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.



077/365 Snow on the hills

Todays image, no 077, is a wintery scene on the Malvern Hills. I would be interested in what my viewers think of this. I have played around with the contrast and saturation in this image to get more of a moodier image from the original.  The original was very flat and pretty boring and I thought this version was more realistic of what I saw.  Any comments on this would be appreciated.

Snow on the Malvern Hills looking south towards Worcestershire Beacon from North Hill.
Canon 40D with Canon 17-40mm.

Malvern Hills guided walk 26/7/11

Henley-in-Arden Wildlife Society contacted me and asked if I could take their group on a guided wildlife walk on the Malvern Hills in Worcestershire. 
Worcestershire Beacon followed by North Hill was the plan for the morning walk and then British Camp and Swinyard was programmed in after lunch.  17 people turned up on what was a great day for walking and being outdoors and also for observing wildlife.
Some great birds were seen including Pied Flycatchers chasing Redstarts around a hawthorn tree, two migrant Wheatears, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a very close flyby from a juvenile Sparrowhawk, hovering behviour from both Kestrel and Buzzard (although I think the Kestrel wins feathers down!) Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Stonechat feeding their young, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Goldcrest, Linnet and juvenile Whitethroat to name but a few.
A great line up from the insect world were seen aswell including Small Heath, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Meadow Brown and excellent views of Grayling (a Malvern speciality), Cinnabar moth caterpillars, a single Vapourer moth caterpillar, Violet Ground Beetle, Wolf spider, and Funnel Web Spiders.
A great day with great company was had by all and the ice cream at the end just finished it off nicely! 😉
If you are a trust or society leader and would like to find out more about the guided walks I offer please get in touch either by email or by phone and I can discuss the options in more detail.