Posts Tagged ‘nature reserve’

“He who plants kindness, grows love…”

How do you start a blog entry when it’s been so long….it feels odd to just be writing words as they come out of my head. Instead of writing for an essay, an assessment at work, a Christmas card…something planned. 2016 has been a busy year with its ups and downs, trials and tribulations, times for sadness and times for celebration.

It seemed fitting to spend the first free hours that we’d had in a long time, on the meadow. So that’s where we found ourselves on Boxing Day, surveying the many trees that my Dad had spent the Autumn and Winter planting.

The meadow is a place where you can renew. Your energy, yourself, your memories. It’s a place that never changes in many ways, and yet advances and matures in many others. It’s a place that you can rely on. It is by far one of my most favourite places. This year I stored up memories and moments to recapture and recall when I felt that I may need them most.

One of those memories and moments was when we were speeding across the Gulf of Mexico in a boat with dolphins chasing us. I thought, ‘When life gets tough, remember this moment when everything was okay, and the bad bits were forgotten.’ The meadow is full of scenes prepared and stored, ready for conjuring up when most needed. Boxing Day’s time down there was no exception.

This is what happens when you ask two dogs to smile….

So the tree planting is almost complete. Only another few hundred to go…the meadow is looking full already and some of the photos show the contrast between the trees that were first planted when my parents got the meadow, to the ones that are just being put in now. A lot has changed in the years since the meadow was acquired…

The next project is nesting boxes – owls, bats, birds…all the best creatures! I can’t wait to ‘borrow’ my Dad’s extra awesome telephoto lens and sit and wait for the Kingfisher to come by again. He/She makes a regular appearance already but with some patience, fantastic shots can be caught. Just ask my Mum who snapped away with her point and shoot camera a few weeks ago and put me to shame!

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“Who could be so lucky? Who comes to a lake for water and sees the reflection of moon.”
― Rumi

I absolutely love water, and one of my favourite subjects to photograph is the sea – or indeed lakes. It’s mostly the surroundings rather than anything else that make it relaxing and calming, but looking at the shots afterwards is always quite peaceful. But it has been a long time since I ventured down to the coast. I used to go frequently with the camera, just to shoot randomly whether there was a sunset or stormy skies. But these days life just doesn’t seem to allow the time!


I think though, that I’m saving myself for when I get to go away at the beginning of July to an Island which will of course be surrounded by amazing views and breath-taking coast lines. For now though, it was great today to remember that just around the corner is a nature reserve that holds beautiful lakes and a wonderful walk.

Unfortunately (or fortunately) the area is now designated fragile, and thus dogs have to be kept on leads. I only took Buddy with me, but since he’s used to the meadow and running free, he was a bit perturbed at being yanked back every time he got to the end of his lead. That means it was rare I got a shot that didn’t look like someone had come along and nudged me halfway through!

One of my first greatest achievements photographically, was capturing a shot at the lakes similar to the first ones used in this blog entry. The sky was reflected just perfectly in the water, it was like glass it was so still. I often thought, that by achieving that I had nothing more to photograph in the same location. But the land is ever changing.


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