Sunday, December 21, 2014

Seals

Its been over seven years or more since I last paid a visit to a seal colony in winter. I put a few of my older images from my visit back then to Donna Nook in Lincolnshire on flickr. Since those days I have read & heard so many concerns about too many people & photographers disturbing the seals at this location, so I never returned, as felt for the sake of the seals human access should be very limited and greater controlled or better still shut the beach off totally. You can still see & photograph from the viewing point at Donna with out the need to do a beach assault.


I was told a number of years ago to pay a visit to the Norfolk coast as there is a good colony of Grey Seals that pup & breed on a stretch of beach that gives good & safe access with minimal disturbance to the seals. This year & this week I finally got round to go & waited for a reasonable day for good light and made the just over 2 hour trip to Horsey. I arrived at about 7.30am and walked out to the viewing points that had been set up & roped out. Peace, not a sole about other than a couple of dog walkers in the car park. Just me & the seals for at least 2 hours of the morning. The beach was closed for access to avoid disturbing the seals just as it should be too. WELL DONE FRIENDS OF HORSEY SEALS.
I walked the dune edge (within the allowed area as respected the volunteers & Friend of Horsey seals wishes as the Seals welfare is more important than any photograph) I found a particular spot with an interesting group of seals and with the light just right. Spent rest of the morning sat watching and photographing the seals doing their natural thing with no one walking out upsetting and disrupting me or the seals. WONDERFUL.
I have added a handful of images of the Bulls, cows & pups on flickr. These were all taken from the viewing area on the dunes using a 500mm & a 1.4x convertor as required. Hence the natural behaviour & look of the images as no disturbance occurred whilst capturing these images. Pupping has probably peaked now with reports of around 700 pups counted over this winter. Looks like the seals have had a much better year after last years troubles with the tidal surge that occurred sadly wiping out many pups. I Will not return anymore this season but will certainly pay another visit in a few winters time.


See some of the images at:  www.flickr.com/photos/raystammersphotography



Saturday, November 22, 2014

Xmas Craft Fair

Will be attending my last show of the year at Olivers Nursuries Garden Centre, Maldon Road, Witham, Essex. (Home of my Gallery in the Tearooms). 5 minutes of the A12 Witham turn off.


Date: Saturday 13th December & Sunday 14th December 2014.


This is a Christmas Craft Fair with about 30 traditional & local crafts & stall holders in the Garden centre visitor gift shop area. Come and see us and pick up a last minute present enjoy some mulled wine or Christmas lunch at the teashop.


Ray


www.flickr.com/photos/raystammersphotography



Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Craft Show in Coggeshall Village Essex

Hi, I will be at The Xmas Craft Fair at Coggeshall Village Hall on Saturday 15th November 2014. This is the 1st time I have attending this event and is for 1 day only 10-4pm
Ray


www.flickr.com/photos/raystammersphotography



Thursday, November 6, 2014

Hylands House Craft Fair 8th & 9th Nov 2014

Hi, I will be at the Hylands House in Chelmsford, Essex (V Festival venue) just off the A414 displaying at the Christmas Craft Fair with the Guild of Essex Craftsmen this weekend 8th & 9th Nov 2014 along with many other artists, Painters, Potters, Sculptures, Wood turners, Toy makers, Jewellers, Weavers, Ceramics, etc... All local Essex craftsmen under one roof.


I will have a good selection of images including some recent Fallow Deer Bucks & Owl work. Hope to see you there.


I have re-plemished the flickr site go to:  www.flickr.com/photos/raystammersphotography and will keep adding over the coming weeks.


My wood feeding station is coming along paid a few visits in the last few weeks, at present mainly the usual Tits, Finches and random Jays popping in. Hoping for Bullfinch & Nuthatch once the weather gets colder & food gets scarce.


Also hoping for Kingfishers to visit my garden pond again this year. These tend to make an appearance on cold mornings. They turned up several times last November & December. This time I have put out a few more natural perches & hopefully get some images this winter.


Thanks
Ray



Monday, September 29, 2014

Tea Rooms Gallery revamped

Hi I have just re-vamped my picture gallery at Oliver's Nurseries Garden Centre Tea Room with my new format double mounted & framed images. There is a mix of British birds & Mammals on display, from Kingfishers, Bitterns, Owls, Birds of prey to rutting Stags & Boxing Hares. All available to buy.
You can see these at:
Oliver's Nurseries, Maldon Road, Witham (Nr Wickham Bishops), Essex.


PS. Please Note my flickr site currently has no images uploaded. Having this running for well over 5 years now, I decided to clear everything off & I am going to put some more latest images on soon to refresh the site. Don`t forget as usual if there is a species you are looking for please let me know by email. I can still upload if I have these for you to look at. Please keep checking at:


http://www.flickr.com/photos/raystammersphotography


My email is: raystammers@tiscali.co.uk


I will be attending the following Craft Fairs for Autumn/Winter 2014.


8th & 9th November 2014 @ Hylands House, Chelmsford, Essex. For the Guild of Essex Craftsmen Xmas fair.


15th November 2014 @ Coggeshall Village Hall, Coggeshall, Essex. An exclusive 1 day event only at this new venue.


13th & 14th December @ Oliver's Nurseries (home of my gallery) Maldon Road, Witham, Essex. For the Xmas Craft Fair.


Hope to see you at any of the venues.


I will be spending the winter months concentrating on my Woodland hide & will post some images hopefully as things develop over the coming months on flickr.