Nature Connections Day Four – 30 Days Wild
The 1st June marked the start of the Wildlife Trust’s 30 Days Wild Campaign, an initiative set up to help promote a connection with the natural world. The campaign encourages participants to seek out ‘random acts off wildness’ everyday for the month of June.
This year I thought I would take part photographically with a daily photograph and blog post that represents my connections with the natural world.
I decided to get up early this morning and head down to Ramsholt. The sunrise didn’t look too promising so I waited a little and headed out about 5am. By the time I arrived on Ramsholt Quay the sun had been up for half and hour, the sky had cleared to a pale blue and the light across the river was lovely.
I used to live at Ramsholt, on the hill behind the pub, so I know the area really well. I have walked the river path with my camera many times and taken numerous compositions but it is still fun (if not a little challenging) trying to seek out something new that I haven’t taken before.
After stopping at the quay for a while I headed along the river wall towards the sluice and the little white cottage which sits on the edge of the wood. I have always loved this little house and it has featured in many of my images from this location. I climbed the river bank and found a viewpoint which I hadn’t explored before. The waters in the adjacent pool were still and reflective and the numerous shades of green on the surrounding trees looked amazing in the low morning light.
As I took a few shots I was joined by a cuckoo which perched in the uppermost branches of a nearby silver birch tree and called out his greeting to the wider world.
Recently I have begun to run a series of workshops which have nature connection as their central theme. These ‘Part of the Landscape’ sessions are accompanied by a free workbook which is all about contemplative photography and connecting with the landscape.