Monday, 19 March 2018

Snow on the Purbeck

We don't get snow here on the Isle of Purbeck very often but this year we have had a good covering twice in as many weeks. Unfortunately for everyone with a camera the skies have been grey and gloomy and that really does nothing to make a good photo. It doesn't stop us getting out and about of course and every local landmark gets a visit from every photographer wanting that perfect snow shot.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Tuesday: and all was calm

There was a little fire in the sky at dawn this morning but by the time I had reached the cliffs clouds had settled and it seemed that the Sun wasn’t really sure whether to bother breaking through or not. Although the paths were clear, mud and puddles were evidence of the weather we have had and the footprints of weekend wanderers were joined by a single Roe Deer print! Either I am not as good a tracker as I thought, or we have a one-legged deer on the patch. I think I know which one is true!
So as I continued my way along the cliff path I pondered the obvious existence of a one-legged deer and marvelled at my incredible tracking skills.
There was a quiet to the morning though, almost the lull before a storm but without the storm. It wasn’t silent of course: Jackdaws were calling as they patrolled the cliff edge, Guillemots and Razorbills splashed as they washed the worst of the night away and a couple of Dunnocks were trying to out sing each other. These are sounds that I am used to up here but it seemed that if I concentrated, really concentrated, maybe I could just about hear the Adder as she made her way across the mud towards her favourite sunbathing spot.
Well maybe not but you get the point, up on the cliffs this morning it was as lovely as always and all was calm.

Friday, 9 March 2018

Friday: Day four at the Castle

Ok so not every day on the Isle of Purbeck is blue skies and sunshine so instead of a cloudy grey shot from the castle I thought I would post one of the photographs that has got a few 'oohs' and 'aahs' from people who have visited, and the story behind it.

I’ll start with the Puffin, a bird that I am happy to admit that I have an addiction to. I have travelled to many places in order to get close to these birds because the few that stay on the Isle of Purbeck during the summer are very difficult to photograph. 

This Puffin was seen on our trip to The Shetlands last year after a trek to the most northerly point of the most northerly inhabited island in the United Kingdom. The path took us across heathland, through the nesting sites of the infamous Bonxie to cliffs high above the sea and views towards the rock stack of Muckle Flugga with its lighthouse. When we got there, it was blowing a hoolie making it difficult for us but good for the hundreds of Gannets that surfed the winds just off from the cliff edge. The Gannet was one of the other birds that I had come here to photograph but there was a hint of disappointment that there were no Puffins. We sat on an outcrop just above the cliff edge, opened a flask of coffee, watched the skies and the sea far below. It was then that a Puffin appeared from a hole in the ledge we were sitting on and walked between my legs before flying off to find food. We moved back a little and waited a little longer before this one returned with a bill full of fish and disappeared below ground and out of sight.
For me it is impossible to see these wonderful little birds without smiling! 

Monday, 5 March 2018

Purbeck: Up Close and Personal

For the next three weeks I have an exhibition at Durlston Country Park which is a superb place right on the southeastern point of the Isle of Purbeck. Today was set-up day and I managed to hang 44 framed prints showing the incredible diversity of wildlife that can be found here.
Openeing hours are from 10am to 4pm and I will be up there on most days if I can.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Snow Days

We do not often get bothered by snow down here on the Isle of Purbeck but when we do it changes everything. This last few days has seen the whole country in the grip of weather that some places take for granted but that we really have trouble with. It all started with the cold: temperatures dropped and a fierce wind blew from the east.
When the snow first came it was localised, with areas just a few miles away untouched but today this changed and everything became white, windswept and difficult. Roads were blocked, buses and trains cancelled tales of long drives home filled the news. For me, it meant time out with the camera and although today was never going to be blue skies and wonderful it was great to get out in unfamiliar weather.

Snow on the Purbeck

We don't get snow here on the Isle of Purbeck very often but this year we have had a good covering twice in as many weeks. Unfortunately...