Nature Photography from Somerset and beyond

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Lincoln at night

Last week I took a trip with photo club to Lincoln for a night time photography session. Although buildings and night time are not 2 subjects that I spend much (if any) time photographing it was interesting to have the opportunity to try something a bit different.

Here are my favourite phtotos from the evening.

March 1, 2013   1 Comment

Invertebrates

After 3 days of rain, drizzle and fog I am waiting expectantly to get out into the woods to look for fungi when/if we have a break in the weather.

If I do get out into the woods expect me to post some pictures some time in the spring!

In the meantime here are some insects that I photographed earlier in the year as a little reminder of our almost summer.

October 10, 2012   No Comments

Cornwall

At the beginning of September we spent a week in a caravan on the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall.

The weather was fantastic and although I didn’t take alot of photos here are a few from Covereack and Mullion Cove.

September 20, 2012   No Comments

Thurlbear

Back in July during one of the few sunny days of the summer I visted Somerset Wildlife Trusts reserve at Thurlbear Wood near Taunton with a work experience student to undertake some botanical surveys. The reserve is a wonderful mix of oak/ash woodland and wildflower rich glades.

Although a bit of a distant memory Mid-Summer is a great time of year at the reserves with many flowers such as scabious in their full glory and plenty of burnet moths and marbled whites on the wing.

Here are a few photos of some of the flowers and insects as a pleasant reminder that the summer wasn’t all rain as the weather cools and we head into the autumn.

September 12, 2012   No Comments

Street Heath

A quick update with a couple of pictures of a four-spotted chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) taken between showers near Street Heath on the Somerset Levels. With the overcast conditions and frequent rain the light was not brilliant but as they are the first dragonflies I have managed to photograph this year I thought I would share them anyway.

 

August 22, 2012   No Comments

Red Arrows – Lyme Regis

Last weekend the Red Arrows visited Lyme Regis as part of Lifeboat Week. We took a family trip down to watch from Langmoor Gardens. Here are some pics from the afternoon.

August 3, 2012   2 Comments

Newark

Changes at work have led me to having to spend time in parts of the country which I haven’t explored in the past.

I’m looking forward to exploring parts of the east midlands over the coming months but here are a few photos from alongside the Trent in Newark, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust’s Whisby Nature Park and and Besthorpe Reserve managed by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.

July 3, 2012   No Comments

Dartmoor

Towards the end of May this year I visted Dartmoor for what I think was the first time.

Despite having four days there, unsurprisingly, the weather was not brilliant.

I managed a couple of trips out with the camera and these are the results.

I was really hoping for some clear skies for night time photography. I guess I’ll have to have another holiday there and keep my fingers crossed for the weather.

June 17, 2012   No Comments

Ringdown, Yarty Moor and More

Having recently moved house to a different part of the county I was pleased to discover that my route home from the office now takes me directly past Somerset Wildlife Trust reserve at Yarty Moor and it is an almost insignificant detour to visit another of their reserves at Ringdown.

Both reserves are typical of the blackdown hills in particular the springs and seepages associated with the geology of the area.

We started our visit exploring ringdown the reserve has a rich and diverse flora associated with the complex geology ranging from meadows with frequent orchids, bugle and luzula

meadow-ringdown

to mires with rare fungi such as Mitrula paludosa. This specimen is one of only 5 records of this species in the county and the first outside of Exmoor.

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another treat for us at ringdown was this sexton or burying beetle (Nicrophorus sp.) and the first time I have ever seen. this genus burys carcasses of small mammals and birds and one buried lays their eggs on the corpse.

sexton-beetle-nicrophorus-sp-ringdown

Yarty Moor is part of the wider Deadman SSSI and is one of the best examples of a mixed valley mire in the county. Full of bog pools and wet grassland. With species such as the round leaved sundew present.

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Overall these are 2 fantastic and somewhat hidden reserves that I am keen to return to to see interesting rarities such as Bogbean and Pale Butterwort when they come into flower.

June 2, 2012   No Comments

Spring has sprung

Green-Winged Orchid

What with babies, house moves, new(ish) jobs and rather too much miserable weather I haven’t had as much time as I would like for either getting out to take photos or update my blog.

With the sun begining to think about shining and the counties wildflowers showing their heads it is time to share some of this years photos. Hopefully with brighter weather ahead there will be plenty more to follow soon.

 

May 16, 2012   No Comments