I have a little tradition that, before any extended time away form my home in Utterby, Lincolnshire, I take a little walk around my local patch to say goodbye. This time, that goodbye felt somewhat more significant, because I’m not just leaving my home village, I’m leaving my home country. Tomorrow, I embark on a journey to the other side of the world for (at least) 5 months. I’ll explore Indochina, volunteer as a documentarian for a marine conservation organisation in the Philippines and backpack the east coast of Australia.
A work colleague had lent me a Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro lens to have a play with before I left. With macro in mind, I knew to head to St Georges church, which is always flooded with snowdrops in early spring. But, as much as I tried, I just couldn’t get all that much inspiration from the snowdrops. What could I do that was different to any photo of a snowdrop I had taken before? I only really got one photo that I was somewhat happy with.
But while taking the above shot, knelt in leaf litter with my head and camera held to the ground, I suddenly felt something tap on my bum…
I looked up, and couldn’t see anything. But glancing down to my side, I appeared to have gained a friend.
I had noticed this robin earlier in the bushes beside me, but I wasn’t expecting to see it foraging just centimeters away from my foot! As I was photographing snowdrops, I had managed to kick up the leaf litter around me, stirring up the mud and revealing some nice juicy worms. Apparently I was playing the roll of wild boar!
Never in my life have I had such a privileged close-up view of a wild bird. These shots are all un-cropped and taken within 20cm or so of the robin.
On my travels I have hopes of seeing everything from elephants, to hornbills to whale sharks. But it’s like this little chap wanted to make sure I didn’t forget the nature on my doorstep. Sometimes the most amazing creatures are the ones that surround us every day, even though we sometimes forget to fully appreciate them.