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…

A pier with a view!

A few evenings ago I wanted to capture the nightly starling spectacle here in Aberystwyth a little differently. Rather than observing from my usual seafront vantage point, on this occasion I hoped to capture a unique perspective right from the heart of the action. Thanks to the assistance of Hannah and the Royal Pier bar…

Starlings, sunsets and silhouettes

It’s been a long two weeks as we endured a second lockdown here in Wales and as predicted the weather for the first week was pretty dire and miserable, not great for lifting the mood. Fortunately as we entered the second week the weather smiled down on us once more and I was ready and…

Kitten Diaries: kitten chaos!

It’s been a little while since my last update on the six hand reared kittens, and they have now all flown the nest and moved on to their next foster homes where they can continue to grow and thrive as they wait for their forever homes. It was as always a sad farewell, but saying…

Sighting: Plasterer bee

Most of my time spend photographing is done close to home and exploring the area in and around ‘the gap’. Whilst there is a sense of familiarity here in photographing the same creatures and the same cycles of life each season, there are also occasionally a new sighting, piece of behaviour or encounter to capture…

It’s that time of year again…

It was almost a year ago that I stood in this very spot, photographing the annual starling spectacle here in Aberystwyth and what a difference a year can make! Whilst the annual cycles of nature change very little, unfortunately our human world is now a very different place with a global pandemic filling all our…

Strange & Beautiful

It was back in the warm and relatively carefree days of summer that I stumbled across a rather unusual find when out searching for insects among the wildflowers. In among a cluster of corn chamomile flowers growing beside the harbour wall, was this rather unusual looking bloom. This particular stem and in a conjoined or…

Sighting: Otter

The otter has always been one of my favourite creatures, but being such an elusive animals and still relatively rare here in the UK, I never expected to see one in the wild. That was until reports began to surface on local wildlife groups of a new resident on the nearby waterways. As more and…

Sighting: Grey Phalarope

Sadly there was no sign of the elusive otter at Tanybwlch beach this morning. Instead a tiny Grey Phalarope was causing quite the stir, attracting a small but enthusiastic crowd of local birdwatchers armed with scopes, binoculars and some rather impressive camera gear! Whilst it may not have looked particularly out of place, this bird…

Kitten diaries: 4-5 weeks

It’s now been over a month since I first laid eyes on my latest foster kittens, and they are now scarcely recognisable from the fragile infants whose very survival once hung in the balance. Hand rearing is such a rewarding experience as you get to witness the kittens grow and develop, surprising you with new…

Transition period

As we wave goodbye to summer and the cooler days of autumn draw in, many birds appear to disappear and the skies fall silent. The reason for the sudden absence is that many of our birds are now keeping a low profile, hiding away whilst they go through their annual moult and grow new feathers…

Flowerscapes

Despite in now being late September a walk outside and you’d be forgiven for we were back in mid summer! Temperatures all week have been hovering over 20 degrees, unusually warm for this time of year. A walk along the promenade today and I was pleasantly surprised to find the flower beds we planted many…