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 woke this morning to blue skies and mist over the marshes. Unfortunately I had missed sunrise by about 45 mins but the light was lovely and soft and so I grabbed the camera and headed out with the dog for my morning walk.
There wasn’t a breath of wind as I walked down the hill to pick up the footpath to the river. Where this cinder path joins the road there is a small stream which flows between the grassy fields and round to the back of the scrape. From its banks you can look out across the marsh to the poplar trees on the horizon.
This morning the marsh looked really magical, covered in mist and dew laden cobwebs. The grasses were so tall that I could barely see the sheep that grazed them and the dew covered plants shimmered in the soft morning light. Along the edge of the stream yellow flag irises, backlit by the sun, shone brightly from the dark foliage. This is one of my favourite views across the marsh and one that I have struggled to capture until today.
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.