I’m sure there must be many blogs that are dedicated to wildlife photography on smart phones. Smart phones today undoubtedly have quite high spec cameras. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t more than pleased with my Samsung Galaxy S7. It is particularly good at taking macros with little post-editing required. As I’ve been working with an ecologist for the past year or so, I’ve (unwittingly) embarked on an education of pollinators and such like. This is one of the great things about life, you can always learn new things and learn from other people.
Here are some of my favourite phone snaps from the year so far.
15th June – Drone fly (Eristalis tenax) on an Ox-Eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)
1st July – Nigella
24th July – Chrysanthemum
13th August – Female Furrow Spider (Larinioides cornutus)
27th August – Honeybee (Apis mellifera) on Geranium ‘Roseanne’
19th September – Queen Wasp mating with Male Wasp
27th September – Queen Red-Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius)
I went for a day trip to the Cleveland Coast (North Yorkshire) on 25th March. It was glorious weather all day. By far the highlights of the trip were Guisborough Priory and Stockton Infinity Bridge. Naturally, I had the camera with me, and here are some of my favourites.
Guisborough Priory and Gardens, and Church
The impossibly photogenic east end is all that remains of Guisborough Priory.
The present day Guisborough Parish Church pales into insignificance next to its older relative. Undoubtedly some of the masonry from the former priory would have been used in its construction. The Priory Garden was springing into life and looked beautiful in the sunshine.
Stockton-On-Tees Infinity Bridge
Opened in 2009, the Infinity Bridge is a part of the regeneration along the River Tees in the University of Teesside area. It is an impressive and clever design.
The beginning of a journey.
Welcome all to my new blog. I started this blog to share my photographs with a wider audience. On 1st January 2017 I embarked on a 365 day photograph challenge. The aim is to take at least one photograph on every day of the year. It has been done many times before and there are many examples of blogs that have documented this fun challenge. I first heard about the challenge in 2009 from a housemate at university.
Having recently inherited a DSLR, I thought this challenge would be a great way to make use of it, practice using it, and hopefully improve my photography. Please follow to see how I am getting on. Please respect that these photographs are my own and that if you would like to use or share them, you will need to ask for my permission to do so.
Coquet Island, Northumberland, 7th January 2017
In addition, I will be exploring and discovering the less well known spots in the beautiful county of Northumberland on my photographic journey. This segment of the blog will be called, ‘Hidden Northumberland.’ I hope it encourages you to go out and discover the gems of your local patch, too.
A final project (if I ever manage to find time) is to digitise and archive old 35 mm slides belonging to the family. We have 30 years’ worth of slides dating from c. 1960 to 1990 (when slides were all the rage). In the digital age it is important to preserve these precious windows on history. They offer a fascinating glimpse of social history in the mid to late 20th century – when we could only have dreamed of a global digital archive.