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June 29, 2018
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Rewilding

If you follow any of the bokeh photographic Social Media feeds (Instagram, Twitter or Facebook) you will no doubt be aware that I have been posting ‘#30DaysWild’ content throughout the month: 30 Days Wild being the Wildlife Trust’s challenge to do something wild every day in June. I need to declare at this point that I don’t categorise myself as a wildlife photographer. As explained many times over I don’t have the patience to sit in a hide waiting for that one in a lifetime shot. Perhaps more importantly I vehemently disagree with many of the dubious if not downright risky (NB: to the wildlife not to the person behind the camera) techniques that are seemingly increasingly common amongst wildlife photographers such as submerging a glass bowl containing fish in order to attract diving kingfishers. I have witnessed first-hand photographers prodding adders with a stick in order to elicit a strike. I intervened but not before briefly hoping that the adder landed a bite on the wholly irresponsible photographers rather than on their decoy stick. The much publicised problems with winners of Wildlife Photographer of the Year (i.e. 2009 winner disqualified for using a trained wolf and 2017 winner disqualified for using a stuffed anteater) suggests that deceit is widespread. All this, thankfully, is miles away from the spirit of #30DaysWild so back to the main reason for this blog – I hope I needn’t make any apologies for the somewhat personal nature of the post.

To inspire people taking part the Wildlife Trusts have coined the phrase Random Act of Wildness which is anything that can be done in an average working day to bring a little nature into your life. In case you haven’t seen any of my posts, the moot point is that although I’m a full-time professional photographer (although again not a wildlife photographer) most of my pictures were taken opportunistically and several were shot (badly) on a smartphone camera during a lunch break or on an evening walk. Admittedly being a photographer puts me at an advantage as does the fact that we have an excellent wildlife reserve within two minutes of the house as does the fact that I undertake a lot of scientific monitoring of wildlife e.g. I am licenced by Natural England to handle the very rare and endangered hazel dormouse as part of a reintroduction project.

Whilst it’s no surprise that making the effort to get outside is: i) enjoyable and ii) affords superb photographic opportunities I had extra motivation this year. Exactly one year ago today, Sian, my wife (whom many of you will have met when she has accompanied me as a photographer's assistant) completed her final chemotherapy session (of 6) after having first undergone mastectomy with radical reconstruction and prior to radiotherapy for breast cancer that was diagnosed completely out of the blue. Although we engaged in unofficial ‘random acts of wildness’ last year thanks to a firmly held belief that getting out into nature would help body & mind recover, our thoughts were naturally elsewhere. This was despite the fact than Sian started daily walks almost immediately following surgery - much to her Consultant Radiologist’s amazement and amusement - and kept this up for the period of her challenging treatment including several recuperative trips away to our favourite nature spots. Whilst I took photographs Sian has had a much harder time of it all so I’ll leave the last word to her as there’s a couple of important messages behind her current 1000 miles challenge.

   
     

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