My venture into ‘Wildlife’..

Yes, I like wildlife but I’m not very good at being ‘up close’ to it. So it was with some trepidation that I set off with my friend Chris to Rainham Marshes to see what photo’s we could take. Well Rainham Marshes is great for those that love bird spotting but I’m not sure that it’s something that I will be doing a lot of of at this stage of my photography but, who knows what the will happen in the future!

In any case I do not have a good enough lens to handle small or come to that large birds at a distance. So yes, I’m now saving up for a better zoom lens that will handle the distances and also because I don’t want to take a tripod along with me I really need Image Stabilization which of course increases the cost of the lens!!

Anyway, although I did take some photo’s of birds they really aren’t very good so although I’ll post one here for you I’m not at all happy with it but I did come across some other little creatures living in the marshes.

The flower at the top is of the wild Chicory and there was quite a lot around and it does make for a a pretty photo. The photo’s below are of the Water Vole which we were very lucky to see as there are not that many around and are not seen that often. The Marsh frogs are in abundance down there but not that easy to see in the water with the reeds around them but I did manage to get a couple or so shots of them and we saw a few of the Speckled Wood Butterflies..

That’s all for this post. As the weather is so miserable and grey at the moment I’m not sure when I’ll get out to take some more photo’s but I do hope it will be soon. In the meantime thanks for visiting and take care.


Flowers on a Monday…

When I logged on to my PC Monday morning I had an email waiting for me from a friend saying that he was, subject to the weather staying good, going to take his mother out for the day and visit a couple of places nearby to where I live and did I want to join them.

Going out and taking photo’s is much more exciting than staying indoors doing housework!! Anyway I couldn’t join them in the morning but come the afternoon off I went to Hyde Hall. I have been there a few times but it’s a place where the gardens are always changing throughout the year with the different seasons.

This visit was no different from previous visits in that there are so many photo opportunities to take photo of flowers and I’m showing a few here. The one at the top of the post is of an old pair of boots that they had placed at bottom of a post and was used for planting although I must say the plants in them weren’t looking too good!! However from these other photo’s you will see how bright and cheerful it is there although signs of Autumn are around the corner….

I have at long last added some photo’s into my gallery and you’ll find them on my web page by clicking on the photo’s on the right hand side of the page. I will add some more soon and also come back to see my next posting of a visit I had to Rainham Marshes and their wildlife!!

That’s all for now – take care and I’ll see you soon.