The Worlds Largest Greenhouse! Two domes where a tropical rain forest climate and a cooler Mediterranean climate can experience.
The Eden Project is situated a few miles from the town of St Austell, and has become one of the biggest attractions in Cornwall. It was built at the bottom of a disused clay pit in 2001 and I have only recently made the trip to visit it. What first grabs your attention is the two massive bio-domes. They come across as either some giant insects nest or a Bond Villains moon hide out. They certainly make great lomography subjects.
The first dome we visited has a tropical rainforest climate, and houses banana trees, pineapples, giant bamboo and all sorts of small birds and insects. The first thing I noticed was how quickly my cameras fogged up. My fisheye didn’t stand a chance but my trusty Holga pulled through just about. It didn’t stand a chance by the giant waterfall though. Due to the lens constantly fogging up it adds a nice dream like soft focus to your shots. I would suggest taking a lens cloth along anyway though.
My Girlfriend and I both felt like we had been on a little holiday after leaving the first Bio-dome after checking we didn’t have any stowaway butterflies and wiping the sweat off our brows.
The second Bio-dome has a much cooler Mediterranean climate. This meant no more fogging up and I could get my Fisheye out to play as well. Sadly we were a little too early in the season for a lot of the flowers to be coming into bloom but we did get to see a lot of Daffodils! Also lots of olives and strange giant lemons…
As well as plants and flowers the Eden Project also features a lot of sculptures and art work. A favorite of mine was the giant robot made from old bits and bobs.
The hexagonal domes are great structures to shoot from both inside and out, and slide film would really come alive on a bright sunny day. And as a bonus if you give your entrance fee as a ‘gift’ you can visit again for free as many times in a year as you like! Now the weather is brightening up I can’t wait to visit again and shoot some more of the outside areas as well as re-visiting the Bio-domes. Perhaps with my Fisheye in a submarine this time though…