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My new patch

AlexandraSD > AlexandraSD Blog > My new patch
18/02/2013 - 5:30 PM

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I was always envious of those who found their patch. The kind of patch where all manner of wildlife is observed and captured in pixels, or c41, or e6 if your posh.

I have never had my own patch really. True, there are places i know and frequent often, but these require me getting into my car and travelling 15 or so miles away. Hardly convenient for spontaneous image capture.

Today i decided to go out with my camera on foot, but not in town, i went through walsoken village, pausing briefly at the church to capture some snowdrops again. I then skirted the village and made my way back home when i decided to pop into some wasteground literally down the road from where i live.

Calling it a wasteground is a misjustice, its far from being wasted, in fact it was positively buzzing with life!

Fiinches everywhere, robins, wrens, and several green woodpeckers, not to mention a few rabbits, were clearly visible, however by then my batteries went flat on my leica and i had no other camera body on me, not even my smartphone.

I spent a good 2 hours browsing slowly through the mixture of dead deciduous trees and conifers, long grass and brambles, now and then catching the sight of a chaffinches bright bold chest as they perched in the tree tops, which are not all that high so identification without bins was very possible.

But the green woodpecker, a bird which has always fascinated me one way or another. This variety does not peck at wood like other woodpeckers, these prefer to feed on the ground, often on ant hills, and their so easily spooked. Their distinctive call gives them away every time.

I shall return to this patch again tomorrow but this time with a fully charged camera. It means i can go there anytime i want, as it only takes me 5 or so minutes to walk there, and it is so peaceful. We all need a place nearby where we can go and relax with nature and finally i have found somewhere within spitting distance, and all i did was walk about a bit with my eyes and ears open. How on earth did i miss this spot anyway?

Its my patch now Grin


KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 94532 forum postsKarenFB vcard England166 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2013 - 6:27 AM

That's what I love about photography - it really makes you look!! Just wait until your 'waste ground' starts blooming, you will be amazed at the bug life that turns up.............especially if it has buddleia or ragwort!

I met a Green Woodpecker once! I walked around the side of the house, we both spotted each other at the same time (he was only a few feet from me)! He squawked and flew past me and I jumped out of my skin, stood and watched him (wishing I'd had my camera around my neck!). Smile

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Ragwort, im not sure there was much growing there last year, i took my niece there briefly to look at the wild flowers and butterflies, remember the buddleia's being by the entrance and all the way along its main pathway. but very little ragwort, i think its only been laid to waste in the last 5 years so maybe ragwort hasn't had sufficient time to colonise the place, i know that once it does appear it grows in abundance.

Have done all i can today for now, so now its me time, gentle stroll is in order now Grin

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