Apologies for being so slow to post, things went a little awry for various reasons over the Holidays (explained on Facebook). So let’s get back to it! Another from the ‘I forgot about it collection’ I’m lucky that I have plenty of feathered friends visiting my very small garden (food of course helps) which unfortunately doesn’t receive a great deal of light, mix that in with probably the worst sequence of dull weather I can remember and it doesn’t aid your photography. So all you can do is take what’s in front of you and see what you can come up with. This gorgeous Great Spotted Woodpecker is always welcome in my garden and in this instance I avoided any background, looked for a pose and overexposed the sky. One piece of advice for the year, make sure you enjoy watching, pondering, planning and have fun with your photography and let the rest go, it should not be a battle and should certainly not be personal. Thanks to all who looked, liked and loved and especially those who commented, let’s see what we can all do this year 👊
It's about that time of year again that every bird lover and photographer has their eye/ear out for news on the arrival of the rather wonderful Waxwings. Now I know they are around in some far off place called Ingerland but that plainly doesn't count as they always look their best in Wales 😀 . This was a shot from early this year and as I've been processing African wildlife in High-Key I thought it rude to exclude Scandinavian feathered friends.
I've been processing images this week that should have been processed months if not years ago but I find that I choose a few that I like and then because we have so much we sort of drift to the newest but I was going through a few files to find a few things and I couldn't believe how many I haven't processed. I'm pretty glad because the weather is absolutely tripe and I'm just not capturing anything at the moment. So to cut a long story short I'm going to be posting images over the next few weeks that I had forgotten about or had ignored for various reasons. The moral of this tale - don't be stupid like me!
This is one of the first images I managed to capture of a Hare when I first moved to a new area a couple of years ago. This Hare is sadly no longer with us along with a husk (there are many names for a group of Hares for some reason, there is also drove, down, mute and trace) of other Hares that I managed to locate after months of setting trail cams and tracking. Unfortunately nearly all became victims of inane Hare coursing and abhorrent lampers which is rife in this area to the extent that these despicable vermin (sorry rats, no offence) have moved on as they have basically wiped out the badger and hare population in the Vale of Glamorgan area where I live. I have managed to find one remaining Hare. I can't explain how angry it makes me after I spent so long tracking these animals to the extent they had become almost accustomed to me, it is truly devastating and upsetting. If you didn't know there is a Hare preservation trust you can join @ http://hare-preservation-trust.com/
Apologies I have shown this previously however this image 'Painted Pachyderm' is currently on display and for sale at Waterloo Tea Penylan, Cardiff as a 30" x 20" Canvas. It's part of a multi-artist exhibition on the theme of elephants which has been put together in memory of one of their previous chef's who sadly passed away after a long battle with a mental health illness. Commision proceeds will go to the chosen charity in Jude's name and all my proceeds wil go to Remembering Elephants who are fighting to save the elephant (1 dies every 15 minutes!!!!!!!!).The exhibition will be on until 8th January. DON'T forget that this weekend is the last Craft Fayre of the year for me so if you want to have an odd shaped stocking to plunder on Christmas day, don't forget to point your nearest and dearest to the Norwegian Church Arts Centre, Cardiff where I will be at the Boutique Gift Markets. Do Pop in!! @olympusuk#splendid_animals#nature_of_our_world#animal_shots_#robcottleimages#olympusuk#olympusomdem1#captureonepro
"Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together, all things connect" - Chief Seattle
On World conservation day lest we forget that it's not only the Elephant and Rhino that are endangered but also the Lion, Giraffe, Cheetah, Pangolin etc. They are all involved in this frankly ludicrous struggle to survive amongst mans stupidity.