Spring is on the way….


….and with it comes a new way of looking at photo opportunities.

After a relatively mild winter here in North Wales, there are signs that Spring is really on the way. Whilst I was out doing the shoot for this weeks 52/2012 I came across these buds in our local woods.

Even the Gorse blooms have erupted and the heath was a riot of yellow colour. I’ve seen a one or two bees about and today I also noticed a few ladybirds in the garden.

I don’t know why but Spring is my favourite time of the year, maybe it’s because we are coming out of the cold dark winter nights. Or perhaps it’s just the fact that there are far more things to photograph, with much better light than the dreary dark grey days of winter.

This year I have made myself a promise. Most of my photography is about landscapes/seascapes but this year I intend to do more wildlife and the natural world that surrounds me. All too often I go searching for that amazing landscape and many times I ignore the simple photo opportunity that is right in front of me. So instead of looking through the viewfinder all the time, I’m going to do a 360 of everything that is with 10 metres of where I’m standing, before going after that amazing landscape/seascape.

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12 thoughts on “Spring is on the way….

  1. fgassette March 22, 2012 / 20:19

    Look what you found right in front of you. So glad you looked. What beautiful photos you present for us to view and enjoy. You are good at both. Thanks for sharing.

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

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    • Mike Hardisty March 23, 2012 / 08:54

      Thank You. I try to be, sometimes you just have to look…

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  2. Ronnie@Hurtledto60 March 22, 2012 / 20:43

    Beautiful simple photos – as you know, just my kinda photography. Isn’t Spring just wonderful 🙂

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    • Mike Hardisty March 23, 2012 / 08:55

      I don’t know why I don’t do this type of photography more often. It’s far simpler than some of the landscape work I do.

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  3. beatrix mana March 22, 2012 / 22:43

    Your pictures are gorgeous and you have the gift of gab.Keep up the great work.

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  4. stephenransome March 22, 2012 / 22:48

    Hi Mike…..Great shots and if I may say, great minds think alike. I was out and about today and took some shots similar to this using my 400mm prime. I got some super bokeh just as you have. Not put mine up yet. Thanks for these Mike, over here on Anglesey, Spring has sprung too. Great innit. cheers.

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    • Mike Hardisty March 23, 2012 / 08:58

      Hey Steve. I’ve always thought the big lenses give great bokeh. They’re just so damn heavy to carry around. I can get the same results with mu walk around lens the 18-200mm from Sigma if I put it on full zoom and get close to the subject.

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  5. ceceliafutch March 22, 2012 / 23:04

    These photos are simply elegant. Thank you for sharing. (Spring is my favorite time of year, too, as everything is coming back to life!)

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  6. KKHPhotos.com March 23, 2012 / 02:05

    Yippee for spring! Great photos of an awesome season.

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    • Mike Hardisty March 23, 2012 / 09:01

      Thank you for your comment. This week I’m off to the mountains to do some landscapes but i will be looking out for those signs of spring whilst I’m out.

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