(Wild)Life Through a Lens

As I was driving through a small village in Bedfordshire’s back of beyond this morning, I saw a small flush of blossom and a hint of green… you know, that unmistakably fresh, vibrant green that comes with the first buds of a new season’s growth. Spring is late this year, and although we’ve been busy doing the last of the fruit tree pruning and starting to tidy the long borders, the drab browns and dirty ochres of winter have lingered for too long. 

I’ve struggled to update my blog for a number of reasons, but mostly because spring has been a long time coming and the garden has been slow to wake up. There’s not a lot out there to actually photograph, but I’m hoping in a couple of weeks it’ll be all change. Over the years, I’ve captured the changing of the seasons in the garden through the lens, and it’s given me a whole new perspective on the beauty in the apparently simple plants and trees I grow. This year, we will be growing some spectacular floral specimens, and I would really love to take up more photography this spring and summer… though we have found with a toddler and all the gear that comes with her whenever we travel, Rich’s digital SLR setup is getting a bit bulky to carry around. If you’re thinking about improving your photography, this 4K Wildlife & Sports Camera is a great midpoint between a capable phone camera and a complex professional setup. 

As we’re still teetering on the cusp of spring, I thought I would provide a little inspiration with some of my favourite pictures from the last 11 years here at The Smallest Smallholding. And let’s be honest, I’m in need of some vibrancy and colour in my life right now too… 

I’ve selected a few of my favourite pictures from the years. It’s not an exhaustive collection, but many of the pictures have some wonderful memories attached to them:

Lark Ascending rose

Planting tulip bulbs in Autumn


Morning light


Bee on Helenium









Although some of these pictures were lucky “snaps” taken on my long-dead iPhone, and some were on my handy Panasonic Lumix, the closeup shots were courtesy of our digital SLR and a macro lens. I’ve been lucky enough to live with a keen photographer, my partner Rich, who has invested in some pretty decent kit. Over the years it’s meant that we’ve been able to catalogue so many pictures and with the macro lens, see the world in a different way.

I think my favourite picture has to be the bee on the yellow helenium. We set up the tripod and captured the bees just going about their business one sunny afternoon. I just love the colours and the detail, and the green softness in the shallow depth of field in the background. I had never seen a bee in so much detail before and it gave me an entirely new perspective on them.

Let’s hope that spring in full swing isn’t too far off now…  and there’ll be plenty of opportunities to capture the season at it’s best. 

This is a collaborative post.

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