One of the things I like about photography is that it captures a moment, a moment that will never happen again. You can capture the essence and tranquility of a peaceful landscape, you can get a glimpse at the personality behind the eyes of an animal as it watches you intently waiting for your next move. Ultimately you are capturing a moment that will last forever and as they say a picture can mean a thousand words.
I was fortunate this week when I decided to take a walk with my husband as I wanted to take some pictures of the local area. I quite like taking skyscapes of clouds, sunsets and sunrises. But I fancied capturing local flora and walkways. I didn't realise I would end up capturing the treacherous muddy path we had to navigate, the full to bursting river as it flowed past the local Abbey and the enjoyable wild birds resting and hunting near the river blackwater at the exit bridge from Coggeshall to Kelvedon.
I have posted the birds I took pictures of in my photo gallery. I was pleased to see the resident couple of swans had successfully reared two beautiful cygnets who were nearly the size of their parents. I watched as a seagull flew down from the sky, landed in the river and caught a fish right in front of my eyes. Those moments are hard to repeat and leave a lasting impression on your soul. Wildlife photography is by far one of the hardest forms of photography. You cannot guarantee you will capture what you want. Indeed I was able to photograph a robin perched on a fence post, but he was too far away for the photos to come out clearly once cropped. It was sadly a missed moment but it encourages me to keep going with my work, and one day I will have the lens I need to capture those unforgettable moments when wild animals allow you to capture a moment of their time.
Dog Trainer, animal lover, artist and photographer