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Encounters

Personal reflections on encounters with nature
Black-winged Stilt © Richard Baines

Fly Like A Bird…

  • Fri 21st Dec, 2018

The archetypal China landscape stretched before me; the craggy mountains shrouded in mist, a deep body of water littered with lone fishermen’s rafts and haunting junks floating along and, ever present, the high call of some water bird, of which many scattered the muddy shores.

Primrose and Wood Sorrell © Richard Baines

Wood You...?

  • Fri 23rd Nov, 2018

As a child I was enthralled by the magical stories of The Enchanted Wood and now, as an adult, I am lucky enough to have an enchanted wood right on my doorstep!

Puss Moth adult © Richard Baines

There Be Dragons...

  • Fri 19th Oct, 2018

The ancient legends of old tell of dragons, or monstrous worms, which would roam the earth, devouring all that stood in their path. This is what came to mind the first time I ever encountered a puss moth caterpillar.

Humpback Whale Bempton 30 July 2018 © Jo Symon

Thar She Blows!

  • Sun 23rd Sep, 2018

What a summer, of unprecedented heat, cloudless blue skies, baking pavements and sparkling lazy seas shimmering like mirrors to the horizon.