Starling season

As the seasons change and the residual warmth and vibrant colours of autumn are replaced by the chill and bleakness of winter, these darkening days signal the start of my favourite time of year for photography. The return of Aberystwyth’s famous starling murmurations. Each winter here in Aberystwyth thousands of starlings gather in huge flocks…

Summer scorcher

The Botanic Gardens of Wales down in Carmarthen has become one of my favourite places for a day out. For a photographer there is always something new to discover here and the ever changing landscape of flowers never fails to disappoint and delight. My most recent visit was back in July, which also happened to…

Poison paradise

After an absolutely dismal May which was quite literally a wash out, it’s nice to see the return of sunny skies here in Aberystwyth. Thanks in part to all that rain, and the absence so far of the council mowers the wild areas around the harbour have sprung into life providing a habitat for all…

Joy in Autumn

‘The dog lives for the day, the hour, even the moment‘ – Robert Falcon Scott A lovely sunny day at the height of autumn a few weeks ago, perfect for a little walk over in the nearby park Plascrug, a beautiful little gem of nature right in the heart of Aberystwyth. Usually a great little…

Aftermath

WARNING: Graphic content As storm ciara swept across the UK, bringing with her gale force winds and lashing rain we at least were able to cosy up indoors in safety and warmth. But spare a thought for all the wildlife who had no choice but to tough it out and battle the conditions. As the…

Rain rain, go away

Winter in Wales brings the inevitable deluge of heavy rain which seems to last for weeks on end…I am rather fed up of the constant damp and drizzle and long for the return of Spring which can’t come soon enough! The birds don’t look too impressed either and I’m sure they would welcome some sunshine…

A change of perspective

‘When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change’ – Wayne Dyer I don’t very often delve into landscape photography but as any photographer will tell you there is something irresistible about capturing a carpet of fallen autumn leaves. Rather than go for the traditional landscape composition I opted…

Fallen leaves

When it comes to the seasons I can never quite decide whether I prefer spring or autumn, however there is something about the cold, crisp air of a sunny autumn morning and the golden hues taking over the natural world which I find particularly appealing. Today a carpet of fallen autumn leaves provided a beautiful…

Autumn invasion

Autumn is the time of year when all things 8 legged invade our gardens and appear in our homes, seeking out mates and warm places to spend the impending winter. Fear of spiders is irrational and actually quite ridiculous since none of the spiders found in the UK can do you any real harm but…

Drakes in disguise

Autumn for many birds is the moulting season, and none of the birds here in Aberystwyth go through this process quite as dramatically as the mallard ducks on the Rheidol river. As the warm days of summer fade into memory so too do the bright, vibrant feathers of the drakes as they lose their summer…

Bee happy

With a storm raging outside and rattling the windows what better time to catch up on some editing and look back at some of my photographs captured back in the warmth and calm of summer. Having invested in a prime macro lens earlier in the year much of my attention since has been focused on…

Painted Lady summer

In a once in a decade phenomenon, numbers of painted lady butterflies in the UK have reached record numbers as tens of thousands of these insects arrive in the UK to breed. Whilst painted ladies are a regular sight across the UK during the summer months, around every ten years or so there is a…