My Railway Modelling Blog
|Great White Egret (Ardea
alba) - Blenheim, Oxon
Once, Little Egrets were rare in UK but are now widespread. Perhaps, their large cousins are
set to join them, although currently scarce,
Now retired, I have been
taking photographs since my teens. My father was a keen
amateur photographer and I was fascinated by darkroom
technique from an early age. Since the advent of digital
photography, I have transferred my photo-editing methods
to computer software - mainly using Adobe Photoshop
Elements. I do not subscribe to the view that the picture
must be made in the camera and believe that the
subsequent processing of the image is a key part of
hope you enjoy the photos.
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My interest in photographing all forms of life in natural surroundings started as a challenge - how to capture highly mobile, colourful small creatures, such as butterflies, on film and, later, digitally.
Orange Tip Butterfly
This interest evolved into a project to photograph all the 'mainstream' British butterflies in the wild. While engaged on this project, I realised there were lots of other interesting creatures, apart from butterflies, waiting for my macro lens. Thus, I branched out into other colourful insects, including dragonflies - and also into plants, with a special interest in native British orchids.
Migrant Hawker Dragonfly
Photographing birds is a much more recent activity and had to wait for the availability of digital technology. I could not be bothered with waiting in hides for long periods and I find that even a tripod is an encumbrance! The advent of vibration reduction in telephoto lenses gave me the freedom to photograph birds, literally 'on the fly', and so I brought them into my repertoire as well. On the whole, I am more interested in producing an attractive image rather than a detailed illustration of a particular bird.
I started this website to 'showcase' my set of photographs of British butterflies, which I completed in 2007, and have subsequently expanded its scope to cover many other aspects of British natural history. I keep improving the photographs by constantly reviewing and replacing images, as I acquire better or more representative depictions of individual species.
Wigeon at RSPB Otmoor
The images can be accessed through the buttons on the Site Menu at the top left of this page. I have taken the photos over a period of many years, using both film and digital cameras. Many of the images have been copied digitally from slides or scanned from negatives or prints. Some of the various methods that I use are listed under Technical Information.
The images shown here are all at a small scale and low resolution. Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing higher resolution photographs as either digital files or paper prints. Note that all the text and images are Copyright © Mike Flemming.
I acknowledge the encouragement that I received on setting up this website from Stephen Burch, whose own bird and dragonfly photos can be found at http://www.stephenburch.com