Posted on June 5, 2020
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.
Posted on June 1, 2020
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.
Posted on May 31, 2020
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
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 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 9, 2020
One of the benefits of the current UK Lockdown / social distancing and being at home more than usual is having the time to notice all the wildlife that visits our garden. Most of our garden visitors are birds, including; Sparrows, Blackbirds, Pigeons, Crows, Tits, and various other birds.
This little fellow settled down to enjoy some of the nibbles that we left out for our garden visitors.
Posted on April 9, 2020
How are we all surviving lockdown / self isolating? In between spates of home working some of our extra spare time has been occupied by wildlife watching. Our living room window that looks out on to our back garden has been delighting us with views of various garden visitors. Normally our visitors are various breeds of birds, including; Sparrows, Tits, Magpies, Blackbirds, Crows, & Pigeons. But twice now we’ve been graced with the presence of a Squirrel who seems to enjoy the seeds & nuts we have put out for our feathered guests.
Although most us are social isolating it doesn’t mean that we have lock ourselves away from the natural world. In fact I believe that getting back to nature might actually help us all get through self isolating. We’re lucky enough to have a garden, for those that don’t have gardens we can all still get back to nature while out walking for our daily exercise while still adhering to social distancing guidelines.