Opinion

Reconnecting adults with nature

31 Oct , 2017  

6 pictures of birds and trees

There has been a lot of articles about reconnecting children and young people with “nature” and the outdoors; but, what about adults? In a recent survey of 2,000 adults, half couldn’t identify a house sparrow, a quarter didn’t know a blue tit or a starling, and a fifth thought a red kite wasn’t a bird. […]

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Opinion

Quotations

29 Sep , 2017  

It’s Friday so we thought we would try and be intellectual, here are a few of our favourite quotations   “Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints.” -Chief Seattle   “I like animals. I like natural history. The travel bit is not the important bit. The travel bit is what you have to do in […]

Opinion

Tea break

8 Sep , 2017  

Sitting in the garden having a tea break, with birds chattering away in the trees, flying over our heads to get to the hanging feeders, made me think how wonderful the small things in life are. To sit soaking up the sunshine watching the birds, listening to the sounds of nature all round. The small […]

Opinion

Autumn on the doorstep

25 Aug , 2017  

Red Rowan berries

With eight days left of August 2017, perhaps, it’s too soon to be thinking of autumn. But all around us, we’re seeing clear signs of the changing season. Autumn; starts early here in the highlands of Scotland. This year, with its untypical weather patterns, the changes are happening particularly early. All around us are indications […]

News, Opinion, Wildlife

Killer glass

6 Jun , 2017  

Dead male Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus.

Were you expecting a lens review? If so you are you are going to be disappointed. Today we’re talking windows, particularly birds striking windows. We’ve had this problem at previous houses, were birds fly into a window with enough force to stun themselves. But our new house seems to have one window in the kitchen […]

Opinion

Life in the countryside has responsibilities

30 Apr , 2017  

Tractor ploughing field

Factory, power station, housing estate, recreationally facility, storage area a great day out, our countryside has to be many things. Is modern Britain putting too much strain on our open spaces? Before industrialisation most of the population lived in the country. Towns and cities were unhealthy cramped places with no work. But the industrial revolution […]

Opinion

It’s the photographer not the camera

16 Apr , 2017  

Photographer using camera

What is the difference between a great picture and an ordinary picture? Answer, the person taking it. It is certainly not the camera. Many people have said to us, “Oh, I only have a compact camera or my phone.” It doesn’t matter. The important factor is the person behind the camera. Seeing a picture, visualising […]

Events, Opinion

A grand day out (Wallace and Gromit)

17 Feb , 2017  

Sled dog race competitor

Catch me; on the right day and I might admit, I’ve been a photographer for a good many years. Exactly how many, is a closely guarded secret. But when I started, we use to process films using Kodak E4. I suspect most of you won’t have a clue what I’m talking about try Googling Ektachrome. […]

News, Opinion, Wildlife

Cheetahs about to go extinct

30 Dec , 2016  

Cheetah standing

The Cheetah population is crashing, the species is in crisis. This statement fills us with great sadness; another iconic animal is heading to towards extinction. When we heard the news, it sent shivers down our spines. We are privileged to have spent time watching and photographing this truly wonderful big cat. We had a close […]

Opinion, Wildlife

Who’s been eating my peanuts?

21 Nov , 2016  

OK, I’m loose on their blog. I am their guest blogger, letting you know my thoughts and feelings on a range of topics, mostly food, but other things including what they call the Badger Cam. Well it was really cheeky, the other night. There was someone already at the peanuts. Usually I’m the first Badger […]