Last year was a brilliant year in many ways, but this winter has been by and large very quiet for me. Lots of time at home in the office, which i have tried to put to good use, but hey ho. For a togger, the weather/light is key, and not too many bright sunny days this winter. Ok,,, you might say 'moaning old git', but as i've said before,,, 'I'm not a birder, i'm a togger with an interest in birds, and that's the end of my weather moan,,, until tomorrow. It has however resulted in my drifting away from wildlife photography, and getting into other things. I've even been in the shed making nesting boxes, and of course that fascinating indoor pursuit of Photoshopping :-] I won't go down that route here, as this is a nature blog.
And what better way to start off a nature blog than with a few fungi shots,,, i can hear the moans from here.
Had several days out butterflying with Adrian and Helen Read, which always proves fruitful, because Helen is blessed with the eyesight normally confined to Golden Eagles or Spadger Hawks, and last summer found us traipsing around Alners Gorse. I can't stress enough the high number of butterfly species found at Alners. If you've never been, then you must go,,, its near the village of Hazelbury Bryan in north Dorset. There was a lot to see on the day.
I also had a pretty good year with the Odonata last year. Getting great shots of most of them, and in particular the Golden-ringed Dragonflies of which three pairs were discovered in a narrow lane not far from Dorchester,,, and some way from running water too. They were mating and carrying on right before my eyes, and the shots were very satisfying.