Winter light on the Peak Forest canal

It’s all about the light It seems to me photography is nothing else if not about the light. It also seems to me that light is the single and most fundamental ‘component’ when taking a photograph. No light and there’s no picture. The importance of light is brought home to me every day I walk […]

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The Mandarin, The Robin and The silhouette in the tree.

An unusual title for a blog post I suppose the title of this blog post is a little unusual. The post follows a recent trip to a local haunt of ours –  Etherow County Park,  a nature reserve close to home and a place I most recently wrote about in November. You can read that […]

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Winter walks along the river Tame

Always the same and always different As much as there is to be said about walking in different places and in taking different routes, I would have to say, that one of the things I have enjoyed over the years is taking a familiar route along the river and canal on a regular basis and […]

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The Great Spotted Woodpecker

The Great Spotted Woodpecker. A few weeks ago, in mid-December, I wrote about spotting the Great Spotted Woodpecker. Yesterday whilst out walking and in the same location, and that my wife and I call Woodpecker Gate, I saw him again and managed to grab a few pictures. I won’t write in detail about the woodpecker […]

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Snowy Robin Redbreast winter scenes

Who doesn’t like the robin There are probably very few people who don’t enjoy the sight of the Robin Redbreast and it’s fair to say that it’s one of my favourite birds. I recently wrote a blog post Little Robin Redbreast and I did mention in that post that although the robin is very much […]

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Christmas at Dunham Massey – the after dark trail

The after dark trail We are fairly frequent visitors throughout the year to the National Trust property at Dunham Massey and were there again last weekend for the annual Christmas light show along the after dark trail. We went to the light show last year and really enjoyed it. In fact we enjoyed it so […]

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Little Robin Redbreast – a common sight

A regular sight The Robin Red Breast is almost as common a sight as any other bird on my daily walk, and it’s hard to think of day when a robin isn’t to be seen. Although the European robin is associated with Christmas he is fact an all year round bird. It’s worth saying as […]

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Spotting the Great Spotted Woodpecker

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Spotting the Spotted Woodpecker There are three species of woodpecker that breed in the UK: the green woodpecker; the lesser spotted woodpecker and the great spotted woodpecker. The Lesser Spotted is a declining species of woodpecker whilst the great spotted and the green are pretty common and can be found across the UK, although I […]

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