Saturday, 9 April 2016

March 2016: Photo of the Month

"Polecat" by Sean Weekly

March has been a busy month, especially with Easter falling at the end of it. Lots of visitors, lots of great photos shared, including many of our foxes which seemed to be most popular this past month. Even old Biscuit seemed to get a lot of attention in her old age... nice to see. 

Of the photos shared and sent in, I have gone with the photo above taken by Sean Weekly of one of our polecats as March's Photo of the Month. 

Sean's photo of our polecat, Oriel, stood out for a few reasons. Firstly, it was one of few black and white pictures we see shared really adding atmosphere to the picture, secondly it is a stunning portrait really showing off her beauty with nothing else distracting the eye and thirdly it is an unusual angle. A lot of people will tell you not to shoot down on an animal in wildlife photography, but this photo shows you that in the right situation it can not only work, but work exceptionally well. Well done Sean.

Sean's photo will be in our coffee shop gallery next year along with the other chosen photographs for 2016, and be in with a chance to win a photographic day here at the Centre. To see more of Sean's photos, click on the link in his name. 

"Yawning Hugo" by Eileen Pocock

Some others that caught my eye this past month included this one above taken by Eileen Pocock. Eileen is only 15, but shows she has a keen eye to spot something unusual with capturing Hugo mid yawn!

"Wildcat" by John Royle

Jim Royle took this lovely portrait of McTavish while on one of our photo days. What I liked about this is it beautifully shows the two main distinguishing differences between a wildcat and a domestic. The tail, and the attitude!

"Red Fox" by Susan

And finally, a gentle portrait of Flo walking through the greenery in her pen. Stunning colours, and good positive motion with her paw coming forward. You can almost see her moving in the frame.

Great photos, and as always you can see more of their work by following the links in the names. Look forward to seeing more photos shared this month.

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