Last weekend, Frank and I decided to take a little walk along the Thames Path – the route that runs 184 miles along the entire length of the river, starting in the Cotswolds and ending at the Thames Barrier in Charlton.
As usual I had my camera in tow, only this time flicked to an entirely different setting. When I bought my camera last year I specifically chose a model that had an in-built video camera, and have been itching to use it ever since. Unfortunately, lacking the confidence and time to film and edit a video, I stalled for months until I finally challenged myself to give it a whirl last weekend.
Here’s the little YouTube video I made from our walk. I hope you enjoy it!
Working in a Brand Marketing team, we’re pretty keen on video, but I’ve never taken the plunge myself. However I can safely say I’m now firmly addicted to the process: filming the footage, editing it, setting music and seeing it all come together. It was so much fun and I’m already plotting new projects to film in the near future! If you like my little video I’d be so happy if you like or subscribe to my YouTube channel. I definitely need to work on feeling more comfortable in front of the camera in future!
Now I couldn’t go the whole walk without taking a few snaps on my SLR, so here’s a little run-down of what we did and saw along the way. We started out at Richmond Lock, which was bustling with people clutching ice-creams and pushing prams while on their afternoon walks.
One of the things I love most about the river is the array of beautiful old bridges that reach like giant yawns from one bank to the other.
Heading away from Richmond along the path, we soon escaped the hustle and bustle and were submerged by nature, with huge tree canopies folding over our heads.
Evidence of the impending Autumn was all around us: ripening acorns, barrages of blackberries and golden leaves dropping onto the path.
Meanwhile bees busied themselves gathering the last of the pollen, while butterflies flitted amid the drooping petals.
This is one of my favourite photos of the day. The reflection of the branches on the water was so clear it looked like it could be the same tree. The leaves hung tantalisingly close to the water, giving off a vibrancy that was magical.
We stumbled across old bridges, squelchy mud, swampy ponds of water and all manner of birds, beasts and insects hissing in the grass.
Across the river, a house that was once occupied by the artist Turner shone pink and proud in the distance.
The river widened, revealing high-rise buildings in the distance, while birds squawked and bickered on the water.
This old brewery building was huge and imposing on the riverbank.
We stopped off at the Ship, a very disappointing pub (I was hoping for local ciders and fresh flowers but instead I got Sky Sports and Stella). We entertained ourselves with a game of Connect 4 (Frank beat me 3 times).
After walking a bit further, feeling very tired and content, we got the train back to civilisation and peaked at our photos on the train.
As you can imagine, the evening was spent collapsed in a heap after our capital adventure. I slept for England that night, feeling utterly refreshed. I can’t wait to go back and try another route along the path!