Beebombs

At the start of lockdown some months ago, finding myself with a lot more free time on my hands (how I long for that now!) I finally got around to planting my ‘beebombs’. Beebombs are wildflower seedballs designed to be scattered on open ground or in gardens to replicate a wildflower meadow. With such habitats…

Happy Fathers’ Day!

This male house sparrow looks rather weary and fed up of his youngster’s constant demands. I’m sure there are many human fathers out there that can sympathise at the moment! — All photographs copyright of Claire Stott/Grey Feather Photography © 2020 http://www.greyfeatherphotography.com If you like what you see, you can follow me on Facebook or Instagram (@greyfeatherphotography) to see…

You can take a dog to water…

…but as we discovered, you can’t always persuade it to swim! Our little mongrel dog Kaiya has never really been a fan of water, despite her part poodle  genetics. In the last few weeks however whilst we’ve been baking in the sunniest May on record, she finally realised that playing the sea can be great…

The secret lives of sparrows

Wednesday 22nd April: Isolation Day 31 During my daily ‘exercise’ (or rather, sitting down with camera poised), my aim over the past week has been to capture the daily antics of a rather overlooked bird, the humble house sparrow. Not spectacularly coloured or great songsters but fascinating in their own right, they have always one…

Corvid not covid

Sunday March 29th: Isolation Day 6 Almost a week into our new life of uncertainty and restriction and the boredom and monotony is beginning to set in. Fortunately the sun is still shining enabling me to get out briefly each day for my daily dose of nature therapy. Whilst being limited to just one small…

Lifeforms Art review

This Christmas rather than heading out to the crowded high street and buying extravagant presents for your loved ones why not support your local independent business, crafter or artist instead? This #indieweek I’ll be promoting some of these creatives and their products to give you a little Christmas inspiration. If you are looking for a…

World Kindness Day

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” ― Mahatma Gandhi As today is World Kindness Day what better way to spend the morning than to spread a little kindness myself by feeding the local bird population. I have a particular affection for the…

Light and texture

Autumn for many birds is the season to moult, replacing old worn out feathers after a tough summer of breeding. At this time of year many birds become rather elusive, hiding away whilst they are at this vulnerable stage of life. Whilst there aren’t a great deal of birds around to photograph at the moment,…

A helping hand

I am a great believer that you can find nature everywhere, providing you take the time to look for it. Sometimes however nature quite literally turns up on your doorstep, like this minuscule damselfly which found itself trapped inside my front porch a few days ago. It was a blue-tailed damselfly, a common species which…

A day out at Trentham Gardens

A couple of weeks ago, during our recent half term break we decided to take a trip out to Trentham Gardens in Stoke on Trent. This large estate of over 300 acres was the seat of Trentham hall, a grand country house built in the 1800s. Now the hall itself lies in ruin, but the…

Love Your Pet Day

Today is National Love Your Pet Day, celebrating the love we have for our furry friends! What better day then to share some photos of my own pets who are always happy to pose for the camera (with occasional bribery). Here is a brief introduction to them all: Cali Age: 8 years Likes: Dressing gowns,…

Wagtail reflection

There was very little to see or photograph this morning however I was able to get this rather lovely shot, as a female Pied Wagtail hunted for insects at the waters edge. By waiting patiently for her to wander into the right spot, I was also able to capture her reflection rippling in the water…