Posted on May 26, 2020
At the moment here in England COVID-19 lockdown restrictions have been eased slightly. Allowing us to travel a little further to exercise, as long as we all continue to social distance. So yesterday was the first time since lockdown began in the UK (23rd March 2020) that we have ventured further than our local parks for a walk and take in some fresh air.
As I had already booked the Bank-Holiday Monday as annual leave we decided to visit Damflask Reservoir, which is situated in the Loxely valley of Sheffield. Unlike most bank holidays we were treated to great weather (the world clearly has gone mad lol). We definitely managed to get some exercise. I think was the furthest that we have walked in one outing during lockdown so far.
Damflask is another one of these places that is practically on our doorstep that neither my wife or I have visited before. Definitely worth a return visit at some time in the future.
Considering the current social distancing and the hot weather that we had yesterday the reservoir and surrounding woods wasn’t overly busy. People were definitely doing their best to social distance unlike further down south if we are to believe the stories reported in the news.
Posted on May 22, 2020
Taken last month during one of our lockdown walks here are some more shots of my favourite woodland squirrel. This little fellow sat for quite some time allowing me to get as close as I dared without scaring him off. He quite happily sat within touching distance for at least 20mins if not longer watching me take photos of him.
Squirrels are one of my woodland wildlife favourites, though usually they prove quite difficult to photography as they can be quite elusive. Lockdown seems to have tamed them of late, we have also been lucky enough to have a squirrel visit our back garden semi-regularly. Our quieter parks and streets are becoming more inviting to our native wildlife. I hope that nature and our native wildlife will continue to encroach in to our lives after lockdown, sadly I fear that this may not be the case. It has been lovely to witness first-hand some of the wildlife around us up close.
Posted on May 22, 2020
As a photographer who blogs to share my work (I guess that means I’m a photo blogger). The one thing that I always struggle with when publishing to my photography blog is knowing what to write. I use my website / blog as more of a portfolio of my work than an actual blog. I am sure there are no right or wrong answers to photo blogging or blogging in general for that matter. Though I always feel when I post a selection of my photography work that I should write some sort of blurb or story to go with it. Writing does not come naturally to me, which I guess is a bit odd concept for a blogger. This is partly why I started the “Behind The Lens” thread to my website, to take me out of my comfort zone from time to time to share my thoughts.
From a readers view point I enjoy photographer’s blogs more when there is more photographic content as I can enjoy their work. This is not to say that I do not enjoy or appreciate when other photographers share their tips & experiences as it helps us all learn & become better at our art.
From reading other blogs & websites by photographers I have seen various photographers blog in various different styles. Maybe your blogging style as a photographer is determined by your style of photography? This is another challenge that I have. As I find it hard to define myself to one particular style of photography (this is a story for another post), in short I photograph what I like & what captures my eye or imagination at that moment in time.
I think sometimes I fall in to the trap of comparing myself, my work, & my website to other photographers that I follow. Then judge myself & my work harshly. The over critical tendencies of a creative mind.
Posted on April 25, 2020
Going out for our daily walks for exercise is giving us plenty of opportunities to enjoy nature and capture little glimpses of our wildlife along the way. This little fellow sat for ages as we watched & took photo of him during our walk the other day. In fact we gave up first and continued with our stroll as he remained sunbathing on his branch that he was clearly very comfortable on.
I have more photos of him or at least another of his friends, which I am saving for another post. Where again he posed for us for at least 20mins straight. The next series of photos we got even closer to this friendly little fellow.
It’s very rare that the squirrels are this tame here, especially since we had no food to offer them. Usually it’s a quick glimpse from a distance. Not sure if it’s because of less people milling around due to social distancing or the warm weather. It’s probably a mix of both. We have been lucky enough to spot a few of them now on our various walks, even have one that visits our own garden. Although is proving more elusive.
Until my next post… #StaySafe everyone.
Posted on April 16, 2020
During these times of lockdown that the UK finds itself in at present due to COVID-19. As we are all self-isolating at home and self-distancing when we do have to go out, it is even more important to take a moment to enjoy the natural world around us.
Following Government Social Distancing guidelines we are currently allowed to go out for daily exercise. So we are going out for walks as part of our daily exercise outings. During these exercise outings we are trying to make the most of our walks to take a moment to connect with nature. As Spring is upon us, and It can’t be officially British Springtime until the daffodils are in full bloom. The park opposite us is always a wash with daffodils at this time of year. So during one of our recent walks I took a moment to capture these beautiful signs of Spring.
We all can take the world around us for granted from time to time, its time to take a moment and enjoy our world and mother nature.