it. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much! πŸ˜€

      To get that blur effect, you have to use a DSLR camera. It’s not really something you can achieve with a “point and shoot” camera or a phone camera, etc. You have to have a DSLR and the right lens. πŸ™‚

  2. Beautiful! I so miss London. πŸ™ I hope you enjoy the sights. Have you visited Kensington Gardens? I really liked this one pub, The Swan, which is across from the Italian Gardens. Also, be sure to just walk along both sides of the River Thames. Especially between the Tower Bridge and Parliament. Fun sights to see including the Eye, and if you like history, the Golden Hind. πŸ™‚

    1. I haven’t been to the Kensington Gardens yet, but that’s on my to-do list! πŸ™‚ They look gorgeous!

  3. I dig this so much. I’m a photographer at heart, and I’m always thinkin of photoblogs that I can put together like this. I love your choice of camera, too. (I have a Rebel T4i myself–Canon’s where it’s at. ;D) You should do more of these!

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    1. Thanks so much! πŸ˜€ I’m actually in the process of upgrading my camera because it’s quite old (still Canon though, of course!). I’m super excited!

  4. Wow…. that is so pretty! I would just love to live in a place such as Paris or London. Also, your eyes look insane in the buckingham palace picture lol xD Thank you so much for sharing this, I’ve always wanted to see what London looks like. And the pictures look amazing! May I ask what camera you used? Great post by the way, you should do more of these πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you! πŸ˜€

      For most of the pictures I used a Canon 450D and a 100mm f/2.8 macro lens. For all the photos of me and the one of the Westminster Abbey I just used my phone. πŸ™‚

  5. Love, love, love the photos. I think you’re just as good with photography as you are with coding. I’d love more pics like this when you blog about London. Someday, I will travel there, amongst other Euro and Mediterranean places. Barcelona and Italy are my top two places to visit, based on feedback from other people who have done the world traveler thing. xo

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