Well not quite a magic looking glass, but certainly seems like it sometimes through a camera lens! One the greatest things about photography is the preservation of memories, the ability of a photograph to remind you of good, or bad, days or occasions. Compiling memories of 2013 through photographs I wanted also to make a kind of mini-statement, oh no I hear you say, something that the year has made more important for me. The idea started when I had been introduced to the ‘Best Birder / Birdwatcher’ in the World! I am sure the very idea must have embarrassed the poor person, as all they had was the world’s largest ‘seen’ list of birds. And so this led me to consider the world of the ‘Lister’, particularly the ones who do it competitively and not just for fun.
The person with the largest List, the person who has seen the most rarities, the person who has spent the most money chasing down numbers of species, the one who beats the magic number of birds seen in a Big Year! Do these people believe that birding (birdwatching) is a number’s game, that somehow they will be judged as being somewhat superior for having seen more species than the next birder or birdwatcher? My goodness me, get a life and learn just to enjoy nature or go back to collecting things such as stamps or something similar. By all means do things for fun, which is not my point. The fact that there are birdwatchers (birders) who genuinely believe they are better for having seen more species than the next person is frankly very sad and delusional.
And so to my blog and I’d like to convey to you my celebration of the everyday birds or animals that fill my life with so much joy. To show every bird, flower and animal that just makes me so happy with nature is impossible, so here I concentrated on my local fauna, things that encourage my love and interest in the natural world. I live, I breath nature, I do not chase rarities, I do not keep public lists to compete with anyone, what I do is share a passion and something that I consider so important to the wellbeing of the people in our world. So here it is, a photo collection, in part, of the most common and beautiful in my life locally, I hope you might enjoy this small collection. Thank you for your support and I wish you and your families a Very Healthy and Peaceful New Year!
|Dartford Warbler - male|
|Spanish Imperial Eagle|
|Ibex - male|
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