Hi! My name is Mike.
Nature and nature photography are my current passions. I don’t feel inclined to travel far to get my nature fix. Travelling takes time and time is a precious commodity in my world. Exploring local fauna and flora is 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 enjoy my own company and that of my dog, Spike: a black Welsh Cocker Spaniel with an excellent singing voice. I too am Welsh, but I don’t sing well – whistling is more my thing. I am a Celt, with archetypal Celtic traits such as stubbornness, persistence, and inquisitiveness.
I’m not in the first flush of youth, nor am I decrepit. 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 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 concentrated on running forward, instead of in every which way, he would beat me paws-down.
All in all, I am fortunately sound in mind and body. Those that know me might suggest I provide documentary evidence of my mental health claim, but I don’t have it.
Watching nature is fun, and 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 journey, along which I record the main subtle changes see during my interactions with the fauna and flora of Wilden Marsh and Hoo Wood throughout seasons and years. I hope to convey my 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 – well, that’s the plan. I will manipulate images as I see fit.
My ability to identify all species I photograph correctly is not reliable. I will work on the principle that the more species I incorrectly identify, the more I am likely to identify correctly in the end. I’m neither embarrassed nor belittled by being wrong.
I hope you enjoy my journey.
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