Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Roe deer in the bluebells

Roe deer in the bluebells, originally uploaded by mike(toons).

Last weekend I went to a 'Nature Photography Beginners Day' given by Colin Varndell. One message he kept repeating was that the most wonderful light to shoot in is fog.

I looked out at 6.30 this morning - fog!

Having decided to go to Oakfrith Wood to shoot bluebells, at the last minute I packed my old Canon and telephoto lens. It's a crappy bog-standard 75-300mm lens but (sigh) all the glass I can afford at the moment.

After half an hour of wandering around the wood taking misty morning photos of bluebells I spotted a roe deer buck. It also spotted me but wasn't sure what I was. When it disappeared behind a tree trunk, I frantically swopped cameras and then (hand held) got some shots.

The deer did come closer and I took more shots but this is my favourite composition.

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Imber village: Imber Court

Imber village: Imber Court, originally uploaded by mike(toons).

Imber village is in the middle of Salisbury Plain and was commandeered by the army in 1943. They promised to return it to the villagers after Herr Hitler had been defeated. The army reneged on their promise.

Imber village: Imber Court notice

On certain days during the year the MoD opens the roads across the Plain for people - including surviving village inhabitants - to visit Imber.

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