What a wild and wonderful start to the New Year. Exploring winter trees with children from two Bristol schools, a magical starling murmuration for the Peoples Trust for Endangered Species and working with Wildlife Skills trainees to develop photography skills for future employment.
And being upstaged by a kingfisher!
A seahorse of starlings on the Somerset Levels – murmuration magic. And then the starling cloud flew right in front of us .
Through the autumn and winter I’ve been working with two schools in Bristol exploring the trees & wildlife in their school grounds. So many beautiful images & discoveries by the children during our autumn session – would winter offer as much inspiration?
Well it was certainly cold, but that didn’t stop the children’s observation, exploration & creativity. Discovering the textures, tones, colours and sounds of winter and even a few ladybirds and two frogs! Wood & foliage photos by children
Exquisite observation of winter colours by pupil (aged 9)
Branching Out in Bristol – A little tree-ativity to end our Wild Wonder session
Then I was upstaged by a kingfisher!
Working with the Devon, Somerset, Dorset & Wiltshire Wildlife Trust I was delivering a photography tuition session to the 20 Wildlife Skills trainees (a year-long bursary to equip trainees with skills needed to gain employment in conservation). Mid flow in my introductory talk, a bird ringer walked in and announced they had just caught a kingfisher – did we want to see it?
Close-up experiences like this don’t come along too often!
Moments later, the kingfisher was ready for release. Wow – such a beautiful encounter.
How do you follow that! Exposure compensation!
A huge thanks to everyone at Waycroft & Wansdyke Schools, everyone at Wildlife Skills (below in silly hats!) and PTES for a wild & wonderful start to 2015