Natural History Photography – Why? Reason 1

4:30 am Beep, beep, beep. The alarm goes off. I’m comfy & warm, it’s freezing out there but there’s stuff to do before getting on the road. Why do I get up? To take some landscape shots…

A few hours later it’s still dark and we’re at our first destination. I’m reckying by torchlight for the perfect spot to set up the tripod. The car was reporting -6 degrees when we stopped, feels at least that cold to me. Damn, there’s a light breeze. I’ll really need that breeze to drop, if the reflections are to be perfect.

The first glow of dawn light tinges the sky, it’s so peaceful, serene even and I feel that oneness with mother nature that you just won’t get in a town or with a bunch of folk. Time to take a few longish exposures.

It’s light now & the sun is about to rise above the horizon, birds start singing, it’s time for the main event. The breeze has dropped, almost as if nature is holding her breath & right on cue too. Boom, those first mandarin coloured rays of sun illuminate the Snowdon Horseshoe. The warm light quietly yet inexorably rolls down the mountains, illuminating them in it’s fiery glow. The lake in front of me forms a perfect still mirror, reflecting the morning mountain beauty; mingling it with reflections of the lake’s own glacial boulders. Click, the picture I wanted, saved to flash card. Time to just enjoy these fine moments of sun-kissed mountains & lake.

Then it’s back to the car. Get out the stove to cook up beans on toast for breakfast. And then time to drive to our daytime destination, there are 7 hours of daylight left to make best of, with camera & Shank’s pony.

Snowdon Horseshoe at dawn, from Llynnau Mymbyr
Snowdon Horseshoe at dawn, from Llynnau Mymbyr


Late Summer Tint

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Both river and woodland are thriving for a good summer …

River in Woodland
The Afon Dulas cascades its way towards Aberllefenni

“Pied FlyCatchers” On this rather wet #songbirdsaturday  (we’ve recorded 4.75 inches of rain in t…

"Pied FlyCatchers"

On this rather wet #songbirdsaturday  (we've recorded 4.75 inches of rain in the last 24 hours) I'd like to spare a thought for all the birds trying to safely rear a family. 

We're lucky enough to have Pied Flycatcher's breeding on the farm and with some help their numbers seem to be improving. I am however rather concerned about the riverside brood today, the river is very swollen and the brood must have been near to fledging.

Here are 3 photos:
1] Male perched in tree, with caterpillar
2] A different male returning to one of our nest boxes
3] A female anxiously looking out of her riverside nest (I spent almost an hour chest deep in the river for that photo!)

Hope you enjoy them.

#wales   #conservation   #wildlifephotography