Malvern Hills Queens Jubilee Bonfire Beacon

I was lucky to cover the event of the lighting of the Malvern Hills Beacon for the Queens Jubilee last night.  A fantastic event to be part of and a massive crowd turned up to watch it.

Here are some of the images I took last night during the event after the beacon had been lit.


105/365 Black-headed Gull


This image of a winter plumaged Black headed Gull goes against pretty much all of the rules of photography; the bird is flying out of the frame, both wing tips are cut off, no room for the subject to go into.
Despite all of these, I really like this image, particularly the backlighting which highlights all of the feather details around the wings and the tail, and the water droplets dripping off its plumage aswell.
With photography I always think…. rules are there to be broken! 😉

Black-headed Gull, Chroicocephalus ridibundus, West-Midlands, 2009.
Canon 40D with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

Heralds of Malvern!

I went into the kitchen to make a well-deserved cup of tea only to find some sort of moth staring back at me from the door! After seeing its black and white stripy legs from the inside of the glass, I opened the door to find a very well marked and immaculate Herald moth.  With this being a new species for me, I initially thought it was some sort of Thorn moth but after a few phone calls and sending some record shots of it to a good friend, we discovered its true identity.  Carefully placing it into a pot, and grabbing a handful of windfall leaves I set the studio up and snapped away!