It’s officially Autumn here.

6th September 2012: A Wilden Marsh workday today, and a lovely warm sunny day it has been. I took along my 500D fitted with a 18 – 55 mm kit zoom lens. I am still hooked on close-ups.

Butterflies and bees were in abundance in the north pasture, and I find them difficult to ignore. I am having macro lens withdrawal problems. The 18 – 55 mm kit zoom has limitations; my intention has been to use it for landscapes, but I am using it as a substitute macro lens.

Most of the volunteers worked in the north pasture pulling ragwort and coppicing. I worked with Alan, removing very old iron railings from the north wood. The railings had been there so long that trees trunks had grown through them. When I say “through them,” I mean some of the iron railing were imbedded in the centre of the tree trunks; they had become part of the trees.

I think today’s weather has probably been the best we have had on a workday so far this year.

Badgers, foxes and muntjac deer have been busily digging up the marsh and Hoo Wood this week.


Himalayan balsam and berries in the north pasture.

14 Comments on “It’s officially Autumn here.

    • Thanks, Felix. I am really not finding the 18 – 55 mm kit zoom fulfilling. The lovely weather we are having over here at the moment, and the increase in insects flying around the marsh, might mean the unpacking of my macro lens this week end.

  1. Lovely image, Mike. Thanks for updating us on the work party.
    It’s particularly inspiring to hear that people are willing to donate their time & labour to keep the marsh in good condition.

    • Thanks, Vicki. Many people ask me about volunteering on the marsh, but few take the all important step. I think they feel volunteering might be too demanding, when it is the reverse. It is not slave labour, it can be exactly as you want it to be, working at one’s own pace and enjoying being with happy, positive people who are helping to improve the environment because they want too.

  2. You took a beautiful photo of the flower. Very interesting blog. Well Done! Keep the good work up.

  3. Used to take pictures like this with a Canon 400D and the kitlens and loved the softness it gave , think you’ve succeeded more then excellent with this one , but am looking forward to see some macroshots

    • Yes, Tom. Himalayan balsam is a terrible pest on the marsh. Thankfully, the marsh cattle like to eat it.

  4. Lovely photo! Here (west coast of Canada) we call the flower “Himilayan Orchid”, though I’ve also read that it’s called “Policeman’s Helmet”, And yes, it is definitely a pest. It’s also called “Touch Me Not” for good reason, since at the slightest touch it springs its seeds everywhere. My garden used to be overrun with these plants. Each year I tried to leave just one or two (since they were so pretty), but it was impossible to have the flowers without the problem of exploding seed heads and then having to pull hundreds of the plants again the next spring – so eventually I managed to eradicate it. But I do miss its lovely photogenic qualities!

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