On both sides of the main entrance’s walkway to The Cottage, were these huge planters designed as vases. As with all the other greenery, the flowing plants (I haven’t a clue what they were so don’t even THINK about asking me), were so immaculate they could have been indoor flora. But the planters themselves were stunning in their depictions of methodological scenes, again none of which I had the slightest knowledge of nor care about. It was the really nice nudes that caught my eye. Yeah, I’m male so sue me. And the really interesting part is that I didn’t have to visually block out any portions of the scene because male anatomy is almost never depicted whereas women and unable to cover all their interesting bits no matter what they do with their hands, feet, head, or any combination of them all. Here a topless female in the arms of a guy who looks like he’s either part ram or swimming. Here a backside of a woman looking over her shoulder at me. Elsewhere…. Well, you get the idea. The planters were about 3 feet tall and atop brick pillars that marked the open end of brick walls surrounding the cottage.
There are two odd things about this shot. First, I was so captivated by the masterful artistry (OK, fine. But I WAS captivated, OK?) that I didn’t notice my guide in the frame. I usually look all over the flippin’ shot to make sure I know ALL of what I shooting but I must have been distracted by a bee or a horse or a mastodon and missed her sitting there eating a fruit. I had to nuke her out with Corel or risk her wrath: not telling me what colours I’m shooting that I can’t see being colourblind. Second, I fought the white balance on these shots like crazy. The D80 was telling me that I was shooting a “clean” white but everything had a yellowish cast. Turns out the planters have a yellowish cast that I didn’t know was there. Damn.
Even looking at the larger image of this shot, I think you’ll be cheated out of the detail so I’ll post a special (meaningless) close-up so someone can tell me/us the story behind the characters.