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Tonight’s Camera Club trip was to go and stake out a couple of badger sets out in the Essex countryside. We split into two groups and made our way to our allocated sets. We saw nothing…except our each other for the couple of hours we staked out the area. The other group had a little more success with a few seeing the badgers and one actually capturing a couple of photographs of the elusive beasts.


We drove out to Broxbourne Woods today for a walk. We hadn’t been for a few years so it was nice to see again. The Infra-Red camera got another outing…not as successful as previously, mainly because there wasn’t much new green life yet, but I still enjoyed this selection of shots…

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Our regular visit to Rowney Woods was very pleasant in the very mild weather we are having at the moment. There was just a little bit of mist that hadn’t burnt off which gave the light a really nice softness. More pictures after the break

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The bluebells are well and truly out in Essex now. These were taken in a small wooded area around Quendon this afternoon.

A few more picks after the break…

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…we were certainly surprised 😉

I know the sun had come out…but really!


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Walking Into Spring

This was taken earlier today on a walk through a very pretty hamlet in Essex called Ugley…Yes…Ugley.

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Walking Into Spring


We finally got out and about again after 3 weeks either stuck indoors ill or out visiting family so it was nice to visit Rowney Woods today. Having just commented that we hadn’t seen any fungus in the woods we immediately spotted these.


I’m sure it will come as no surprise to anyone who has followed this blog for a month or two that the Rowney Woods would feature again. We paid another early morning visit last Sunday, but with the days drawing in we were able to leave at a much more reasonable 7.00am to get there shortly after sunrise. As usual there was plenty of wildlife out and about and we saw a number of fallow deer.

Todays photograph was captured as we were heading out of the woods – you can see a colour version of this on our Flickr page, but this is a black and white version catching some of the autumn mist hanging in the air.


Rowney Woods had conifers planted in it during the 1950s but is now being returned to native deciduous trees by the Forestry Commission. There are still quite a number of these pine trees around – they stand out particularly well with the large daubs of fluorescent yellow/green paint marking them for felling.


We visited Rowney Woods again today and saw loads of wildlife including a muntjac deer and a small group of fallow deer – needless to say, none were to keen to be photographed! The dragonflies were out in force and there were plenty of other smaller creatures including this Forest Shieldbug (Pentatoma rufipes)