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.

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.

#StaySafe

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.

Blossom in Bloom


As social isolating / social distancing lockdown continues off out we go for one of our daily exercise sessions. Clearly the camera has to come with us. It’s nice to see the blossom on the trees, another reminder that spring is here. I think we are definitely enjoying getting out and exploring the great outdoors more at the moment. The simple things that we usually take for granted, like a walk in the park. We’re now taking in every moment of it and all our surroundings.

Photography vs Lockdown

I’ve not been posting to my website as much of late. As for one reason or another I’ve not had the time or the motivation to blog. So I’m going to try and use some of my new found extra spare time to blog more and spend more time on my photography. I’ve previously only posted photo blogs and then only posted when I’ve had some photos that I particularly wanted to share. Going forward I shall try and share some of my thoughts as well. With this in mind I have added the new blog category of “Behind The Lens”. So here we go…

One thing that I have learned from the current Corona Virus lockdown that we all find ourselves in. Is while most of us are social isolating and or social distancing it’s important to take the time to enjoy the little things in life.

For me one of those little things is to try and spend more time enjoying nature. Although we are all on lockdown, we are still currently aloud to go outside for some form of daily exercise (walks, cycling, etc) as long as we adhere to the governments Social Distancing guidelines. Where we live we are quite lucky that we are surrounded by various parks, woodlands etc. So some form of nature is no more than 10 minutes away from our house. We have been trying to make the most of this and once a day taking some time to get out & enjoy nature. Our garden is also providing us another way of getting back to nature as well as providing some great photographic opportunities thanks so some of our garden wildlife visitors.

The above video was taken during a walk around one of our local parks. I was trying to capture the birdsong as well as the daffodils (sorry not the best sound quality). I also managed to get some nice photos of this year’s daffodils that are already in full bloom. I’ve not posted those up yet. Watch this space.

Owler Tor

Ecclesall Woods

Dhalia’s in the Rain

Springtime

Wild Flowers of Summer

Dahlias

Of late my attentions have turned to wonders of our botanical world. On this occasion our own garden is home to this posts subject: Dahlia ‘Bishop of Leicester’.

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