Azure Damselfly

My first attempt at photographing a dragonfly, not my best work but I am pretty impressed with the end result nevertheless. As you can imagine they are quite difficult to photograph as they don’t stay in one place for more than a few seconds at any one time, so a lot of patience was required. They are also quite small and with how quick they move sometimes finding where it had moved to and re-focusing was a challenge in itself.

This dragonfly was a complete chance encounter while out for another one of my photo walks. Not actually sure if I have ever encountered a dragonfly before let alone try to photograph one. I believe that this specimen is a Azure Damselfly. I feel very lucky to have been able to witness this fellow so close up.

Dandelion Clocks

Dandelions we either love them or hate them, we either see them as flowers or weeds. Dandelion seed-heads (dandelion clocks) are reminiscent of childhood. How many of us have childhood memories of blowing the seed heads of dandelions, seeing how many attempts it takes before we can blow all of the seeds off while counting “One o’clock, two o’clock, three o’clock,…”.

While capturing these shots I love the contrast of the white seed heads against green grass, dandelion stems and foliage. They may not be everyone’s first choice of flowers to photograph, but I find the soft fluffy seed heads interesting to photograph.

Little Duckling

On one our many getting in touch with nature / photo expedition walks we spotted this little fellow. As you can see he was quite tame, coming right up on to the riverbank.

I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to spend more time recently getting closer to some of our native wildlife. This year has been hard in many ways, but it also has given me some simple moments of joy. The joy of reconnecting with nature.

Sea Holly

Since moving in to our house a few years ago we have been slowly creating our own little patch of outdoor heaven in the form of our back garden. There is still a long way to go, and I’m sure it will be an ever continuing project. We like finding new interesting flowers to plant. One of my favourites is our Sea Holly that we’ve been growing for a couple of years now.

I enjoy photographing flowers & plants as I find it quite relaxing, it’s a little bit more special when it’s flowers that you have planted yourself. The plan is for our garden to be a little hideaway with lots of interesting plants & garden wildlife to enjoy & of course photograph.

Rhododendron

I know I keep saying this lately, one of the things that I have been so grateful for during the UK’s COVID-19 pandemic / lockdown is being healthy enough to venture out for walks. Although I’m working from home more these days I’m enjoying the extra time from not having to travel as much. Spending some of this extra time enjoying what nature has for us in our surrounding parks and streets has been a god send. Of course this leads to lots of photographic inspiration.

I loved this Rhododendron bush and how it seems to have captured the sunlight so perfectly. Made me think of hazy summer days although I captured these shots in Spring. We’ve been contemplating planting a Rhododendron bush in our own garden, but seeing how quick it can spread and how big they can grow it might not be the best fit for our little garden paradise.

As I have been able to spend a little more time out taking photos so far this year, I now need to find sometime to actually post some of the photos I have taken.

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.

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