Making memories

One of my greatest pleasures in life is spending time with my husband and children, outside in the fresh air. Not really doing anything, just being together and walking, letting the children explore. Its not something we get to do often. Weekends are mainly taken up by my husband working Saturdays, and my son playing football and us visiting family on Sundays. So when we found ourselves with a free Sunday, we decided to spend it exploring a new and undiscovered place (to us anyway!).

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By the time we were all up, bathed and organised it was past lunchtime, and the weather was cool and overcast. Perfect for a walk!

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With lots of trees to climb and mud and leaves to squish about in the children were in their element! Lots of imaginative play opportunities, and plenty of space to run around and explore. And of course, me with my camera 🙂 The perfect Sunday afternoon!

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The only disappointment was that my son arranged to go to his friend’s house instead of coming with us. He would have loved it! But it gives us good reason to visit again 🙂

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Wildlife and walking

Some of you may have seen my very first “live” video on my Facebook page this morning. I’ll be honest with you, its something I had dreaded doing. For some reason I had a real fear of putting myself out there, on video, telling the world “This is where I am right now, this is my life”. But I wanted to share something with you all, my past clients, my potential clients, my friends and family, and those that just like my photography. I wanted you to see me, as a real person. Not just someone on the end of an email or message.

So for this first glimpse into my world, I decided to share something that I love. Just me, my camera, the fresh air and the wildlife. One of my favourite places in the world. I don’t get to walk there as much as I once did, life has got a whole lot busier these past few years. But that just makes me appreciate it all the more.

Today was a good day. The sun was shining, although it was still cold. In some places the frost still settled on the long grass and the fallen leaves.

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But the wildlife was out in force.

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Sometimes I can walk this route, hear the birds singing in the trees but not see anything at all. But not today 🙂 Today it was as if the birds knew I hadn’t walked there for a while, so they came out to greet me. At the start of my walk I could see the rooks in their trees, all squabbling and flapping around. As I walked further I could hear a Great spotted woodpecker drumming on the trees. I didn’t glimpse one today, they are quite elusive. But I know they are around.

Green woodpeckers were abundant. Herons were flying around between the trees where they nest and the canal. Lots of small birds were flying from tree to tree, or pecking around the ground.

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A little owl was roosting in a tree. I have seen them many times now, but I always get that little thrill of excitement when I spot their little forms huddled on a fence post or in a hollow tree. Such tiny little birds, so well camouflaged and not at all easy to spot!

But my real treat came when I reached the dam. Its my favourite place to be. To just sit on the bench and watch the water, or stand by the fence and hope to catch a glimpse of a weasel or stoat (both of which I have seen there previously), a fox, or the terrapin that lives in the canal there. Or, if I’m really lucky, my favourite of all the creatures I encounter there. The kingfisher. There is a nesting pair that live and fish on this stretch of canal. They are very active, and often you will just hear a tell-tale piercing whistle and then see a flash of blue as one darts by. But sometimes they will sit for a while and fish.

Today when I arrived there was no sign. I settled down to wait, and a Little egret came down to join me, so I contented myself with photographing it.

As I turned to leave I caught that unmistakable blue and orange plumage out of the corner of my eye. There sat the kingfisher. Closer than I have seen him for a good while. He sat just the other side of the fence, and seemed unconcerned as I stood and watched him. The light was against me, he couldn’t have chosen a worse spot from that point of view! But I did my best to capture him. Then I just stood and watched as he dived into the water and caught a fish. Then all of a sudden he let out that whistle, and off he flew. Leaving me feeling happy and content, that he had allowed me such a good view of him and had seemed so comfortable with my presence.

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Welcoming spring

I love spring! It’s so colourful, with the new leaves just coming out on the trees, the blossom and the flowers starting to bloom. The newborn lambs bounding around in the fields and the birds gathering nesting materials. The season of new beginnings, new life. It’s one of my favorite times of year! One of the best things about spring though, is the bluebells!

I’m lucky enough to live in a beautiful part of the country. Kent, the garden of England. 5 minutes drive and I’m at the beach, 5 minutes in the other direction and I’m in the countryside. Wooded areas abound, and with them comes that carpet of lavender blue that is known and loved the world over. I’m truly blessed.

  
My husband and I took our 2 year old son for a walk in one of these wooded areas a few days ago. The sun was shining, but it wasn’t too hot. The perfect conditions for a leisurely walk in the woods! Of course, I took my camera with me. I can never pass up an opportunity to make and capture memories with my family.

  
My little man was in such a happy mood. He played and posed for me, pausing to spot and delight in the local wildlife. Seeing everything through his toddler-sized view fills me with wonder. Everything is new and exciting. A ladybird is an exotic and wonderous creature, a bee buzzing past is loud and enchanting. The flowers are like miniature works of art to be admired and gasped over. I truly learn so much from watching him, and getting down to his level!

  
Of course, a walk in the woods wouldn’t be complete without playing the Gruffalo. Daddy was more than happy to play the part. So much fun to be had! 

  

I loved my little family walk, and all those gorgeous colours. I’ll be offering a limited number of bluebell mini shoots soon, so watch this space!
Kelly.x