The River Thames From its Source to London in Glorious Colour (Photos)

© Quintin Lake Thames Waters I 1/2 Mile downstream, Thames Head

TreeHugger has been having a celebration of photography lately with the Photo of the Day and Favorite Nature Spots of the TreeHugger Team.

Here's another addition to the gallery: a series of idyllic views of the River Thames in England--as it flows from its source to where it reaches the Houses of Parliament in London.

© Quintin Lake Thames Waters IV 5 Miles downstream, near Ashton Keynes

Called Sweet Thames, run softly till I end my song, the photographer Quintin Lake walked for 10 days from the river's source.

© Quintin Lake Thames Waters VII 85 Miles downstream, near Goring

It was a 170 mile hike, backpacking and wild camping where possible along the Thames Path, starting near the river's tiny source, in Kemble in Gloucestershire.

© Quintin Lake Thames Waters IX 99 Miles downstream, near Sonning

The path is a lovely mix of forest and wild fields, interspersed with stretches of small cottages, public parks, historic buildings and even a supermarket. Quintin Lake has chosen to focus on the light and texture of the water in his green and flowing photos, rather than the landmarks, such as Hampton Court, along the way.

© Quintin Lake Thames Waters XV 158 Miles downstream, near Richmond, London

Lake is an architect turned photographer so he has a special way of looking at the world. You can see this is in the way he uses diagonals and vertical lines in his photos. Limited edition prints are available for sale, if you are tempted.

© Quintin Lake Thames Waters XVIII 169 Miles downstream, Houses of Parliament, London

The title of the show, Sweet Thames, run softly till I end my song, comes from The Wasteland, a poem by t.s. eliot:

Sweet Thames, run softly till I end my song,
Sweet Thames, run softly, for I spaek not loud or long.

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