Enchanted Forest

This image was made in the early days of digital photography. My preferred camera was in for repair, I seem to remember that I had dropped it. I went for a long walk in a nearby forest. The walk afforded me some nice images, but when I saw this one on the minute Screen, I felt I had made a hit. I couldn’t wait to get home to see it on the big screen. I have wanted to post it for some while but couldn’t find it. Then the other day it popped up in one of my folders. I must go back and look at my camera settings and learn from it. I won’t be using the same camera. It was stolen when our house was burgled some years back

Twosome

Until now the Danish winter has been relatively mild. Very little snow and some mornings with a white covering of frost covering the countryside. A few days ago was such a morning and we decided to go to the forest. By the time we had breakfasted and got ourselves ready, the frost on the trees had largely disappeared and only the undergrowth and the short grasses had retained the frost. It was a bright day with a blue sky and the forest was busy with people who had the same idea as we. This couple passed us while we were photographing.
We returned home refreshed and inspired.

Deep in the forest

I again ventured into the forest to photograph mushrooms. There were a variety to be seen. I especially noticed one kind, that I later identified as the “Deathcap” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amanita_phalloides. According to the news there is an unusual large number of these this year. After lots of bending and kneeling, I got a number of acceptable pictures. The tilting screen on my camera came in very useful for photographing at low angles.
this group particularly appealed to me. I feel that it speaks so well of the autumn forest.

Woody revisits

We have always done a lot to get the birds to visits our garden. Several years ago families of Great Spotted Woodpeckers visited my special constructed “Woody” pole. Magpies moved in and the Woodpeckers and other birds became fewer. Early one morning a couple of weeks ago, we were lying in bed with our cup of Tea, when we heard a Woodpecker in one of the dead branches in our old plum tree. I have specially left the many dead branches on the deceased tree to encourage the birds. Between us we managed to get the camera and take several pictures of this female Great Spotted Woodpecker. As can be seen, from the flying dust, she was hard at work. She came back a few more times, but lately we haven’t seen her. but we have seen plenty of signs of her

Pied Kingfisher

In 2007 we returned to South Africa for a three weeks visit. A good deal of that time we spent in game reserves. It was in the Mkuze reserve in the northern part of KwaZulu Natal that we came across a, not much used, observation platform. from There we saw several Pied Kingfishers. I found them totally fascinating and have often since thought of spending time just making a project of photographing them.
Camera Nikon D2X
Lens Nikon 200 – 400 mm

The youngster

Years ago we had a garden full of birds. A large variety came to the feeders. The Great Spotted Woodpeckers brought their young to the poles I installed and charged with peanuts. Then the Magpies moved in and every thing changed. They constantly raid the feeders and rob the nest of eggs and youngsters.
This young male woodpecker is from happy years.