Love walking and nature photography?

Welcome to "Nature Walks with Carol".

Grab your camera and head out to a local nature reserve or park to practice spotting and photographing interesting flora and fauna.

Mastering a DSLR or mirrorless camera will give you complete creative control and superior image quality compared to smartphone cameras.

Advanced cameras offer a wide range of techniques, such as depth of field and long exposures, to explore your artistic vision.

It's time to ditch the smartphone and level up to a DSLR or mirrorless camera to unlock a whole new world of photographic possibilities.

Join my on a virtual nature walk!

Ah, the wonders of the East of England's nature reserves and ecological treasures! I can already picture you kicking back, cuppa in hand, as I whisk you away on a virtual journey through some of this region's most breathtaking natural escapes.

This virtual adventure allows you to get an unfiltered, insider's glimpse into the diverse landscapes and wildlife that make the East so special. From the wind-swept coastal marshes to the ancient woodlands, I'll guide you through, pointing out hidden gems and sharing fascinating tales about the flora and fauna we encounter.

By the end of our tour, you'll have a deep appreciation for the East's natural wonders that no textbook could provide. And who knows? You might just find yourself smitten with a particular reserve, mentally bookmarking it for your next real-life ramble.

Our journey begins just beyond the next bend. Lace up those virtual hiking boots and let's explore the East's natural wonders together! Who's ready for an adventure?

carol the photographerI'm Carol, your guide and fellow photography enthusiast.

Remember to pack:

  • Sunscreen
  • Midge spray
  • Hat and Gloves
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • A map 
  •  Phone

Photography Opportunities Await

The UK offers a range of subjects for photographers, from expansive mountain vistas to delicate butterfly wings.

Each step presents an opportunity for an impressive photo.

Remember to bring your camera, as your next great shot may be waiting where you least expect it.

In nature photography, environmental conditions significantly influence the scenes you capture.

Time of Day

The golden hour—the first and last hour of sunlight in the day—provides soft, diffused lighting that can enhance your photos with a captivating, warm glow. 

A wildlife portrait taken during the golden hour will feature pleasing shadows, reduced contrast, and a dreamy golden haze

In contrast, the blue hour—the 20 to 30 minute period just before sunrise or after sunset—offers a cool, tranquil setting for your photography. During this time, the sun no longer directly illuminates the landscape, but there is still enough indirect sunlight to cast a cool blue tone across the sky.

This ethereal blue light is ideal for capturing seascapes, and low light landscapes.

For instance, a long exposure shot of moving water during blue hour will render the water silky smooth, while city lights will pop against the cool blue backdrop of the fading sky.

Time of Year

In spring, the ancient woodlands of the UK come alive with vibrant carpets of bluebells, painting the forest floor in mesmerising shades of violet and indigo attracting countless visitors to witness this ephemeral display.

Summer, on the other hand, is an explosion of verdant growth. Trees are in full leaf, creating dense canopies of green that provide welcome shade. Meadows and fields burst with wildflowers, attracting pollinators like bees and butterflies.

As the year progresses into autumn, the landscape transforms into a rich palette of warm hues. The leaves of deciduous trees like oaks and beeches transition from green to brilliant shades of gold and orange.

In contrast, winter strips away the lush growth, revealing a stark, uncluttered landscape. Bare branches etch intricate patterns against crisp skies, while pristine blankets of snow reshape familiar terrain into otherworldly vistas.

Whatever the Weather

Don't shy away from capturing wildlife in less than ideal weather, as some of the most impactful photos are captured in these conditions.

A stormy sky, rain, or snow can add a dramatic flair and captivating mood to your shots, which sunny days simply can't match.

Animals often exhibit different behaviours in wet conditions - birds preen their feathers, mammals shake off droplets, and amphibians revel in the damp.

Read my page on wildlife photography in the rain before venturing out to enjoy the challenges and creative potential. 

The Diverse Habitats of the East of England

The East of England offers an unparalleled diversity of natural habitats and stunning scenery that cannot be found anywhere else in the country.

From the sprawling wetlands teeming with rare birds, to the rugged coastal cliffs carved by the North Sea, to the ancient forests that have stood for centuries - this area showcases the full splendour of English landscapes in one compact region.

Exploring the wondrous corners of the East of England is made easy and enriching with our virtual tours.

Both beginner hikers and nature lovers alike will come away with a deep appreciation of this overlooked jewel of the English countryside, and the skills to embark on their own outdoor adventures.

Coastal Habitats

The coastline of Suffolk, Norfolk and beyond boasts a varied landscape.

The saltmarshes, wind swept dunes, and cliffs support a wide range of plant and animal species, contributing to a healthy and resilient ecosystem.

As you venture north, the area provides crucial nesting sites for many birds, including puffins and gannets. These iconic species rely on the undisturbed coastal habitats to build their nests and raise their young.


Fenlands represent a distinct habitat exclusive to the East of England. These low-lying areas of flat grassland frequently experience winter flooding, creating a distinctive rich ecosystem.

The fens are a haven for diverse flora and fauna, hosting numerous species that are scarce or at risk in other parts of the UK.

Keep an eye out for unique species like the fen raft spider, the bittern, and the marsh harrier.

Freshwater Habitats

The region is dotted with numerous rivers, lakes, and ponds, which support a wide range of aquatic life.

Look out for dragonflies skimming the water's surface, and great crested grebes raising their families

Mandarin drakeMandarin drake (Aix galericulata)

Lowland Heaths

These areas, characterised by their sandy, acidic soils, support a unique array of plants and animals. Look out for heather in bloom, and stay alert for the elusive nightjar.


The East of England boasts diverse woodland habitats, ranging from centuries-old broadleaved forests to contemporary plantations. These woodlands are rich in wildlife, including the graceful roe deer and the hard-to-find Purple Emperor butterfly.

The core of nature goes beyond its stunning vistas, including the diverse creatures that call it home. It includes the stories etched in every ruin, rock, tree, and leaf.

It's about the thrill of spotting a kingfisher's vibrant plumage or watching an otter's playful antics.

It's also about the joy of rekindling a bond with nature, which in turn reconnects us with ourselves.

Male kingfisher perched on tree branchMale Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)

Every walk starts with a quick overview of the nature reserve or habitat we will explore, accompanied by a description of one of my visits.

I'll present my photographs, featuring wildlife, landscapes, flowers, trees, and lakes, to offer you a preview of what to expect.

If you need assistance in identifying wild birds I'm here to help.

But Nature Walks with Carol is more than a simple tour. It offers a thorough educational journey.

As we walk, I'll share nature photography tips that will help you take remarkable photos in any weather conditions

We'll investigate the technical aspects of using a DSLR or mirrorless camera, from understanding camera settings to editing your photos at home. And we'll examine the creative aspects of photography, from framing shots to telling stories. 

Older gentleman enjoying an autumnal walk in the countrysideMy hubby and one of our dogs walking ahead of me in our village

We'll also take time to appreciate the history that's all around us, from prehistoric sites to medieval castles, World War II structures, and remnants of earlier settlements. Where possible, I'll include details of these historical sites and any other interesting facts along with my walks.

Most importantly, Nature Walks with Carol is about you.

  • It's about transforming from a hobbyist to a proficient nature photographer
  • It's about experiencing joy and discovery by viewing the world differently.
  • It's about the fulfillment found in accurately capturing nature's beauty.

So, are you prepared to start this adventure with me? Let's explore the natural world together, one step at a time.

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