Long before I came to live in central Italy (2003) I had, in fact, led botanical and photographic trips within Italy from the early 1990s. As I discovered the joys of the central Italian hills and mountains, the one thing that impressed me, above all else,  was not the number of rare species (however impressive when it came to wild orchids) but the wealth of the displays.

From as far back as I can remember, I’ve always loved the sense of awakening and refreshment that the spring months bring. From the colour of spring flowers to the intensity of birdsong,  I find these things not just good for the soul but essential for my personal well-being. Many friends will know that I am an advocate of the therapeutic powers of immersion in nature and I consider that we benefit from the refreshing aspect of spring – that awakening and renewal after the long months of…

  Developing a passion for the natural world and for photographing of its inhabitants tends to set you on a rollercoaster ride. There are emotional highs and lows aplenty as you witness changes from one year to the next. I remember with great affection and nostalgia the ponds, fields and woods of childhood in the mining valleys of Wales where I spent the first 18 years of my life. At first sight, many would think that such an industrially scarred landscape was devoid of any interest as far…

In July of 2015, I moved to Bozeman, Montana to join World Wildlife Fund’s Northern Great Plains team. I was thrilled by the opportunity to move into a new role in the conservation world, but understandably anxious by the prospect of leaving the wild places that I loved in South Carolina behind. In many ways, though the transition has been pretty great, I’ve felt bouts of homesickness for familiar. With the arrival of spring, I have finally begun to feel like perhaps I am home, again. This past…