Deep in the walnut-fruit forests of Kyrgyzstan, miles from the nearest track passable by a 4×4, I was climbing a narrow path when the family group suddenly appeared around a corner. I quickly asked (with gestures only as I don’t speak Kyrgyz) whether I could take a photo, and after Dad’s nodding approval I managed to take just two frames as they carried on past.
This weekend I revisited a woodland plantation that I’d planted 19 years ago. I was delighted to discover a coterie of common spotted orchids (Dactylorhiza fuchsii). The sweet chestnut trees that I’d planted had been coppiced, as originally planned, and were accompanied by ‘volunteer’ silver birch. The light shading canopy
Early dawn in rural Oxfordshire, England. The sun was about to rise over the Chilterns (left) early on this morning in June, and would soon illuminate the Wittenham Clumps, visible in the centre distance. Gabriel Hemery
Sunrise and river mist on the River Thames
Deep within an English woodland, while the distant bark of a roe deer echoed between the hazel coppice stools, the nearby sounds of a calling coot led to me to water and a hidden woodland pond. As I explored the fringes of the carr woodland I came across these luminescent
Here in the south of Britain we’ve experienced our first substantial rain for many weeks, following the driest April and May since meteorological records began. During a particularly heavy shower while I was in the woods today, I took shelter under a beautiful sycamore tree. Looking up I discovered that