I've moved on...
...to a different domain. Why, what were you thinking? The truth is, I just woke up one day and decided it's time for a change—a metamorphosis, if you will; or, in layman's terms, if Britney can shave her head, then maybe so can I? Nevertheless, it's been a rather handsome 10 years of talking to you, and thank you for putting up with all my moodswings and terrible dad jokes. Fear not! The hormonal imbalance and jokes are more terrible on CUBICLE, see you there.

Kew Gardens

By the time the boy and I got to Kew Gardens last Sunday morning we were so hungry that every other question we found ourselves asking our guide was Is this one edible? Then we noticed ducks and we ran for it. I always knew carrying around a pack of HP sauce was good for something, yum. No, we almost did ‘the lawnmower’ but miraculously the tour ended right next to the Orangery so we cooked the duck there. What a magical place, like hopping from one continent to another! It’s truly amazing to see how plants adapt to the climate and geography, and even more fascinating to see how the engineers there maintain thousands of species in England’s capricious weather. I guess that was extra fascinating for me because I’ve never managed to keep a plant alive for more than a week, even a damn cactus, which you basically ignore. (Too much love I suppose <3) Anyway, in Kew you can’t help but marvel at how creative God is… well I can’t, dunno about you. So sorry for putting this together into a fat kid, there’s a little more to come and I just didn’t want the blog to end up looking too shrubby if that’s even a word.

Note: Topless girl in paisley is not me. You wish.

Thank you Frida of 247 Social for arranging the visit!

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  1. nature at its finest. beautiful pictures!


  2. I love the picture of the, what is it, strawberries?, in the Winter Garden section…

  3. pahaha i totally just saw that girl and thought….oh wow shini has bare shoulders?!? You’re funny :D

  4. wow. these are absolutely amazing… every single shot is beautiful! great post (:

  5. I know right??!! Apparently i drowned my cactus….DROWNED it. How the eff do you do that, you ask?! It is possible.

  6. These photos are absolutely stunning. For a naive amateur like me, to take pictures of a stunning place feels like I’m cheating it of its beauty and the results are never as great as the real thing (of course). But I think your photos look damn well close, because I’m totally in awe. I know my mom, the true green thumb, will especially love this place. I admire plants, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be woefully not good at taking care of them. D:

  7. Shini, these pictures are glorious! Wow, I can’t tear my eyes away.

    I hear you about the lack of green thumb… I can keep orchids alive, BUT they never flower, and my cacti end up drying out (I mean, aren’t they supposed to be from the desert! There’s no water there!). But I digress… now back to swooning over your photos…


  8. Wow, never knew something non edible could look this good. Thanks for the grand tour, pics are super wow.. as always…

  9. Kew Gardens is so remarkable. I love how you captured the details in each plant, whether simple or complex, such as the insect feeding or the roots. The diversity truly makes you reminisce of how things are that much greater than our humanity. And on a lighter note, your comment about the girl in paisley made me laugh.

    ♥, Jamie

  10. LoL ! I think it’s an asian thing to carry sauces in their bags. My sister carries packets of chilies in her bag. Awesome photos by the way! 

  11. The photos look amazing…I love botanical gardens and their glasshouses.

  12. Haley

    wonderful wonderful wonderful;; love these extra long posts. Park and Cube is one of the few blogs I check very regularly, and for good reason.

  13. These photo’s are seriously beautiful. I happened to be looking at this post with my Mum and we just looked at them in awe/silence together. So pretty. And your post made me laugh out loud! Overall, one of my favorites, even if we didn’t get to see your pretty face :)

  14. lovely pictures, i’m hungry too :-D

  15. Your new lens are really superb! These are absolutely gorgeous and I am so in love with them :) The gardens are so beautiful it’s now on my list of things to see when I am in the UK! Def puts the park in park & cube – hee bad pun.

  16. breathtaking. wish i were there…

  17. Your post about is, as well as Carrie from Wish Wish Wish’s recent post about it, has made me decide that Kew gardens is definitely a place I will be heading to visit very soon!

  18. Your photographs are always so beautiful and your text cracks me up as if it was the musing of your mind spoken to me. Such a British style of humour!

  19. gorgeous photos


  20. aah these photos are so lovely, Kew is a special place, and quite the blogger hang-out these days (I went recently, and I saw Carrie from Wish Wish Wish did too!) x

  21. omg, this is so awesome, yesterday i was in palm house in łódź, but there is nothing to compare these two places. You make me by this note, so interested of kew gardens. (sorry for my english!)

  22. Beautiful pictures!! I love your camera….


  23. wow, amazing shots! I love the one of the plants and the bee.
    can I ask what lens did you use?


  24. Thank you! I use Canon 50mm f1.2 :)

  25. how absolutely gorgeous. i love these photographs, so eclectic and such a beautiful setting. thanks for sharing.
    xx, http://wordbyjessie.com/

  26. It such a great experience. I love all of the pictures that you take, so pretty!!

  27. Absolutely beautiful! I think I may have to visit the brooklyn botanical gardens as a result of this overweight post!

  28. perfect photos, I think you’re amazing photographer. You’re so talented, I adore you!

    I’m also your new follower – I’m really glad that I found your blog

    with love,
    I have big GIVEAWAY -your participation in it is very important for me!http://chocarome.blogspot.com/

  29. esther

    wonderful photos

  30. Wow. So pretty. I need to go!

  31. oohh. i like these photos very much. they show the beauty of nature. thumbs up. you really have a talent.

  32. Wow you have made me miss Kew -beautiful pictures!

    I worked there for a year so really got to get to know all the different parts, it is so varied. I would recommend going in early spring when the tropical extravaganza is on, the Princess of Wales glasshouse gets absolutely filled with orchids, it is amazing!

  33. And have you seen this http://citizencouture.com/2011/08/miscellaneous-aug2011/ ? :)

  34. Ces photos sont incroyables, un vrai talent.


  35. hahaha you so funny~ you really ate the duck you chased down?
    LOVELY photos! looks magical~
    xoxo Diana

  36. Amanita

    Unas fotos preciosas!!!. XOXO.


  37. Wow, your blog is really inspiring! Where do you find all of this beautiful places? Like the cat cafe for example, and this place? :)

  38. kim

    just quietly, i really really enjoy your blog <3

  39. Amazing pictures! I want to go there now :)
    My last post is about what you can do in London… (http://goldielondon.blogspot.com/2011/08/summer-in-city.html#comments) Any cool idea?

  40. Perfect place :) I wish to be there! Kisses!

  41. These photos are incredible! Love them

  42. helen

    Wow, what beautiful photos!

  43. I know you warned us about this post but you’re killing me. all these beautiful photos. I….I’m dying.

  44. impressive pictures!
    Nature is gorgeous!

  45. These are outstanding pictures… love them! (Apparently all ducks in England belong to the Queen? And if you eat, let alone kill, them you could be in serious trouble!)

  46. i love these photographs! it’s nice that you step away from just taking pictures of fashion. both are fab!

  47. I need a green house now, LOVE



  48. GORGEOUSNESS! I love it! XO Rebecca


  49. it looks sooo pretty & peaceful :) Hope you’re staying safe down in London, Shin!

  50. Wow, the images on your blog are so beautiful – so very summery and capturing the very essence of the mood of the season – very refreshing x

    Love Fashion>?
    Come and check out my shoe design blogspot also? I recently put up a slideshow video of my images on youtube which i think you will like – take care x


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  52. Gorgeous pics. I’m quite ashamed to say that during my 5 years of London living I never made it to Kew. It’s on the visit list for weekend trips though. xx

  53. Beautifull pics !

  54. Amazing pixs, blog and style , i loveeeeeeeee really :-)

  55. wouaaaah this is so lovely I must go there !!! looks amazing !! your pictures are so good !!

  56. So beautiful views! I am really longing for such life!

  57. Love love love the pictures. Beautiful colours

  58. love this photo set, its been years since i visited kew gardens….what camera are you using?


  59. Beautiful flowers. ^ ^

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  61. WOW!!!!! these pictures are so great, truly amazing!!


  62. lola

    My dear.. what kind of phone do you have? I am getting terribly sick of my iphone4 and yours look spectacular.


  63. thank you for this small piece of summer in my life :) Those pohotos are amazing.

  64. Shini,

    Lovely photos!! Kew Gardens is one of my all time favorite places in London! It is really a wonderland of plants. Will be in London for a couple of days in September but not sure we’ll have time to squeeze it in.

    peace & love from SF

  65. Love this post! My boyfriend and I were there about three weeks ago and it was magical! I think I found my new ‘happy place’ in London :) I did a little post on it too, but unlike me you really have captured the place so well in your photos, feel like I’m there again *swoon*.


  66. Great photos, very inspiting!

    Thanks for that


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