Last Week’s Shoot – The Stray, Harrogate

This shoot was actually the week before last and you may have seen a few images from it on my Instagram feed if you’re on there, but there was such a nice crop of cherry blossom on The Stray this year that I thought I’d share a few more images on the blog!

Path through Cherry Blossom in Spring on The Stray at Harrogate
Path through Cherry Blossom in Spring on The Stray at Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England

I’d gone after a couple of days of heavy rain so was a bit worried that I might have missed out on the spring display of blossom on the avenues of cherry trees across The Stray, but I needn’t have worried – there was a great crop of blossom and the rain had weighed a few branches down across the path which looked nice – as did the fallen petals by the path.

Cherry Blossom on The Stray with the spire of Trinity Methodist Church behind
Cherry Blossom on The Stray with the spire of Trinity Methodist Church behind

I’d gone on a sunny day as I wanted some blue sky shots on this visit – as I’d normally pick a still overcast day to get the best of the colour from the trees, but on this visit I wanted some more “picture postcard” type images.

Path through Cherry Blossom in Spring on The Stray
Path through Cherry Blossom in Spring on The Stray

However, I still preferred the more subtle tones in images taken when the sun popped behind clouds giving some diffused light for a moment (compare the feature image at the top with the one above).

Cherry Blossom in Spring on The Stray with the spire of Trinity Methodist Church in the distance
Cherry Blossom on The Stray with the spire of Trinity Methodist Church in the distance

You can see more of the images from the shoot in the North Yorkshire gallery on the website – along with a few from a spring visit to Jacob Smith Park in Knaresborough too – hopefully that’s a couple of images for my 2021 calendars sorted!

About marksunderland

Mark Sunderland is a landscape and travel photographer specialising in Yorkshire, England. He supplies licensed images, prints and calendars through marksunderland.com - the source for Images of Yorkshire - and also runs photography workshops in the Yorkshire Dales with Natural Light Workshops.

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