Monday, 14 July 2014

And More Macro...

I took far too many shots in the meadows and so here are a few more. Mini-beasts and bugs are addictive.

Anyone for Cricket

The meadows are bursting with life at this time of year and here on the Isle of Purbeck we are spoiled for choice. Many different butterflies, moths and skippers compete for your attention, not to mention the crickets, beetles and all manor of mini-beasts.
Macro photography is great fun for everyone, most cameras have good lenses an even mobile phone cameras will give good results. For those unable to walk far, we have the most beautiful meadows that are easily reached by car and only a stones through from the car parks.
Give it a go, you will not regret it.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Purbeck Sea Birds Not Taken On The Isle of Purbeck

These photographs, although not taken on the Isle of Purbeck, are of sea birds that can be seen on the Isle of Purbeck. Getting close to wild birds or animals is always special and I managed to get very close to these birds.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Follow the Icelandic Footprints.

One final shot from Borgarnes in Western Iceland as I will be back on the Isle of Purbeck again tomorrow.
This has been a superb week for me and I hope I haven't bored you too much with my holiday snaps.
There are a few things that I have discovered:
1. Iceland is a wonderful country with wonderful people.
2. You need a car, preferably a 4x4 and a good map.
3. It is bigger than you think.
4. It is also smaller than you think (so work that out!)
5. I need a better landscape lens.
So, I'll sign off from Iceland and normal service will be resumed tomorrow.

The Eagles of Westfjords

White-tailed Eagles are pretty rare in Iceland and their whereabouts are strictly guarded. There are guided tours that can take you to the areas where they are known to be, but as with any nature tour, there is no guarantee. I was very pleased then to spot what I thought was a single eagle, from the road whilst driving to Latrabjarg. When I spotted the second and realised that this was a pair, I was even happier. To then realise that they had a nest and i could clearly see two chicks, well, you can imagine.
These are superb birds to watch and, although they were quite far away and I did not attempt to get closer, it was a real privilege to see them.
The light was changing by the second and I have had to crop these quite a bit, but I am very happy with the results.

The Long Road to Latrabjarg

The pull of the Puffin is strong! Strong enough to make me leave the house at 6 o'clock and drive some 350km, half of which is rough gravel roads, to the western most part of Iceland. Latrabjarg though is worth it, not just for the millions of sea birds that live there but also for the views you get whilst driving what are some of the most difficult roads I have ever been on.
Six hours and some breath-holding moments later, (these tend to happen when the rough road you are on has a 200m sheer drop on your side and a lorry is coming the other way) I arrive at Latrabjarg. It is easy to forget that the people who live in this remote area still need supplies and a lot of these come by road.
Regardless of all this, the road that ribbons its way around inlet after inlet is wonderful. Every turn gives a different view and each view is incredible.
I arrived at Latrabjarg as the Sun was breaking through the clouds and left when it became hidden again. Time enough to enjoy the spectacle and time enough to take the photographs that I wanted to. Guillemots, Razorbills, Kittiwakes, many other species of gull and a few Arctic Skuas were always visible but it was the Puffins that I had come to see and I was not disappointed.
Latrabjarg - 14km long and up to 400m high.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Birth of a Geyser

Iceland is well known for its volatile geothermal activity. In other words, bits of the island keep exploding and everyone gets covered in lava, ash or water.
Geysir is the best place to witness the water bit!  The name of the original 'Geysir' is now used world wide and although it doesn't erupt often, another one very close by is called Strokker and blows its top every 5 - 10 minutes. This is great fun because you get a chance to really go to town on the photographs.