Giant Asian Mantis

I tried my hand at a bit of macro recently but wanted to shoot something a little bit different. So I attended a ‘North Western Wildlife Workshop‘ held at Appleton’s Exotics in Wigan which was facilitated by Roy Rimmer and Mike Hudson. I had asked before I went if there were any Mantis available to…

The Very ‘Common Blue’

A morning at Leighton Moss nature reserve provided a spectacle of Common Blue Damselflies, swarming around the causeways in the warm summer sun. They were present in their thousands, some looking for mates, some paired-up whilst others were seen ovipositing in the ponds and waterways. Photographing these insects is difficult in the sense that they…

In Search of Dragons

I spent half a day at Brockholes nature reserve where the intention was to find and photograph a number of species of Dragonflies that inhabit the reserve. I had spoken to a couple of people on the reserve Facebook page and was given some good, detailed information so I created myself a map and off…

Harvest Mice

I spent a few hours with Mike Hudson in his barn with a collection of Harvest mice. These tiny little creatures are incredibly difficult to photograph in the wild so using a captive subject was probably the only way I was going to photograph these animals. Mike collected a selection of wild props to use…

Bugs and Butterflies

Another wander with the macro lens, this time in Marble Quarry at Slack Head nr Milnthorpe. I went in search of the miniature critters of this world and it took me a while to tune into their micro world and find where they were hiding. It’s a different world to ours where things are easy…

Autumn Fruits

Had a little woodland stroll this afternoon and took just the one lens – my 100mm macro. I wanted to capture the flavour of Autumn then I took it literally and started looking for the fruits, fungi and other foodstuff that will be gathered up to get the local wildlife through their winter. Below is…