Tulip on its Own
This picture was taken in April in the famous tulip fields just south of Swaffham. They were so stunning they lent themselves to a number of standard shots, highlighting the magnificent colours against a lovely dramatic sky.
But I wanted to look for something slightly out of the ordinary too and managed to find one tulip “standing out from the crowd.” Displaying different colours to all its close neighbours, it made for a much more interesting image.
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This image is of some beautiful candelabra primulas at Fairhaven Water and Woodland Gardens, South Walsham, in Norfolk. It was shot mid to late morning in June, overlooking South Walsham Broad. It particularly appealed to me, as the flowers were peeping through a gap in the grasses and shrubs, making the broad into a backdrop. The tall flowers became a nice “frame” for the image.
The Kingfisher was taken at Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s Lackford Lakes, a location renowned for great sightings of this beautiful bird, which is one of the most sought-after birds on any nature lover’s list to see, let alone photograph. A window in the weather came up and an early 4.30am alarm call and a one-hour drive saw me arrive at the site before anyone else and well in advance of the sunrise.
I walked a quarter of a mile to the hide and made myself comfortable knowing I could be in for a long wait. To my surprise and joy the kingfisher turned up almost instantly but it was way too dark. Then, as the sun came above the distant horizon, the blue dart turned up again: this time it landed on the closest perch where there was also a nice cobweb. The bird gave me around 60 seconds of photography before again flying off. It was all over before 8am but I left happy.
Single White Bluebell
I was attracted to the uniqueness of the white bluebell and took this picture of it in May, in a private wood in Coltishall on the Norfolk Broads.
I took this image last spring on a Sunday afternoon walk around Captain’s Wood in Sudbourne, near Woodbridge. This wood is owned and managed by Suffolk Wildlife Trust and offers one of the finest displays of bluebells that Suffolk has to offer.
Family of Swans
I was walking at Hickling Broad last May with my wife Alexis and our two children Lewis and Courtney, when I saw this family of swans. I had only recently lost my grandad so decided to dedicate the image to him as it was a photograph liked by many people online.
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