Life in the wildflower verge: Part I

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…

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…

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…

Life in miniature

Whilst most of my photography focuses on bird life, I also enjoy capturing some of the smaller inhabitants of the natural world, the insects and invertebrates, which are currently thriving in this extended period of hot weather. It can be difficult to appreciate the beauty of insects at a glance and so I like to…

Getting a buzz from nature

Taking a break from the birds, today was instead spent searching for the smaller inhabitants of the natural world; in particular the pollinators, tiny creatures who play a crucial role in our ecosystems. Plants use their colourful floral displays and scents to attract insects such as bees and flies to feed on the nectar concealed…

Flight of the bumblebee

Spring has arrived late in the UK this year, and the delay of warmer weather has meant that many of our insect species have also been slow to emerge from their winter hibernation. With the long anticipated, and very welcome arrival of sunny skies, flowers have finally sprung up, ready and waiting to be pollinated…