I’ve always been an avid collector of books and despite now owning a Kindle (they do have some advantages), I’ll keep collecting. You commune with books, they become part of you and immersion within them is an experience that is at times intensely personal.
I’m back posting for a while! Still have a big op to come up in the early spring but will try and move things on a little by then.
The 2012 calendar has been out since January 1st and has been met with enthusiasm from all quarters. The quality of the images we had to choose from was very high and I’d like to thank all those involved and for sending their images on to me. It was a lovely project to have worked on and as a result of its success we’ve been asked to do another one for 2013!
The second ‘Nature’s Calendar Walk’ was a success, despite a poor forecast. We had expected heavy rain for a good portion of the day yet nothing materialized. Sixteen folk, some new, met at Markham for a round trip via our lunch stop at the ‘Rocking Stone’ The collection and collation of images has begun and the ethos of creating something fresh and exciting continued today with those involved looking at the landscape in a different light. It seems the project now has legs! and is moving along nicely.
It’s a while since my last post and I’ll explain how the new site will work and the type of articles and blogs that I’ll be writing next time up, but first, and for reasons of expediency, there’s a new project I’m involved with that can get everyone out there photographing and for a very specific reason, a chance to get your work into print!
Caerphilly CCBC have asked me to run a series of seasonal walks which we are calling ‘Landscape and Wildlife Walks with a Camera’ These walks are all free and offer a chance to explore the Upper Sirhowy Valley. It is an area I’ve photographed extensively through various commissions over the last few years and one I have come to love.
This Sunday saw the annual Friends of Skomer and Skokholm meeting at Bishop’s Cleeve near Cheltenham. It was the first time I’ve been but will certainly be making it a diary event from now on. Not withstanding a wealth of current information on the state of the Island’s wildlife and updates on current plans for some major changes, particularly to Skokholm, it was a chance to meet up with some old friends from my time running photographic trips to this part of Wales.
I’m talking to Neath and District Photographic Society this evening and will be giving them a new presentaion that I’ve been recently working on. It explores the wildlife of Wales and is broken down into two parts. Part one, this evenings presentation, looks at farmland, woodland, meadow and mountain. Part two considers the estuary, rivers, Islands and the coastal fringes. For other presentations I am currently offering click here.
This week ‘Around Every Corner’ is published. It’s very much a visual book and looks at the landscape and wildlife of the County Borough of Caerphilly in a slightly different way than most of traditional landscape books might do. It’s a publication that very much celebrates the landscape and wildlife of an area that is often overlooked in favour of its near neighbour, the Brecon Beacons. It also shows what the Landscape Services within Caerphilly County Council are protecting and promoting, often via the grant system available through the European Community.