Although I can spend countless hours watching and waiting for ‘the moment’ in nature with butterflies, bees, lizards and anything else that moves or grows, my patience with life in general is limited, especially with myself: I need change, challenges and my spirits sink with the humdrum. One of the many reasons I love natural history is that there are so many opportunities for those small things that bring joy and mean that life is never dull and they cost nothing.



One of the first pictures I took with the new Panasonic GH4 fitted with the Laowa 15mm f/4 wide angle macro. This is the Piano Grande in Italy’s Sibillini National Park one of my favourite places and just right to try out new gear.

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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.


Spring crocus (Crocus vernus) tint the landscape towards the Cornu Grande (2012m) the highest peak in the Apennines.

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