About

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 have shot or made all the images featured in this blog, unless specified otherwise. 

I hope you enjoy my journey.

If you would like to send me an email, you can do so at:

mikeatwildenmarsh@hotmail.co.uk

Alternatively, use this contact form:

COPYRIGHT NOTICE!

Β© Michael Griffths and Wilden Marsh: Another year living with nature at Hoo Wood and  Wilden Marsh, 2010 to 2014. Unauthorised use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Michael Griffiths and Wilden Marsh: Another year living with nature at Hoo Wood and Wilden Marsh, with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

147 Responses to About

  1. Linda says:

    Mike, your photography is simply stunning. I have enjoyed your writings, but I have to wonder whether people are missing your photography because of the thumbnail sized pictures embedded in the articles. Each of your photos is a gem.

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    • mike585 says:

      Thank you for your very kind comment, Linda. I have to say that I think your photography is much better than mine.

      I usually put a ‘ Click on image to enlarge’ at the top of the post. No one has mentioned the point to me before. I would have thought that most people would know that double clicking a thumbnail image will enlarge it – I could be wrong, though.

      I look forward to your macros.

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  2. tenwhiskey says:

    Mike, Tenwhiskey here.

    I received an hour long lecture from a trapper in Alaska once on beaver. I was flying the bush at the time and we had a weather delay, so had time.

    I popped off an answer to your comment on my post (for which I thank you). It didn’t really cover the particular and specific differences. I re-thought that and came here. I’m not certain of the depth of your interest in bones of the subject or other things so will content myself for now.

    I’ve added your mail address to gmail.

    Thanks.

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    • mike585 says:

      There is more than one answer to my question, so how do you like this one: Until very recently, we didn’t have any beavers in the UK. We have now imported beavers from Norway, or Scandinavia. I’m not sure which. Anyway, we have set up a few breeding sites in appropriate areas in the hope that they will multiply and benefit our ecology.

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  3. petrel41 says:

    Hi, thanks for following my blog; and best wishes for you and for Hoo Wood and Wilden Marsh!

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  4. mike585 says:

    Thank you, Petre.

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  5. petrel41 says:

    Hi Mike,

    Because I think you’re deserving, I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. You can accept your award here:

    http://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/2012/01/25/versatile-blogger-award/

    If you’ve already received one, just know I think you deserve another! Thank you for what you do. All the best for the nature reserve.

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  6. mike585 says:

    Thank you very much for your support, Petre.

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  7. Cowboy says:

    Howdy Mike –

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I’m glad you did, It looks like I’m going to enjoy yours also.

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  8. mike585 says:

    Howdy Partner,

    Thank you for your comment.

    I enjoyed your blog.

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  9. Thank you for stopping by my blog. You have a wonderful blog. You are fortunate to be in an area where you are so close to nature. We have a few animals visiting. We have a family of skunks and raccoon’s living nearby and they visit us often. I look forward to more of your blog.

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  10. abu zar says:

    Mike,I enjoy reading your posts and your marsh photographs and I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award.
    http://zarabu.wordpress.com/2012/02/22/a-note-of-gratitude-and-thank-you-i/
    has more details including the list of nominations

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  11. zannyro says:

    Hi! I may have neglected to do this earlier today, but….I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award..Please visit my post for details. πŸ™‚ (It’s a fair amount of work to respond to this process, I know, but I wanted you to have recognition. At least on my site), Keep up the good work!

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  13. FeyGirl says:

    Kudos to your obsessive nature… Who knows if you’d garner such amazing images without it. As a devoted hiker with a camera, I know how patient…and obsessive one must be to capture these images, and yours are technically gorgeous. I can’t wait to learn more of your surrounding natural spaces! And, while my family now has labs…we always had cockers in the past. πŸ™‚

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  14. Mike,
    I’ve really been enjoying your exploits with the Marsh. I’ve nominated you for Versatile Blog award and Blog on Fire award. I see that you’ve been nominated several times, but I love your blog. Thanks for sharing your world. Steff
    http://stephanielane2012.wordpress.com/2012/04/14/awards-oh-my/

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  15. I’ve been exploring your blog and I think it will be wonderful to be able to “visit” your marsh via your posts without actually being there. I have never heard of muntjac deer! They are curious looking creatures. I think I’ll learn a lot here, too.

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  16. mike585 says:

    Thank you. I hope you continue to enjoy this blog. πŸ™‚

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  17. zannyro says:

    Hi Mike! I hope that you don’t mind and I don’t know if you participate in this type of thing, but I’ve nominated, or given, you the Heart On Fire Award. Your blog posts, and your photos are inspiring, and your love for all things nature inspires us all..You don’t have to do a thing with this award.
    If you do want to use it…you can check out my blog of today, 5/10/12 and just do what I did.
    As always I look forward to your next wonderful post!

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  18. Sunelly_Sims says:

    Hi Mike,
    thank you for stopping by on my “Photos On The Go”! Your naturephotgraphy is amazing – your pictures are beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

    Cheers,
    Sunelly Sims

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  19. mike585 says:

    Thank you, Sunelly. πŸ™‚

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  20. Thank so much for stopping by my blog! Your photographs are beautiful! Looking forward to visiting again!

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  21. dcwisdom says:

    Hey, Mike! You have interests like I have, only mine are in NETexas. And like you, I like sharing my little corner of the world. I’ve never been to Wales, so you’ll be part of my virtual adventure. Looking forward to exploring your blog.

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  22. mike585 says:

    Thank you very much, and welcome. πŸ™‚

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  23. The Orange Tip says:

    Fantastic blog Mike, really interesting.

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  24. Mark says:

    Jeez, all your own teeth. All of them? And fit as fiddle by the sounds of it. With a job to ease the heart and mind.

    Sounds like a lot of good there mate. M

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  25. MissJ says:

    Hi Mike,
    Just a quick note: i’ve nominated you for the reader appreciation award, you can read it here: http://delicatebeautyofmysoul.wordpress.com/ Keep up the great work. πŸ™‚

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  26. Mary says:

    Hi Mike,
    I live in Stouffville, Ontario, Canada and your blog came to my attention through WordPress (I too have a nature blog). Wilden Marsh looks to be a treasure trove of beautiful natural features. Your photography (and the patience it must take at times) is amazing. You are doing a tremendous service to the reserve by documenting it this way, and it’s a wonderful educational tool, too. Where I live, coyotes howl up a storm at night, but hide in the daytime. We have fewer foxes now, as much of the rural landscape is gradually sold off for development. I hope that knowing your information inspired me on the other side of the world is encouragement for you to keep up the good work.

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    • mike585 says:

      Thank you, Mary. I think it’s a great pity that we do not have coyotes on Wilden Marsh. However, we do have barking munjac deer; so these will have to do!

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  27. Hi Mike – I’ve got a dog and a nature blog – can’t say I’ve got all my own teeth or that I could do a twenty mile hike – loved what I’ve seen of your blog (and loved the pictures, of course)
    David

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    • mike585 says:

      Thanks, David. Ah, but you have more hair than me! You might also be older than me. Maybe the trick to maintaining mobility is to keep moving. If I sit down for too long I have trouble getting up; my recliner doesn’t help either.

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  28. marissafh says:

    You take great photos! Thanks for the visit on my blog.

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  29. petrel41 says:

    Congratulations mike585, I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award!

    Rules are at

    http://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/2012/06/14/versatile-blogger-award-again-thanks-carina/

    I know I already had nominated you once, but I think you deserve another nomination πŸ™‚

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  30. eddiemyers says:

    I see that you enjoy nature a lot like I do. Nice photos. Thanks for stopping by my blog at http://eddiemyers.wordpress.com and liking my post and photos on Nature.

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  31. Genie says:

    I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. If you choose to accept the rules are posted on my blog: http://geniespeaks.wordpress.com/2012/06/18/one-lovely-blog-award-4. If you choose not to accept, just know that I enjoy your blog.

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  32. So nice to have an actual Welshman electronically visit our Welsh Harlequin ducks! Thanks for stopping by the blog. Love the photos of the fox. She’s gorgeous.

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  33. danbohmer says:

    Mike,
    I really like the photos on your blog so I have given you the One Lovely Blog Award (http://danbohmer.wordpress.com/2012/06/19/blog-awards).

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  34. mike585 says:

    Thank you, Dan. πŸ™‚

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  35. I could look at your pics all day…especially like the fox & squirrels. Look forward to future posts.

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  36. Angeline M says:

    I’m so glad you dropped by my blog today so that I could find yours. You have beautiful photos here.

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  37. zannyro says:

    Hi Mike! I’m not sure if you “do” awards, but I nominated your blog for the “One Lovely Blog” award…your work is so beautiful and I just wanted to recognize it.. :)… http://awindowintothewoods.com/2012/06/29/i-have-been-very-very-bad

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  38. lifebythemm says:

    Hi Mike, I just had to take a moment to say how beautiful your photos are and what a terrific blog you have! I can truly see your passion for photography and nature through this blog and I love your sense of humor in the about section. πŸ™‚ I will be checking back often to see what is happening on the marsh. Thanks so much for sharing it!

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  39. celticawitch says:

    You have been nominated for a Fabulous Blog Award. Go here http://celticawitch.wordpress.com/ to see more πŸ™‚
    Blessings
    Deep~Glade

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  40. Thanks for the like! Love your site here. πŸ™‚

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  41. Hi Mike,
    You have a really nice site here, with great photography! I’m envious of your location…the marsh must be a wonderful place! And so many opportunities for macro photography! I’ll be following with interest…

    Cheers,
    EC
    http://www.macrocritters.wordpress.com

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  42. I Nominated your blog for the β€œThought provoking award”. Please check out the details at http://artbyritva.wordpress.com/2012/08/31/thought-provoking-blog-award/ If this is not suitable time for you to accept this, please take it as a compiment of a beautiful blog Sunny regards, Ritva

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  43. Oli says:

    It’s my great pleasure to award your blog with ”One Lovely Blog Award” πŸ™‚ Please come and take your award here: http://heythatsmypic.wordpress.com/2012/09/15/one-lovely-blog-award/

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  44. melgallegos says:

    Hi,

    thanks for visiting my blog. great photos you have here and the writing as well.

    regards,
    Mel

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  45. Hi Mike,
    Thanks for the Like on my site dapontephotography.com. Wow, you have great photos of such awesome creatures.

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  46. Aerykah says:

    You have some really great photos! I’m looking forward to seeing some more! πŸ™‚
    And thanks for visiting my blog!

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  47. Hi Mike! You do have a great blog here; the photos are beautiful and I look forward to visiting again.
    Thanks for stopping by my site and liking my posts. ~ Marsha

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  48. You are definitely one warden I am glad to meet! Fantastic micros on this blog! Appreciate your visit to my photography blog. πŸ™‚

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  49. http://sofiesdiary.com/about/ has nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. In turn I would like to nominate you for the same award.
    For all the details follow this link: http://patriciaddrury.com/2012/11/04/the-very-inspiring-blogger-award/ Congratulations!!!
    If you choose not to do the deal, just know I admire you and just wanted to send kudos your way!

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  50. timr6 says:

    Hi Mike
    You’ve got a great blog here, with some excellent pics, so I’ve nominated you for the Blog of the Year 2012 Award. (You can find details of the award on my latest posting).
    Best wishes
    Tim

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  51. Mike I have nominated you for Blog of the Year 2012 because of your inspiration to me.
    http://patriciaddrury.com/2012/12/09/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/

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  52. mike585 says:

    Thanks very much, Patricia. It is very kind of you to nominate my blog for an award. πŸ™‚

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  53. Jenny says:

    Your blog is absolutely amazing!!

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  54. mk says:

    Love your new header photo, Mike.

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  55. Bren says:

    I hope you don’t mind but I have added your blog to my recommended blogs for people to visit. You can view the page here, http://ryanphotography.co.uk/recommendations/. If you don’t want your blog to be listed, could you drop me an email at brenr1958@gmail.com and I will remove it.

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  56. mike585 says:

    Thanks, Bren. πŸ™‚

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  57. Barbara says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I love the photography so I will follow you. Cheers!

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  58. Seenorway says:

    ‘Not as young as you used to be’? Well, who is? It’s a technical impossibility! πŸ™‚
    Wish you welcome back to my blog!

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    • mike585 says:

      Ah! An educated man who knows what is technically impossible. Well, I say phooey to impossibilities. πŸ˜‰ Thank you for your comment, and I hope you enjoyed your short visit. Please call in again.

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  59. Stefano says:

    Mike,
    Thank you for stopping by Clicks & Corks and liking my polar bear image: much appreciated.
    I really like your blog, which I am now following, and your photography (I love foxes, and your collection of images is quite impressive). But I particularly like your about page πŸ™‚ very nicely said, and I like the attitude – plus, persistence (together with patience, I might add) is probably the quintessential virtue of every serious nature photographer πŸ™‚
    Take care

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    • mike585 says:

      Thank you very much, Stefano. I appreciate you stopping by, and particularly your generous comments. Good luck to you, and I hope you continue to enjoy my images. πŸ™‚

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  60. gdmkimages says:

    Hi and thanks for liking one of my posts. You have some really interesting stuff here. will be back to keep abreast of the latest happenings

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  61. Hey Mike, thanks for stopping by to check out my blog, and the follow. It is much appreciated. Looking forward to seeing more from you, πŸ™‚

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  62. akositayex says:

    Congrats! I have nominated your blog for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Dear kitty nominated me and here’s the site for more info. πŸ™‚

    http://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/2013/05/05/very-inspiring-blogger-award-thanks-bette/

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  63. Hillbilly Bob says:

    I bumped in to you walking a black poodle in the marsh,now I see what it’s all about. Good stuff,walk the dog elsewhere now… ;o)

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    • mike585 says:

      Thanks very much for getting in touch, Bob; I appreciate it. You can walk your dog in Hoo Wood. If you are new to the area, Hoo Wood runs along the east side of Wilden Lane – 200 metres from the green gas sub-station at the north end Wilden Lane.

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  64. eric0704 says:

    great stuff! looking forawrd to seeing more of your posts πŸ™‚

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  65. ezrafreeman says:

    Lots of good stuff on this blog– I’m glad I came across it (doing a search for sulfur tuft mushrooms– I found a bunch of orange ones, and I’m trying to figure out whether they are the eating type or not). I’m doing a somewhat similar nature blog that you might be interested in (although I’m in Virginia, USA) at http://yearinthewoods.wordpress.com/. Either way, I’ll be checking in here now and then, interesting writing and great photos!

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  66. Giovanna says:

    Hi there,

    Congratulations!

    I have nominated your blog for the Shine On Award.

    More about this nomination is at….

    http://theweerabbit.wordpress.com/2013/06/02/the-shine-on-award/

    Thanks and good luck!

    Giovanna x

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  67. khanaspector says:

    I received a Sunshine award & in passing it on, have just nominated your blog. You can view it here: http://khanasweb.com/2013/06/10/the-sunshine-award/ . I hope you accept but if you don’t like awards or just don’t have time for them don’t worry, I understand πŸ™‚

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  68. petrel41 says:

    Congratulations, Mike!

    I have nominated your blog for the Most Influential Blogger Award.

    More about this nomination is at

    http://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/2013/06/22/most-influential-blogger-award-thanks-brigid-and-eye-dancers/

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  69. Suzy Blue says:

    Missing your photos lately – hope you’re ok!

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  70. Mike…I’ve really enjoyed looking through your blog and connected with idea that you don’t need to travel far to enjoy nature. I’m doing similarly by blogging about a small park where I live and I thank you for checking out my site. Continued success to you and Wilden Marsh. Al

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  71. Jackie says:

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog! I appreciate it very much. I’ve enjoyed my visit here and I look forward to following your work. πŸ˜€

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  72. Glad you liked my very short post “Where’s The Purple One”, hope to see you again!

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  73. Great blog! Nice to see ‘everyday’ life in our wonderful world that we tend to overlook being given such a pedestal …… and wonderful photographs too.

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  74. Ika says:

    Hi Mike, you have amazing photos. I agree with you that we don’t have to travel far to enjoy nature, I believe anywhere you can find beauty of certain place. We’ll with your area especially the beauty is obvious. I enjoyed scrolling thru you photos and look forward for update on your area. Greetings from a Bali, Indonesia. Ika.

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  75. Uncle Spike says:

    Hello newest Spikey! I know, a bit corny, eh, but that’s the term that has come to stick for those folk who are part of the clan known to be followers of Uncle Spike πŸ™‚

    Thank you… I really appreciate that as I for one, know how many interesting and entertaining blogs are out there.

    My aim is to deliver an eclectic offering of posts, from my β€˜point n shoot’ attempts at basic photography, to the sharing of my travel adventures over the decades, as well as day to day happenings here on the farm. Oh, plus a few observations on life as I see it, thrown in for good measure.

    My promise to you is not to be overbearing, just a couple of posts a day, maybe 3 at weekends if I have something special to share. But if you are at a loose end one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too. I have added plenty of categories to help in said digging process.

    Thanks again and hope you have a great day…

    UNCLE SPIKE

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    • mike585 says:

      Thank you for your response, Uncle Spikey. I was drawn by your blog title, for it is also the name of my trusted and loyal friend and companion. I reasoned that someone with the same name as my well trained Cocker Spaniel must surely be worth reading about. I expect great things and suffer little. I am glad to make your acquaintance.

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      • Uncle Spike says:

        Winner of best response goes to… πŸ™‚
        A CS called Uncle Spike -now that’s cool.

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      • mike585 says:

        He’s a cool dog, that’s for sure. πŸ™‚ At times, he’s a useful amateur photographer’s mate. Uncle Spike is a dog that never barks outside the house, unless he is giving notice of his intention to tear an intruder apart; so far, he has only given warnings….

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  76. Debi says:

    Hi, Mike! I’ve given you an award for your incredible blog. You may or may not accept awards and that’s okay, but I have really come to enjoy your posts and learning all about the marsh and Hoo Wood. If you’d like to have the award just pop by my blog and pick it up. Thanks so much for sharing so much about your environment! Best – Debi

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  77. James Keegan says:

    Thank you for following my blog Mike. I really like what you have going here and must say that I am a little envious of your profession as well. Keep up the good work!

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    • mike585 says:

      Thank you for your comment and for following my blog, James. You have an interesting blog, which is why I am following you. Let’s hope we can both keep it up.

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  78. I am so thrilled I can across your blog! I am an ardent lover of nature and spend every free moment I can outside. So much of my writing is inspired by nature. I look forward to following your adventures! πŸ™‚

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  79. twobrownfeet says:

    Lovely photography, Mike! It must be a surreal experience to live in the outdoors and capture wildlife up close!

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    • mike585 says:

      Thank you! I have to say, though, the phrase β€œliving with nature” is not to be taken literally; I live in a brick built house on the edge of Hoo Wood and Wilden Marsh. πŸ˜‰ I wouldn’t like people to think that I live in a bender on the bank of North Pond. Having said this, I do sometimes feel that I live a surreal existence on the marsh and in the woods.

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  80. Tony says:

    Hello Mike, just popped by from naturestimeline as I noticed your name showed up on a past post or two. I will follow the wilden marsh blog forthwith.

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  81. This is wonderful and I look forward to following!

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  82. Elisa Ruland says:

    I’m enjoying your nature photography – you have a great blog here.
    elisa

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  83. Jessica says:

    Hi there. Your photographs are so wonderful. I just want to let you know that I nominated you for a blogging award. Here it is if you’d like to check it out. If this is an award-free blog, I understand. Feel free to answer on my post instead if you’d like or just skip it if you’d rather. https://unmeasuredjourneys.com/2017/06/14/blogging-friends/ Thank you.

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