Lockdown Nature

I was asked recently what Wildlife Photography meant to me. As I have spent a few months in lockdown and shielding ( having more Autoimmune diseases than you can count on one hand!) during this awful pandemic, I have had time to reflect. So here goes….. My Passion for Wildlife and Nature PhotographyTo me the…

October 6th is National Badger Day

National Badger Day is a campaign to promote the awareness and protection of this beautiful mammal. The European Badger ((Meles Meles) is one of our most iconic species. It is a member of the Mustelid family, and is related to Otters, Weasels and Stoats. The Badgers vital statistics are Length: 75-100cmTail: 15cmWeight: 8-12kg Average lifespan:…

Hare today, gone tomorrow…

Mythology and Folklore The wonderful Hare is steeped within an abundance of fascinating Mythology and Folklore. In Greco-Roman myth, the Hare is symbolic of romantic love, abundance, sexuality, rebirth and fertility. Thank heavens for the Ancient Romans for bringing the wonderful Hare to our shores. The Hare figures prominently in Mythology and Folklore as being…

The Kestrel – Windhover

Common Kestrel – Falco tinnunculus. I am so lucky to see a variety of these wonderful little falcons. I have a resident Kes that perches outside my bedroom window. He basks in the sun with his feathers plumped and waits patiently for his morning snack to appear. He is always checking and peering around for…

My Kind of Heaven…

The stunning sapphire spark of the swallow, as it rolls and dives above me in the azure cloudless sky. The sweet melodic notes and chords of the eternal bird song, echoing endlessly across the eternal emerald grasslands. I breathe in and exhale, close my eyes and smell the aromatic fragrance of the dancing meadow flowers….

April – The Time to Experience Fairy Thimbles

Ancient woodland treasures Bees, butterflies and other insects feed on the nectar of the ancient Bluebell. These wonderful  purple flowers provide an excellent source of nectar. Bees can ‘steal’ the nectar from the Bluebell flowers, by biting a hole in the bottom of the bell and reaching the nectar without actually pollinating the flower. Folklore…

My Fox Guardian

Sadness enveloped me like a shroud, when I saw in the distance, the lifeless body of my beautiful Fox Guardian, his  amber magnificence snuffed out, tragically, by the clip of  an absent-minded driver. I suppose you are thinking, why is this fox so special? All foxes are precious to me, but my Fox Guardian was…

Foxcology

The Celts believed the magical Red Fox to be a guide, and it was honoured for its wisdom. The Celts also thought that the fox had the intelligence to  know the woodlands and countryside intimately. They also believed that the fox had the ability to become one with its surroundings. The Celts would rely upon the fox as their guide into the…

Tales from the River Bank

Walking by the river bank on a sunny day watching the world go by, is my favourite pastime. Camera in my hand , it allows my mind to meander. Butterflies flit and dip along the wild flowers, and blue damsel flies bask in the warmth of the sun. Little ducklings swim close to Mum, and quack…

A Sea of Bluebells – Fairy Flowers

The bluebell, with its sweet, ever so charming scent, can beguile and enchant the most fleeting gossamer-winged fairy. Folklore tales would have us believe that by wearing a wreath made of bluebell flowers, the wearer would be compelled to speak only the truth. Bluebell woods were thought to be enchanted: if your walked through one you…

Early Fen Morning

Waking up early, to find the miasmic mist creeping slowly along the ground just outside my bedroom window. Seeing the frozen ice crystals that chase and seek out the patterns of every intricate leaf vein. The sentient owl, whose call resounds in the nearby tree. The haunting sound of a  herd of cattle bellowing in the distance, eerily reverberating across the dark…

After All Hallows’ Eve

After All Hallows’ Eve comes the onset of early darkness, and the biting cold of endless Winter nights. Prickly holly bushes gleam with a myriad of shimmering frosty  leaves. Gossamer spider webs glisten and sparkle in the shadowy moonlight, enhancing the intricate strands of thread that dance and gleam  against the star-peppered sky. The midnight ice slowly creeps across the land, smothering its frozen surface with a…