Life on the wild side

by Helen Hooker June. 13, 2018 831 views
Lilies and reflections

Lilies and reflections

Today saw the second of my photography workshops at Hatfield Forest today. It was a most enjoyable day and I loved being able to help my student take control over her camera to make better photos. Naturally I spent most of my time taking photos to illustrate concepts and settings rather than great works of art and the only shot I felt worthy of publication was a picture I took on the decoy lake where there some beautiful reflections.

"Who said you could take my photo?!"

"Who said you could take my photo?!"

After I’d bade farewell to my student I had a couple of hours of freedom before our staff barbecue so I went for a stroll to hunt for wildlife. Yet again, my attempt to find our grebe family proved unsuccessful but I found plenty of other creatures. I encountered the Canada Geese relaxing by the lake. Initially they were a little wary of me so I sat quietly on a nearby bench for a few minutes to show I wasn’t a threat. This seemed to placate them and they settled down again, allowing me to take some photos of their two goslings.

Sharing a tasty morsel

Sharing a tasty morsel

In the fishermen’s shelter I found swallows nesting among the rafter. Judging by the comings and goings their eggs have already hatched but I only saw the most fleeting glimpse of them, contenting myself with a picture of one of the adults.

From there I headed back to the decoy lake where I’d seen a pair of coots with their young family. Hiding behind some plant cover I watched spellbound as they lovingly fed their offspring. Occasionally they appeared in a large enough gap among the greenery for me to catch a clean shot of family life.

Baby coots are such scruffy little creatures - it's hard to believe this little bundle of fluff will soon be as smart is its parents.

Baby coots are such scruffy little creatures - it's hard to believe this little bundle of fluff will soon be as smart is its parents.

Feeding time

Feeding time

Finally I wandered back across the grass, stopping to observe the rabbits. Once again, one of the younger animals showed some trust in me and continued to graze as I crept closer. Remembering some of tips I’d shared earlier in the day about shooting from your subject’s point of view I laid down on the grass and quietly shuffled towards the rabbit. By the time I took my photos I had my chin among the blades of grass, allowing me to truly capture a bunny’s eye view!

Seeking out the tastiest blades of grass

Seeking out the tastiest blades of grass

Munch, munch!

Munch, munch!

13 June 2018

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Basiek Basiek 1 year, 3 months ago

#1! I love it! like an artistic painting!

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David Swatton 1 year, 3 months ago

Love the reflection of the tree in #1. Congrats for the photo workshop.

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Antonio Gil 1 year, 3 months ago

Lovely pictures as always. First one seems like a painting

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Kenny H 1 year, 3 months ago

Great take on wildlife Helen, and Monet would be jealous of your lily pads.

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