Spring has sprung in all its glory and the trees are covered in lush green foliage. The young birds that haven’t already fledged are creating a din in the woodlands calling to be fed. The same is happening in all the rooftops in the towns and villages up and down the country.
The countryside is a swath of yellow as the rape seed plants flood the air with their pollen; setting off millions of hay fever suffers. The wheat fields, still green at present, are stretching their seed-heads towards the sky and a few will look like a carpet of red where they are interspersed with scarlet poppies!
Wild flowers are at their most plentiful, with literally hundreds of species coming into flower during the month of June.
Fields of Poppies are amongst the wild flowers that will start appearing in June. Sigma SD9, 17-35 EX
Birds and Animals Down by the lakes and rivers are regiments of fluffy little cute things learning all about how this stuff called water will rule their lives and provide them with an environment to live in. From that environment is emerging a whole new season of insects of all shapes and sizes, flying and floating their way through a life cycle that is a few hours or a few weeks long. The swallows and swifts are shooting through the air, twisting and turning in their efforts to catch them as food for the young on their own nests. The Hobby’s in turn chase the swallows and so it goes on. The insects on the water are also at risk from the fish below, and they in turn are in danger from the statuesque Heron or the darting Kingfisher.
In a few isolated places, and especially in East Anglia, the plethora of growing chicks supports a slowly increasing population of prey birds such as the Marsh Harrier, which reached near extinction just a few years ago.
The rare Marsh Harrier is recovering slowly from near extinction.
Sigma SD10, 80-400mm EX OS + 2x EX converter.
Down at the coast, the cliff faces are looking like tenement blocks with Gulls, Guillemots, Gannets and Puffins all putting in their stake for a hole, ledge or tussock. Be it the frantic flapping of the ungainly but colourful Puffins or the near motionless mastery of the air displayed by the Fulmars, there is never a quiet moment.
So June is the one month where you don’t need me to tell you where to go or what to shoot! Just take your camera and take your pick. The countryside is alive like no other month of the year and you shouldn’t be sat here reading this if the truth were told. Just get out there and start shooting!
Butterflies abound in June. Minolta Z1 on close-up mode. (Shirley Andrews)
Out and About
Everything from Village Fetes to County Shows start kicking off this month and will continue throughout the summer.
The 2005 Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, better known as the Red Arrows have a diary of displays on their website and will be in places as far apart as Strathclyde, Cornwall and Kent during June. Pick a vantage point where you have plenty of room to swing a lens, as these guys don’t stop and pose for photographers!
What sounds like it will be a very normal (read ‘totally Mad’) meeting is taking place at Ellesmere Port Boat Museum on the 5th June.
ePHOTOzine meetings are a great way to meet other forum members and learn at the same time. For more details and how to join in, take a look in the members Meetings and Events forum
ePHOTOziners meet in some strange places. Nikon D70. 70-200mm VR
Lastly, if you are passing a building site or having some work done, ask a builder for a couple of feet of Duct Tape. Wind it round an old plastic film canister and drop it in your camera bag. That way you will always have something to stick offending branches out of the way, and as long as you don’t stick it face to face, it’s re-usable!