Hi! My name is Mike.
Nature and nature photography are my current passions. I am not inclined to travel far for my nature fix. Travelling takes time, and time is a precious commodity in my world. Exploring local fauna and flora is a valuable life activity and an exciting pastime. I am obsessive, but not in the extreme; obsessiveness is helpful when it comes to achieving goals.
I am an individualist and obsessive enjoying my own company and that of my dog, Spike: a black Welsh Cocker Spaniel with an excellent singing voice. I am Welsh too, but I do not sing well – whistling is more my thing. I am an inquisitive Celt, with archetypal Celtic traits such as stubbornness and persistence.
I am not in my first flush of youth, nor am I decrepit. My legs excel at conveying my senses to where they need to be without complaint or excessive stress. My body rarely complains of cold, wet, or heat, nor does it overreact to prolonged hard work. I have all my teeth. I can out-walk my 8-year-old Cocker; mind you, on completion of a twenty-mile walk, Spike will have covered more like 40 miles. If Spike were to concentrate on running forward, instead of in every which way, he could beat me paws-down.
All in all, I am fortunate to be sound in mind and body. Those that know me might suggest I provide documentary evidence of my mental health and capacity to justify my claim: I do not have it!
Watching nature is fun! I find nature photography fulfilling. I am out in the countryside day and night, rain and shine, but not all day nor all night. I am Warden of Wilden Marsh Nature Reserve: a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
This blog is a photographic and narrative journey through an urban wildlife setting. I record subtle changes seen during my interactions with the fauna and flora of Wilden Marsh and Hoo Wood throughout seasons and years. My intention is to convey simple perceptions of nature using three tools: my right eye, my camera and my computer.
I will try to post three images that catch my eye each day. The operative phrase is “catch my eye.” I am not expecting to turn leaves over or look under stones; the photo opportunities must appear in front of me or my cameras – well, that’s the plan. I will manipulate images and videos as I see fit.
My ability to identify the species I photograph is not reliable. I will work on the principle that the more species I incorrectly identify, the more I will learn and correctly identify with the passage of time. I’m neither embarrassed nor belittled by being wrong.
I hope you enjoy my journey.
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