Monday, December 28, 2015

Events for 2016

Hello, Hope you had a good Christmas & happy New Year to you all.

Here is some dates in 2016 for the Diary on craft fairs I will be attending during of the year:

NT Grange Barn, Coggeshall, Essex. NOW CANCELLED BY THE National Trust Due to poor weather
Easter Sun & Monday 27th & 28th March 2016

Thames Chase 17th Century Barn, Cranham, Upminster, Essex
Bank Holiday Sun & Monday 29th & 30th May

The Tendring Agricultural Show, Manningtree, Essex
Saturday 9th July

Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, Essex
6th & 7th August

Cressing Temple Barns, Cressing, Essex
Bank Holiday Sun & Monday 28th & 29th August

Hylands House, Chelmsford, Essex
3rd & 4th December

I will add any other events that I may be attending in due course.
Thanks & hope to see you at some of the events

Monday, November 30, 2015

Last show of the year

I will be attending a Crafts for Christmas event at Mary Magdalene Church in Billericay High Street Saturday 12th Dec 2015, 10-4pm. Its free parking & free entry. Hope to see you there.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Hylands House

Hi, I will be at Hylands house this coming weekend 7th & 8th November attending the Christmas Craft event run by the Essex Guild. This year we have use all the downstairs of the house & full use of the new pavilion extension to the side of the house. Should be a good show.

For info This year there will be no Christmas craft event at Oliver's Nurseries, Witham which I usually attend 1st or 2nd week December. For some unknown reason its been cancelled.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Red Deer Rut

Just returned from a full day on Westleton Heath in Suffolk to capture some images of this years Red Deer rut. Have not been for a couple of years and certainly discovered a lot less deer around than I have ever seen in this area in the almost 10 years of visiting the rut here. With some of my old haunts deprived of any deer activity, seemed very odd.  Talking to some locals and as I suspected with noticing a few high chairs scattered around, there seems to have been quite a large cull taking place in the area. Much prefer wolves & Bears back myself, the natural way.
Anyway, I did manage to track a couple of groups down & spent sometime photographing and witnessing some rutting taking place. So, quite pleased with what I has managed to photograph. I have put a small selection on the Flickr site. Click on link below:

Now off to see the local Fallow Bucks and see what they are up to.
Speak soon, Ray.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Hi, Been out & about doing more garden & woodland birds getting set for the winter feeding stations. Also been checking out the local woods for more Fallow Deer. Started to see a good number of Bucks & groups of Does about will work these areas hopefully during the up & coming rut.

Got up early hours of Monday morning to witness & photograph the super moon with the lunar eclipse and for once the skies were nice & clear & managed a few shots taken from my bedroom window. I have posted an image on flickr.

My next show will be at Coggeshall Village Hall, Stoneham Street, Coggeshall, C06 1UH.
This is a one day event on Saturday 24th October 2015. This is a Guild autumn craft fair.
Hope to see you there.

Monday, August 10, 2015

@ Cressing Temple Barns this August Bank holiday Sunday & Monday

Hi, thanks all that came to Ingatestone Hall last weekend. Met many new faces that had not seen my work until now. Thanks for all the positive comments and appreciation I received +  thanks to all that made the commitment and purchased some of my mounted images, cards or bookmarks. I hope you all have many years of enjoyment with them.

For your interest I will be at the Cressing Temple Barns Guild of Essex Craftsmen Craft Fair end of this month the August Bank Holiday weekend Sunday 30th & Monday 31st. This event is much bigger than Ingatestone with close to 90-100 tables spread all over the site. Hope to see you there.

You may have noticed that some Astro images are starting to appear on the flickr site. I have started to play around with telescopes & cameras combined and looking into doing some deep space imaging. Just for fun, just need some clear & very dark nights to come, hopefully the winter nights will pay dividends. I will let you know how I progress with this as the year goes on. Keep a check on flickr to see what I may have achieved. Although its a steep learning curve & not as easy as I thought.

See you soon

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Recent goings on

Hi , Just been doing some more Kingfisher diving work in Suffolk. See flickr for details.
Also added another craft fair venue for this year I will be at St Marys church in the high street in Billericay Essex Saturday 12th December 2015. Please come along and visit us. There will be around 16 stalls inside the church + all the usual Christmas festivities going on.

In the meantime my next venue is August 8th & 9th at Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, Essex. open 12-5pm both days. This Tudor mansion is a magnificent venue to visit alone + the added bonus of the free craft fair within the entry price is worth a visit.


Monday, June 1, 2015


Hi, Just returned from a couple of days in Scotland photographing Ospreys & Dippers. Please see link to view a few of the images I managed to capture.

Its been 5 years since I last went to Scotland, that was early winter then & managed the usual red squirrels, Crested Tits etc.. But wanted to visit it in the summer for mainly Osprey well...
Despite the cold & bad weather with snow still on the mountains, bombarded with ice rain temperatures close to freezing. I managed to capture a few images of fishing Osprey for a couple of hours of 3 very early mornings 4am chilly mornings that is. It was brilliant to witness these birds in action & wonderful that I managed the shots as the light was mainly terrible albeit the 1st morning but no Ospreys showed up after 3 fished at first light but unable to achieve sharp images on those. The 2nd day was much better 6 birds within a couple of hours. The 3rd morning visit was very short 3 came in one after the other within minutes of setting up. Sadly none returned for the rest of the duration. But none the less came away very happy with what I had captured.

Dippers is a subject I have wanted to photograph for years & not getting these in the South eastern part of the UK it was something I really put some effort into during the very short stay in Scotland.  The three sites researched & recommended two of them on the last day came up trumps and finally managed a few shots. Managed to see & photograph a few other species whilst there: Grey wagtail, Ringed Ouzel, Heron, Lapwing & chicks, Thrushes, Red Grouse, Oystercatchers & chicks and more. Overall a short but very enjoyable visit. Pity its a 10 hour drive away.

Just ploughing through the Raws now. Have low res a few for flickr take a look.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Teashop Gallery extended

Just to let you know the Teashop in Oliver's Nurseries has recently re-opened under new management and newly named The Strawberry Tea Room. I have now been given more room for picture display & added some new frame sizes for display. All available for sale, so if you have not recently visited the Teashop, pop in & take a look at some of my fresh images & newly framed prints on display.

Location: Oliver's Nurseries, Maldon Road, Witham, Essex. CM8 JHY

I have been busy over the winter photographing woodland birds in a private wood. Proving quite difficult to get some of the species that habit this wood.
Here's a few species I have photographed at this site so far: Coal, Great, Long tailed & Blue Tit, Wren, Blackcap, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Robin, Pheasant, Jay & Buzzard. I am yet to get Siskins, Nuthatch & Bullfinch that have been seen in this wood. Will keep at it hopefully may get these soon.
I will post a few on flickr when get round to it.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Shows & events for 2015

Hi, another year upon us already. Please see a list of venues I am so far booked to attend for this year for 2015:

1. Easter Bank holiday Sunday 5th & Monday 6th April at The National Trust Coggeshall Barn, Coggeshall, Essex.

2. Saturday 11th July at The Tendering Show near Manningtree, Essex

3. Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th August at Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, Essex

4. Bank Holiday Sunday 30th & Monday 31st August at Temple Cressing Barns, Cressing, Essex

5. Saturday 24th October at Coggeshall Village Hall, Coggeshall, Essex

6. Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th November at Hylands House, Chelmsford, Essex
7. Saturday 12th December at St Marys Magdalene Church, Billericay High Street

For further information you can contact me :


Mobile 07742 125854

My flickr gallery:

I will add any more locations I decide to attend throughout the coming months.