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Day 30 – 30 Days Wild…

Wild Membership…

 

It’s the final day of #30DaysWild and to celebrate I have become a member of the Sussex Wildlife Trust and my membership pack arrived this morning!!

When I began this journey I had so many ideas for Random Acts of Wildness but I just don’t feel as though I have been as Random and Wild as I could have been and many of my posts have been around the wildlife in my garden. So this membership is the start of me getting out there and exploring this wonderful county I live in.

30 Days Wild has reignited my passion for nature and wildlife photography and although I won’t be posting everyday, I intend on continuing my daily acts of wildness…it’s become second nature now and its amazing how much more observant of the natural world I have become!!

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Day 29 – 30 days Wild…

Cloudscapes…

 

After the rain cleared and I returned home from work I decided to take a few moments in the garden.

I try to see life from different points of view and am pretty much a glass half full kinda person.

Today instead of sitting in my usual chair I opted to lay down on the patio and take in the view above me…

…the clouds were the purest of white scattered across the deep blue canvas of the sky. It was so peaceful laying there listening to the sparrows chattering away in the neighbouring trees. We spend so much time in society these days looking down, staring at screens and the office walls that we forget to simply look up and see what is around us!!

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Day 24 – 30 Days Wild…

A snapshot of my semi-wild garden…

 

I woke up today to torrential rain – a huge contrast to the scorching hot days we have been experiencing over the past week. I had already planned for a day at home, but had intended to spend it in the garden.

Fortunately I have been out photographing the garden all week so I decided to base today’s act of wildness sharing a snapshot of my little sanctuary!

In one corner of the garden I have dedicated an area to wild flowers, all of which self seeded from last year. I planted out some bulbs among them this year so have gladioli and liatris growing through the love in the mist, borage and candy tuft along with a potted Yucca.

One thing I have loved is being creative with my small garden, utilising as many different containers and pots as I can…my favourite has definitely been the caged violas – I love to see their tiny faces peeking through the bars!

This year my focus has been on learning how to grow fruit and veg in containers and so far I have successfully grown strawberries in a hanging basket and raspberries, french beans and courgettes in containers…

In addition to the usual bumblebees and birds this week I have also noted a honey bee taking shelter on the lily leaves and a hover fly drinking nectar from a wildflower growing in between the patio slabs…

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Day 17 – 30 Days Wild…

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve Walk…

 

Having lived in this part of the country all of my life I have just recently started to see how much of the natural world around me I have yet to explore fully. Living on the coast its easy to focus your attention on the sea and beaches but I am also very privileged to be surrounded by amazing countryside and conservation sites, one of which is only a short drive away.

So today I went for a guided walk with the Sussex Wildlife Trust around one of the most important conservation sites in Britain. Rye Harbour Nature Reserve has been recognised as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Protection Area for birds under the EU Birds Directive, a Special Area of Conservation under the EU Habitats Directive and a Ramsar site that takes account of its importance as a wetland on an international scale.

The walk explored the north of the reserve, near to Rye and started at Brede Lock. We walked through Castle Farm to Camber Castle…

We were lucky to be part of a guided walk that included a visit inside Camber Castle which is an English Heritage site. The castle was built by Henry VIII to protect the Sussex coast against French attack and sits between Rye and Winchelsea – more info can be found here. It is pretty much a ruin, but of all the castle ruins I have seen, there is something a bit special about Camber which is now home to Peregrine’s and Jackdaws…

From the castle we walked along to the bird watching hide at Castle Water where we saw a great diversity of wild birds…

The morning was concluded with a very interesting walk back to Brede Lock with the flora and fauna putting on a good show…

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Day 15 – 30 Days Wild…

Sun Prints… 

 

I finally got round to trying out my sun print paper today which is essentially prepared cyanotype print paper. In the same way as traditional Photograms are made, objects are placed on light sensitive photographic paper and exposed to light.

I was first introduced to this process in 2011 and had a go using some homemade hand painted paper, but when I saw everyone using the sun print craft paper I just had to buy some!

Cyanotypes were invented by Sir John Herschel in 1841 and originally used to create copies of architectural drawings known as ‘blueprints’. This process is much simpler than that of silver print black and white photography and gives a cyan blue print using a sensitising solution of Ammonium Ferric Citrate and Potassium Ferricyanide. When exposed to light (natural or artificial ultraviolet) these iron salts reduce down to their ferrous state that produces a high contrast blue image when oxidised. Oxidation is sped up by immersing it in running water that washes away the unused iron salts that ‘fixes’ to create a lasting image.

In the same way that I made my photograms at the weekend I sandwiched the flowers and leaves I collected between the paper and glass only this time I used the sun in the garden to expose the image. It is a lot of fun and so, so simple!

I love traditional photography, I am sure I am living in the wrong era!!!

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Day 13 – 30 Days Wild…

Appreciation…

 

 

 

 

A first for A Reflection of Your Heart…a food pic!! For Day 13 I have used the mint growing in my garden to make a milkshake. It didn’t feel very wild so I took it out into the garden and sat on the patio cross legged among the flowers, bees and butterflies and soaked up the early evening sun.

I usually come home from work and plonk myself down in front of the television or make a start on dinner straight away, so it made a lovely change to relax for a while listening to the natural world go about its day around me!!

A year ago this space was pretty much a blank canvas so I was able to take in all the hard work and appreciate the wildlife garden it has become!!

At the end of your busy day spend just a few moments appreciating what you have!

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Day 12 – 30 Days Wild…

A Flower Doodle…

 

 

 

As a child I was never far from a pad of paper and colouring pens, always doodling and copy drawing, but lately I have realised how detached from drawing and colouring I have become.

I am not the worlds best at drawing, you only have to do a quick search on the internet to see the amazing talent that is out there, but I enjoy being creative and it is great therapy to get lost in a piece of art, however simple!!

So after a busy day at work I decided instead of coming home and feeling stressed about my day I would sit and do some wild doodling!! Whenever I doodle it is always flowers that I find at the end of my pencil or pen and today was no exception.

I am not really sure what inspired this doodle, I doubt any of the flowers are that true to life but on reflection the diversity of the flowers growing from a single stem and grounded from the same roots are symbolic of me as a person and the diversity of life…

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