Perspective – Eclectic corner #12



Perspective means different ways of looking at things.  It’s also this week’s theme for Justine’s Eclectic Corner #12.

Way back in March 2014 Perspective was also the theme for the Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge.  I remember using these photos then and like them so much I’ve recycled them for this week’s post (I hope nobody minds a bit of recycling – but you may not have seen them before so they will seem new to you and it all fits in with my post!) Here’s the link to my original post about my visit to The Eden Project in Cornwall UK and my more fulsome Travel Blog entry is worth a read if you are interested.

This first photo is a picture of the shapes making up the biome. I like the way the shapes, (hexagons) are highlighted by cropping the photo and how different the photo is when looked at from this perspective.

Hexagon shapes

Hexagon shapes

This next photo is a zoomed out picture of the stairway up to the floating viewing platform, very close to the roof of the biome, with the hexagon shapes quite visible.  It’s basically a floating stairway into the sky and was quite scary.

Stairway to Heaven

Stairway to Heaven

This third photo is another view of the floating stairway showing a different perspective – in relation to the biome as a whole.

The hexagon shapes make up this dome

The hexagon shapes make up this biome

The Eden Project is an amazing place where huge biomes produce an environment totally unlike the surrounding area in Cornwall.  If you haven’t been there I suggest a visit. From the guide book – The Eden Project, is an educational charity and social enterprise, creates gardens, exhibitions, events, experiences and projects that explore how people can work together and with nature to change things for the better.  It is a 35 acre living laboratory, has 2 huge Biomes housing wild landscapes, crops and stories from the Rainforest and Mediterranean regions.

our first view of the Biomes

A view of the biomes

There is also an outdoor Biome with native plants from the UK climate. It’s not just about conservation but a demonstration showing that by working together and with nature, people can leave things better than they found them.

It is simply amazing when you think that all this has been built in the last 10 years from an exhausted, barren china clay pit and has been transformed into a place of such beauty. The education side of things is done really well, you don’t feel like you’re being preached at but you are learning things all the time.  Maths and shapes are big in their displays with the shape of the main building the ‘Core’ being described as a metaphor.  It’s based on the sunflower, which apparently isn’t a single flower but a collaborative project between hundreds of flowers which have united to create something better. I knew I always liked sunflowers but didn’t know why, now I do!

Inside the Rainforest Biome the average temperature is 25-30 degrees and there is a jungle, rainforest, waterfalls, crops, bananas plants and the huge lookout floating 50 metres up in the air.  My daughter & I were brave and climbed the equivalent of 11 flights of stairs in 35 degree heat with the whole thing moving constantly – it was very scary.  I hate suspension bridges & this was worse.  We loved the view from the top so it was worth it, but coming down the steps was far worse than going up (see photos above).

The Eden Project, an educational charity, connects us with each other and the living world. Our visitor destination in Cornwall, UK, is nestled in a huge crater. Here, massive Biomes housing the largest rainforest in captivity, stunning plants, exhibitions and stories serve as a backdrop to our Great Gardens, summer concerts and an exciting year-round family events programme. Source

I think the whole Eden Project also suits the perspective theme because it gives a different viewpoint on growing and sustainability in today’s world.

I hope you’ve enjoyed your trip today!

Deb 🙂

 

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8 comments

  1. Great perspective. I love that stairway going up to the top, the shape that it makes against the hexagons is very cool. I didn’t really know these existed!!

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  2. Now that is a great perspective, I love the way you have take us further and further away. I have always wanted to go there, it is on my to do list. It must be amazing to be so high up and see through with all the variations the hexagons must create. I will definitely get there one day and absolutely no problem in recycling a post we should all make use of past material. Thank you again for joining in Debs xxx

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