Wild June

Throughout June I have been taking part in The Wildlife Trusts annual “30 Days Wild” challenge, which I have modified slightly from taking part in something wildlife/nature related to a wildlife/nature photo challenge. The concept has been the same I have been able to enjoy the nature and wildlife around me.

As I predicted, I find committing to daily challenges, well, quite frankly, a challenge! I managed to see the challenge through until the end of June even if I may not have shared photos every day. The extra spare time of being in lockdown has definitely helped, allowing me more time to spend connecting with nature. While abiding by our lockdown guidelines obviously. I have enjoyed connecting with nature more through my photography and I am sure that to some extent it has helped me survive lockdown.

Because I can’t just take one photo when I’m on a photo expedition most of my daily photos are part of a larger series of photos that I have taken on that day, which I have not shared the additional shots as part of this challenge. I shall share these as future portfolio posts.

Blossom Pastels

As we can all testify to by now this year has been a weird and uncertain year to date. We now find ourselves 11 weeks in to the COVID-19 Lockdown here in the UK. One of the few things that has kept me sane during these uncertain times (and I’m sure that the same can be said by many others) is being able to go outside for daily exercise.

One of our many daily walks in early Spring would be too take in the fresh air while enjoying the blossom on the trees. I have been meaning to post these shots for awhile now, but I haven’t got round to sharing them until now. The gentle shade of the Spring sky against the soft blossoms were like a pastel watercolour.

Lockdown has definitely taught me to appreciate nature more and enjoy the natural world around us more whenever we have the chance.

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A Snail’s Pace

A #30DaysWild themed post. So wildlife photography isn’t always about photographing birds, squirrels, and other bigger creatures. Sometimes you have to slow things down to a snails pace (see what I did there? Sorry but not sorry, lol) and get low down to see the smaller creatures that we share our beautiful planet with.

Snails was my muse of choice for day 3 (3rd June) of my 30 Days Wild photo challenge. The weather had been miserable as it had rained most of the day and was much cold than we’ve been used to the last few weeks. So I wasn’t motivated to go much further than our garden in search of nature. The rain had brought all the snails to life. I know most people aren’t a fan of snails (especially if your a gardener), but all animals and insects etc serve a purpose. Like people we should all learn to get along and live side by side. I hadn’t realised that snails are a fan of bird seed or at least this little fellow is. The bird seed that we’d left on our garden wall had clearly attracted him away from our flowers. There was also another perched on our bird table, I’m sure that’s a risky venture when your a snail and he’s bound to be a birds next meal. The circle of life.

The Bee & The Thistle

Today is day one of The Wildlife Trusts annual nature challenge: 30DaysWild. Where for the month of June they encourage everyone to do one thing for your health, wellbeing, & the planet.

I know that I said that I wouldn’t publish my submissions as daily blog post. Well today is the first day and everyone is always super motivated on the first day of a new project. As predicted I took more than one photo. So here is a blog post with some of the other photos that I have taken today.

#30DaysWild – Day 01

30 Days Wild

I have signed up to take part in The Wildlife Trusts annual nature challenge: 30 Days Wild 2020. Each day of June 2020 I endeavour to take & share at least one nature / wildlife photo to highlight the beauty of the natural world that we live in. #30DaysWild

I feel that this may be a challenge for me in a couple of ways. 1) Partly due to COVID-19 lockdown, & 2) committing to daily challenges is not my strength. I either get distracted by other commitments or loose the motivation to continue. On that note I have been thinking on how to share this challenge via my blog. I have decided not to publish a daily blog post with each days challenge. Instead opting for a dedicated page “30 Days Wild” with a gallery with each days entry. I feel writing a daily blog post for each entry is a feat I will struggle with, finding the time to photograph my inspiration (as I can never just take one photo) & write a blog post to go with it. I’m sure this will inspire more of my usual portfolio blog posts though. So we shall see how this goes. #30DaysWild

I will also share this challenge via my usual social media feeds: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook.

Damflask Reservoir

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.

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