When I began this blog, its name ‘everyday nature trails’ was a working title and I wasn’t sure if it would stay. My aim with the blog was, and is to feature things that I observe in the nature around me every day, whenever and wherever I find myself. I have always been fascinated by the wildlife that lives closely alongside us and survives, or even thrives in the areas we frequent, often unnoticed and despite us. So a nature trail to me can be a ‘real’ one in one of our local reserves or a walk on the seashore, but may well also be a walk to the shops, around a garden or even around the house noting what I see through the windows. So, in the end I decided the blog name was about right.
Wherever I am, even if it is only for a short time I can’t resist poking around in people’s gardens, checking out the local parks and public gardens, the local nature reserves and woodlands, well-known beauty spots, town seashores, areas of wasteland, waysides … I think you get the idea. Even on family holidays to Florida I was photographing butterflies in Disney’s Magic Kingdom, and enjoying the presence of the wild Egrets and Ibises amongst the imported exotic species in Seaworld, there enjoying the easy pickings, refusing to be ousted from their own habitat.
I am a bit of a champion of wildlife that may be taken for granted or overlooked because of its commonness or our familiarity with it. I find just about everything fascinating and worth a closer look, but realise a lot of people miss the opportunity to see something because they simply don’t notice it. Then increasingly, I have to wonder if that is entirely a bad thing. Is it the fact that so much goes unnoticed that allows them to keep their hold?
As I mentioned earlier I have a keen interest is the wildlife that exploits ‘our spaces’ so successfully that people feel resentful at its intrusion, or even threatened by it, and call for its removal, regardless of whether or not it is our behaviour and/or lifestyles that has brought it close to us in the first place. In Great Britain, Grey squirrels, Herring Gulls and the wildflower Ragwort spring immediately to mind; I have had some experience of issues with them all – not my own issues I hasten to add- but all have prompted me to seek out more information which I will pass on.
I have a penchant for photographing inanimate things too, with a particular fondness for sculptural, colourful or interestingly textured rocks! Indeed, if it’s out there, or maybe even in here, I’ll be looking at it.