As we’re nearly a third of the way through the year, I like to think back on my photography this year so far. I’m pleased with my photography opportunities that have arisen both in terms of landscape and wildlife photography.
My first trip to the Fort William area of Scotland was fantastic. I’m very pleased with the landscape photographs I took up there and even had some sunshine which I think is a bonus. I also had a fantastic day photographing mountain hares in the Cairngorms national park. The main reason I was in Scotland was to do a winter skills course in the mountains which was also a great experience. Mind you, it was probably the most physically challenging weekend I’ve had in a long time.
Then of course, the whole country was blanketed in snow which presented numerous photo opportunities both locally and when I was driving home through the New Forest after visiting friends who live on the Isle of Wight. The New Forest looked fantastic with its covering of snow: a real winter wonderland, I just had to stop the car and get snapping. My wife was very understanding.
Locally back down south I’ve had some great wildlife moments. A short distance from where I live a kingfisher has been showing well. I am so pleased with the images captured, which include flight shots and the “fish in the kingfisher’s beak” type pictures.
Along with the kingfisher pics I’ve been photographing lots of woodland birds such as greater spotted woodpeckers, nuthatches, tree creepers and long tailed tits to name but a few.
I’m in the process of setting up a woodland feeding station which at some stage will hopefully include a reflection pool so watch this space! I am planning to run more wildlife photography courses there. Like myself, so many people love to watch and photograph wildlife without causing any disturbance or stress to the beautiful animals that we are lucky enough to share our world with.