Adventures in Photography – Nature Connections Day 5

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 started my day with a workshop at Boyton Marshes which was all about nature connection and was being run to help raise funds for the John Muir Trust via their ‘Journey for Wildness’ Campaign. 

After a really lovely few hours on the marshes I headed out to the woods and heaths at the back of Minsmere to explore an area known as the Westleton Walks. It was not an area that I had visited before and although it was lovely it was really difficult to photograph.

The woods were a fantastic mix of greens from the dark blue green of the pines to the pale yellow green of the silver birch. As I walked I was conscious  of all the bird song around me. Woodpeckers drummed on the trees, a cuckoo called from the edge of the wood and I watched as a great tit flew backwards and forwards from an old silver birch stump taking food for its young.

The footpath through the woods eventually came out at Dunwich Heath where the landscape was a beautiful earthy mix of browns and greens. I took some shots on the heath as I really loved the backlit trees and all the neural shades around them.

 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.