Photo Challenge. 26 March 2016.
My good friend and fellow photographer Tim Pryor set me a photo nature challenge on facebook.
Having never done anything like this before, it was a good optotunity to go through my back catalogue and see what l could find.
Now I am the first to admit that, though I love nature and spent 20 years as a National Trust Warden on Dartmoor and Exmoor looking after it in all its wonderful glory, I am not a nature photographer. I never seem to have the time you need to really develop the craft. Nature has to get up front and personal shouting "Look at me!"
Luckily I carry a camera all the time and I have become good at catching the moment. Hopefully I create images that stand on their own merits and give pleasure to others. Then there is the other reason I take pictures, which is to help trigger memories that will last me a lifetime (survival of back ups and prints permitting :0).
I look at these images and I remember brilliant holidays, good food I have eaten from the allotment (and my sons face when he finds the only boiled slug in our Sunday veg), walks with friends, the kindness of people, a wonderful nine years walking to work in between having to commute and laughing at a donkey with my granddaughter.
In short I take pictures to remind how wonderful life can be (maybe not the boiled slug, but it is funny how its always him that finds one).
This is why I really carry a camera.
I hope you enjoy the results.
Yes I know this donkey is not wild nature, but made me laugh.
A young Robin helping me on the allotment. Time to stop weeding and get the camera I thought.
"Horny" toads just being common, and not looking very happy about it. Just outside the back door at home!
Seal pup washed up in Ilfracombe harbour. Rescued, looked after and successfully released.
Exmoor pony, very close and very gentle.
On holiday at Symonds Yat and this late summer,much embattled, Robin just could not be bothered to move.
On a grey Autumn day, walking by a grey canal, I made eye contact with a grey cygnet.
Walking to work past these glorious creatures.
Dogcilla, spotted running wild in Ilfracombe. Part of the microchip your dog campaign run by the Dogs Trust.