Hi! My name is Mike. Nature and nature photography are my current passions. I like exploring nature on my doorstep, but not literally. I don’t feel a need to travel far to indulge my passions; after all, travelling takes time and time seems awfully short in my world. I am obsessive, but not in the extreme; obsessiveness is helpful when it comes to achieving goals. I enjoy my own company and that of my dog, Spike: a black Welsh Cocker Spaniel with a really good singing voice. I am Welsh, too, but I don’t sing that often – whistling is my thing. My veins course with Celtic blood. I have archetypal Celtic traits, such as stubbornness, persistence, and inquisitiveness.
I’m not young, nor am I decrepit – far from it if truth be told. My legs excel at conveying my senses to exciting places, 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 own teeth. I am able to out-walk my 8-year-old Cocker; mind you, on completion of a twenty-mile walk, Spike has probably covered more like 40 miles. If Spike were to concentrate on running forward, instead of in every which way, he would beat me paws-down. All in all, I am fortunately sound of body and mind. Those that know me well might insist on documentary evidence to backup my mental health claim, but I don’t have it. Some ambitions have yet to be fulfilled.
I enjoy watching nature, and I find nature photography particularly fulfilling. I am out in the countryside day and night, rain and shine, but not all day and all night. I am Warden of Wilden Marsh Nature Reserve: a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
This blog is a photographic journey, along which I record the main and subtle changes seen during my interactions with the fauna and flora of Wilden Marsh and Hoo Wood throughout seasons and years. I also hope to convey my simple perceptions of nature, using three tools: my right eye, my camera, and my computer.
My aim is 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 – well, that’s the plan. I will manipulate images as I see fit.
I will endeavour to identify species I photograph, but I don’t promise that my identifications will be correct. However, I’m working on the principle that the more species I incorrectly identify, the more I am likely to correctly identify in the end. I’m not embarrassed or belittled by being wrong.
I hope you enjoy my journey.
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