A well-fed robin policing the decking outside in the back garden on the lookout for rogue mice reported to have been stealing seed – see yesterday’s post.

Canon G3X at 220mm. ISO800 1/125 at f/7.1




Happy New Year !

This industrious little mouse clearly had a nest under the decking where he was stocking provisions for the winter. His nose would appear through the impossibly small hole, followed by his head. After a rapid scan for danger, the rest of his body would pop through the hole, a quick forage of fallen birdseed was made, and he was back through the hole in the blinking of an eye.

Canon G3X at 220mm (600mm equiv) ISO800 1/125 at f/7.1

Blue Tit


This chap is one of several who have discovered the feeders outside my conservatory window. Located only about five feet from where I am sitting, the feeders give me a front-row seat of the activity and a great opportunity for capturing the antics of the birds.

Canon G3X ISO800 1/1000 at f/7.1

Harlow Carr view


A tranquil pond and surrounding trees showing a typically carefully sculptured landscape in these beautiful gardens.

Canon G3X ISO400 1/160 at f/8

Blackbird and lunch


A happy blackbird surrounded by lunch at the RHS gardens, Harlow Carr, Harrogate

Canon G3X ISO400 1/800 at f/8 full zoom – 600mm equiv + cropping in LR

RHS Gardens at Harlow Carr, Harrogate


These gardens are well worth a visit. They are beautifully laid out by a team of gardeners with a highly professional approach to landscaping and a knowledge of how and where to place dozens of plant varieties. The result is a garden full of colour, shape and surprise.

Canon G3X ISO400 1/250 at f/8

Bee at Harlow Carr


This encouragingly chubby bumble bee was feasting on the pollen at the RHS gardens, Harlow Carr, Harrogate.

Canon G3x ISO400 1/500 at f/8 600mm equiv; cropped in LR

Robin at Harlow Carr


Spent a great morning at the wonderful RHS Harlow Carr gardens, Harrogate, on 2 October. This little fellow popped up for a photo shoot, giving me about ten seconds of his valuable time. There will be more shots from the gardens of the course of the next couple of weeks.

Canon G3x ISO400 1/1000 at f/9. Full zoom



Foxglove blooms taken in Lea & Jonathan’s garden in Kirklington, Notts.

Canon G3X ISO640 1/1250 at f/9



A photo from the archives. This red squirrel was munching on peanuts from a feeder in a garden in the Lake District. The image is this month’s free download so if you would like a hi-res version for your desktop wallpaper, just hit the subscribe button in the pop-up screen and join my newsletter.