A passion for nature photography

Nature photography enables me to record my countryside walks and experiences to share with you. It is almost like taking you on a virtual bird walk with me around the nature reserves and other destinations, mostly in the East of England, that I visit on a regular basis. 

Mandarin drakeMandarin drake (Aix galericulata)

Why I created this site for you

For the last 5 or 6 years I have taken my camera along to take photo "notes" that make these places special. 

These photos serve to remind me of my days out, the wildlife I saw, the sights and scents of the wildflowers, the feel of wind or sun on my skin, the sound of bird song and the challenges of capturing those experiences to look back on in the future. 

For a long time I didn't realize that other people might be interested in viewing my photographs or reading my stories.  But after sharing my photos on Social Media I began to get comments such as "the only thing I see hovering in the sky is the police helicopter" or "I look forward to seeing your pictures in my feed" so I decided to collect details of my nature walks all together on this site. 

I recently took a course on note-making and we had to present a showcase at the end. I chose to share my bird notes, imagining that most of the other participants would be bored. To my delight they shared comments in the chat such as...

  • Wow! Carol, this is so engaging! Your passion is evident, and it is contagious!
  • I want you to keep talking forever 
  • I could listen to stories like these all day 
  • Hey Carol, just speaking as someone who has worked for Leica for 3 years (and photographing professionally for 15), you're quite good with a camera! I'm enjoying looking at your work.

What will you find here?

Photos galore!

Male kingfisher perched on tree branchMale Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)

You will see that my nature photography subjects include birds, mammals, reptiles, and insects such as butterflies and dragonflies.

You will discover bigger picture shots of views across the nature reserves, mixed with macro photographs showing features of the tiniest creatures and plants found there. 

You will also be able to read my personal impressions of the nature reserves I visit along with the stories behind many of the photographs I share on these pages. I will try to incorporate information on the subjects of my photos and how I took them. 

Nature reserves and walks

You will find County pages where I gather together the places I have visited in that area, such as...

Nature in Cambridgeshire

and

Best walks in Northamptonshire

More of these "tie it together pages" will follow, as I add to the site.

Until I get all of those created, each reserve outside of those counties will have its own place on the navigation bar at the top of the page. At present places in Yorkshire that I have covered include Bempton Cliffs and Spurn Point, while Rutland Water gets its own page.

Nature photography hints and tips

You will note that the Photography section is in its infancy. This section will eventually provide tips and techniques for nature photography that hopefully will encourage you to give it a go, whatever your equipment or experience. 

I will run through what I use and how to get the best results from your kit. For example the first pages cover...

How to take photos of dragonflies 

and

Low angle photography 

About the wildlife

If you are looking for stories and photos of specific *species of wildlife*, don't worry, these will be included too. Let's start with...

The Great Crested Grebe

and

Wild Swans


Wildlife videos

I am very much into wildlife and nature photography rather than videography, but you will find some videos on certain pages of the site. To begin here is a short video showing some of the photos I took in 2018.

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