- Self EmployedPhotographer, present
- European Vinyls CorporationManagement Accountant
- Lucas IndustriesAccountant's Assistant
- Self EmployedEquestrian Services
Academically I studied a wide variety of subjects at school before specialising to study Physics, Chemistry & Biology to advanced level. At University my top specialities were Nutrition, Physiology & Biochemistry. I subsequently worked in Industry gaining Managerial, Accounting & Computing experience before leaving to start my own business and follow my dreams.
My photography has been published across much of the world. Here in the UK you may have seen it in publications as diverse as The Sun & the Telegraph or Countrylife & BBC magazines. Whilst not motivated by competition, I occasionaly enter such and have received a variety of awards from organisations, competitions & exhibitions.
When I'm not behind the camera I can be found working to improve the bio-diversity on & around our small farm in the foothills of southern Snowdonia or spending time with my horse.
To look at some of my recent images why not visit my galleries at Natures Universe
- Stowe School, Buckingham1981 - 1986
- University of Reading
- Lindisfarne College, Ruabon
Well after a calm mild & sunny start, November really has livened up a bit. The wind & rain has rapidly changed the landscape, ground carpeted with russet leaves, trees bared and rivers swollen.
Here's a picture of the north end of the farm this afternoon.
And you can always keep an eye on how that rainfall is mounting up, with our weather station's historical data page:
#autumn #weather #wales
For all the occasions that a beautiful wildlife photo opportunity presents itself there are many more situations that just don't quite turn out that way. However, failing to find that shot doesn't have to make the experience any the less rewarding.
Yesterday was just such an occurrence. I spotted this little female Goldcrest in the hedgerow we planted for Tamsin's birth. You'd think that we'd regularly have Goldcrest about but this was the first one I've seen on the farm. So pleased to see Britain's smallest bird, here, even if she did stay hidden deep in the hawthorn.
#conservation #birdphotography #wales
These little guys don't take long to appear skimming across the surface of any suitable pool of water. I guess we're all pretty used to them, Pond Skaters (Gerris lacustris), but when you get up close & personal, they're pretty amazing creatures.
They can use their middle legs to paddle whilst the hind ones steer, leaving the shorter front pair to grab prey. Speaking of which, if you were a small bug you'd really want to stay clear of their beak like mouthparts. But those dull red golf balls for eyes are the most striking part for me.
Oh and if the pond dries up, they can just spread their wings & fly off to find another one. So Ladies & Gentlemen, I give you the humble Pond Skater ...
#macrophotography #insectphotography #bugs
In yesterdays autumn sunshine the riverside meadow was reverberating to the melody of bird song, the rasps of grasshoppers and the buzz of dragonflies. As dusk fell, soft mists started to roll across the view, the evening chill spreading a quieter calm across the area.
One of the areas of the farm that we've particularly targeted as a nature zone has been the river banks & floodplain.
We fenced the river banks some years ago in the hope that vegetation would grow up between the trees & create a wildlife corridor. The riverside meadow has had only light grazing, timed to push in any flower seed after it has been shed. Here's a few pictures:
#conservation #nature #wales
Did you know that the main way in which Moths & Butterflies smell, is by using their antennae? Their antennae are covered in olfactory sensors (hairs, pits & scales) that are incredibly sensitive. Some male moths can detect the pheromones of a female from more than a mile away.
Pictured here are some macro images of a Feathered Thorn moth (an October flying species in Wales). The large multi-lensed compound eye and hair covered antennae are particularly striking.
For a bit of a Halloween moment, put on some 3D vision glasses (the red / cyan type) and take a full-screen gander at the anaglyph picture I've included :D
#macromonday #moths #anaglyph
I remember being advised, as a child on family holiday in Scotland, that it would not be a good idea to put any more rocks in our car boot; lest it cause an automotive mishap.
Recently, I haven't really indulged my interest in Rocks & Minerals enough and it's a thing I'd like to get back in to; by taking / posting the occasional photograph of interesting samples and formations.
So here we have a piece of Celestine or Strontium Sulphate, one of the key sources of Strontium and named for it's delicate pale blue. The mineral is found across the world including USA, Madagascar & Poland. Strontium the element is named after a village in Scotland.
#minerals #geology #blue #mineralogy