Those in Glass Houses - Chihuly at Kew Gardens.

I've always been partial to art on a grand scale.

Sure, I've been nose to enigmatic nose with the Mona Lisa, but frankly, the old dear is a little unpreposing in the flesh as she's a bit on the small side.

So if you're getting some really interesting art of a reasonable size and putting it in an accessible - and beautiful - space, then colour me interested.

Our interest was certainly piqued enough to have an Easter holiday visit to The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, in London's fashionable and posh Richmond area where the work of Dale Chihuly was being exhibited dotted around the site.

We've been to Kew Garden's on many occasions in the past, but the art on show added just another reason to enjoy the spring sunshine especially as Chihuly's glasswork is hugely photogenic.

It's been a couple of years since our last visit to the gardens, at which point the Temperate House was closed for refurbishment, but now reopened it really is the most fantastic space - especially with added artwork - and the view of it from the Treetop Walkway is splendid.

On the Treetop Walkway

On the Treetop Walkway

My own personal favourite - The Hive - with its glowing lights, musical bee driven background was still there and still as photo-friendly as ever. Would love to go there in the dark at some point.

Easter is an excellent time to visit Kew. All the flowers are just starting to bloom and it's not so stonkingly hot that you've had enough from walking around after a couple of hours so you can cover quite a bit of the sight on one visit.

We spent about 4 hours there and covered off all the main artworks, the Treetop Walkway, Temperate House, Hive, Conservatory and Rock Garden, plus a general bit of ambling and a standard sandwich in the rather grandiously named 'Food Village' in that time.

It's certainly - from a photographic POV - worth a visit while the Chihuly exhibition is on, but be warned some of the artwork is cordoned off (snip one Toggle point!) so you can't get too close in. Although this is a pain, it looked like some of the glass was a bit sharp and un-child friendly (and expensive!) so I'm imagining some health and safety at play.

All in all, a great day of art and glass (plus tonnes of cherry blossom), so if you're partial to any of that then get down to Richmond.

Chihuly: Reflections on nature is on between 13th April to 27th October 2019 and is included with entry to Kew Gardens.

Tech corner:

Sony A7Rii with Zeiss and Sony lens (25mm, 35mm, 55mm, 85mm) and Voigtlander 40mm f1.2