As September draws to a close the evening get darker and the nights very much cooler and this weekend marks the last official club weekend. Members are allowed to visit at anytime during the year but the inclement weather normally means most don’t. For us its a time when we hope for good weather but also its a time,when we think of other ways to spend our free time. In the past we’ve had visits to places as far away as Whitby, Stonehenge and the New Forest but with finances stretched we have to think of things a little closer to home. On least three occasions we’ve managed to go to BN’s Alton Towers naturist weekend at the splash resort but even that will have to go or at least be put on hold for this year at least.
All is not lost as I found out this week when with camera and my new zoom lens in hand I popped out and visited four of the local nature reserves and took some wonderful nature shots. Essex Wildlife Trust take care of the sites and its amazing what you can find to shoot. Of course you can’t go clothes free but with a chilly nip in the air this is probably not a bad thing. My last post had just a few shots from Newland Grove nature reserve,the shots in this post were taken at Little Waltham meadow,Sandylay and Moat Woods as also Phyllis Currie nature reserve near Great Leighs. These four vary in nature but all show how the English countryside differs depending on the natural landscape.
The Essex Wildlife Trust is a wildlife trust which started in 1959 covering the county of Essex and part of Greater London. Its headquarters is at Abbotts Hall Farm, Colchester. At present the E.W.T. have 32,000 members and a total of 314,000 people visiting their visitor centres,each year. The trust manages 87 nature reserves of which include 2 Nature Parks. Their reserves cover 7,250 acres of land. They operate 9 visitor centres which are located at:
◾Belfairs Woodland Centre
◾Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
◾Thorndon Countryside Centre
After a enjoyable few hours clicking the shutter I was pleased with the results especially the ones of the birds in flight and the one stationary insects.
The lens I’d bought was the the Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III which offers a considerable amount of zoom power at a lower price. This lens is aimed at someone that sees photography as a hobby like me. It is also aimed at people that either do not have the budget to stretch to a more expensive lens or is perfectly happy with a standard quality lens.The 75-300mm focal length offers plenty of scope to capture a range of subjects and photo opportunities that you may not be able to get right up close to. The EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III is also compatible with 58mm filters. It does have its limitations but overall it does offer excellent value for money.