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Encounters

Personal reflections on encounters with nature
Fulmar © Richard Baines

Time And Tide Wait For No Man...

  • Thu 7th Feb, 2019

It had caught me out again, the tide. I had delayed too long and time had run away from me, until there were only two hours left until it was high. I donned my boots and scarf and set off to South Landing, along the dazzling white rocky shore, blindingly bright in the winter sun.

Snow Bunting on Filey Brigg © Dan Lombard

Snow Hunting...

  • Sun 20th Jan, 2019

Noses cold and scarves wrapped tight, we fought against the shoves and pulls and walked out on the peninsular above Filey Brigg.

Black-winged Stilt © Richard Baines

Fly Like A Bird…

  • Fri 21st Dec, 2018

The archetypal China landscape stretched before me; the craggy mountains shrouded in mist, a deep body of water littered with lone fishermen’s rafts and haunting junks floating along and, ever present, the high call of some water bird, of which many scattered the muddy shores.

Primrose and Wood Sorrell © Richard Baines

Wood You...?

  • Fri 23rd Nov, 2018

As a child I was enthralled by the magical stories of The Enchanted Wood and now, as an adult, I am lucky enough to have an enchanted wood right on my doorstep!

Puss Moth adult © Richard Baines

There Be Dragons...

  • Fri 19th Oct, 2018

The ancient legends of old tell of dragons, or monstrous worms, which would roam the earth, devouring all that stood in their path. This is what came to mind the first time I ever encountered a puss moth caterpillar.