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Category : Flora and Fauna

The Lullaby of Upton Marshes

A Spring, a Summer, a seemingly endless day on Upton marshes… Find me here in the early morning mist, or in the last rays of sunlight as they fade to reveal starry night skies. This is life on the river, and a boatman I will ever be…

Butterflies, Bees and Goat Willow Trees…

Welcome to Waterland base camp.  This is where we moor Grey Goose III and, in the finest naval tradition, we will be spending the day bringing provisions and supplies aboard so she will be ready to embark on many voyages on the Norfolk Broads this year.  On arrival we are greeted by a friendly Robin, who’s song is full of the promise of Spring.  Under blue skies and a warm sun we are encouraged to get everything loaded as soon as […]

A Walk in the Winter Woods…

Over the last few days I’ve been listening to an audio-book called ‘The Hidden Life of Trees‘ by Peter Wohlleben. If you read or listen to this book, two things are likely to happen; 1/ It will change the way you think about trees, and 2/ You will want to go the woods. Well, that’s what happened to me anyway… So here we are… …on a cold and overcast February afternoon, atop a hill on the edge of Bacton Woods. Through […]

Noticing the details in Nature...

Noticing the Details in Nature…

In an idle moment a discovery is made…  the beauty and intricacy of a Silver Birch leaf becomes clear when the Sun illuminates it from the behind.  The details that are revealed are quite breathtaking.   After admiring the complex network of veins, used to transport water and carbohydrates around the leaf, it doesn’t feel quite right to remove it from the tree.  Instead, I wait for a lull in the late afternoon breeze and do my best to photograph […]

A Wildflower Walk…

  One of the reasons I wanted to write this blog was to encourage myself to take the time to learn about the life and landscapes around me on the Norfolk Broads.  So, over the Bank Holiday weekend we took to the river and sailed to How Hill.  Once there we headed out on the footpaths and country lanes that criss cross the landscape between Ludham and Sharp Street.  I wanted to photograph the different types of wildflower that we […]

Grey Goose III

The Finding of Goose Cove…

Friday 13th May… We’re running late.  The plan was to leave Waterland base camp long before sunset and find a wild mooring on the River Ant but, by as we get underway, the light was already fading and the low overcast clouds made it feel darker still. Our dogs, Monty (the Jack Russell) and Mabel (the Cocker Spaniel) wonder what’s going on as we head out into the fading light… It’s well past 9pm as we make a dash across Barton […]