Sheffield Park Garden

Sheffield Park © 2011 Mufidah Kassalias

It’s been a gorgeous day here in Sussex. Although the temperatures have dropped considerably since our Indian summer which ended just last weekend, the combination of clear skies and lack of wind resulted in a gloriously warm and sunny day. Seizing the opportunity we headed off to nearby Sheffield Park, cameras in hand. This is a classic shot looking over Ten Foot Pond towards Sheffield Park House. It’s a curious name for a pond since it’s clearly much larger than ten feet — in either direction! I also shot a couple of images that are pure reflection, inverted, which I’ll post next. In the meantime, do take a look at my Reflections series, which will give you an idea of what to expect.

Mufidah Kassalias

Mufidah Kassalias is a writer, photographer and slow traveller. A digital nomad, she’s also co-founder of Creative Thunder, helping creative individuals and small businesses to fire up their online presence and prowess. To get a free copy of the inspiring Creative Thunder Manifesto, click here.

10 responses

  1. So beautiful. The leaves color is changing. Still hot in New Mexico, but we have beautiful red and yellow trees in the town. Thanks for sharing! :)

  2. I laughed at your comment about this being a pond, Mufidah. Here in Santa Fe, New Mexico, what they call the Santa Fe River is most often dry, and really never more than a small stream. :) It always makes me chuckle (and then feel a bit sad) when I think about it.

    I really like this photo. The distance between the water and the house is nice, and then my eye just gets driven about looking at the water, the house and the trees. Very nicely done.

  3. A friend of mine suggested that it might be named Ten Foot Pond because it’s 10 feet deep, which, when you think about it, actually makes sense. Nevertheless it still seems that there’s too much water for it to be considered a lake. The Santa Fe River sounds like a sad tale. Hopefully it flows occasionally, such as in the winter months. Here in Lewes there is a small river/stream flowing through the town called the Winterbourne, named such because it fires up completely in the summer and flows fast and furious during the winter. Happy you like the picture. About to head over to your blog now to catch up as I’ve been really busy for the past couple of days, only getting tiny slots of time to post and reply to comments.

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    • Thanks, Fiona. Yes, Sheffield Park is a beautiful place. I’ve only been a couple of times — once many years ago and then in the autumn of 2011 when I took this photograph. One day perhaps I’ll revisit, but as we’re now slow travelling and no longer living in Sussex, it might be a while. :-)

  6. This is such a great photo, I am doing some school work, which is basically taking some photos and changing them slightly using photoshop, would you have any problems with me using this photo? I do not want to get into any copyright laws, which is another thing we have had to research, so I thought it would be best to ask. x

    • Hello Layla,

      I replied to your comment via email on the same day, but I have a feeling you may not have received my email, so …

      First of all, thank you for taking the time to ask about the possibility of using my Sheffield Park Garden photograph in your school project, and for your interest in my work. I’d be happy for you to use the photograph, as long as you include clear attribution in the project (wherever that might be appropriately placed, such as beneath the photograph, at the bottom of the page, or at the end of the project).

      Attribution as follows: Sheffield Park Garden © 2011 Mufidah Kassalias —

      I’m intrigued by the project and would love to see the end result, learn about which editing tools you use, etc. And is this a GCSE or A Level project?

      If you need the photograph to be larger than the one on my website, do let me know. You can email me at:

      Looking forward to hearing from you, Mufidah :-)