Bluebells at Nostell Priory (National Trust)
John Gardner ARPS
At Wakefield Naturalists' this autumn we've had talks from as far
afield as Spitzbergen and Patagonia but this evening our resident
president, John Gardner, gives the talk and (with
the exception of a day return excursion to photograph killer whales
in a fjord in Norway) his recent subject matter is entirely British
wildlife and landscapes.
Captured on Film
John's work is featured on at least three wildlife calendars for
2006: at W H Smith's, Morrisons' and Woolworth's (the latter is,
I believe, entirely his own work). His entertaining talk highlights
the patience, knowledge and ingenuity required by a wildlife photographer:
none of which is much use without the eye for an image and the instinct
to catch the right moment.
Take a look at his WildScenes website (see
link below) to see the range of his work which includes birds
of prey, wild flowers and insects.
A Touch of Frost
Even when he's back in his studio on Wakefield's south bank, John
keeps an eye on the local wildlife, such as the swans, kingfisher
and mink on the Calder.
This summer his riverbank premises were overrun by a film crew
but they weren't there to film John at work; they were filming David
Jason in Near Death Experience, an episode of
A Touch of Frost.
Why John hasn't got his own series yet I'm not sure.
No, this isn't Ray Mears' stunt double -
John, photographed in his natural habitat by
fellow wildlife photographer, Steve Magennis.
So much for tonight's speaker, now for the main event of any evening
with the Wakefield Naturalists', the tea break;
a time to catch up on the latest wildlife gossip. We meet on the
second Tuesday of the month, in the Quaker Meeting House, Thornhill
Street, from September to April, and there are field meetings during
the summer. Please e-mail me for details. Everyone is welcome and
you certainly don't have to be an expert to enjoy these talks, just
to be fascinated by the natural world.
This evening a woman and her daughter walk in as Barbara and I
are making the tea and coffee.
'Could you tell me where the meditation class is please?'
'Are you sure you've got the right day,' says Barbara,' there's
a Naturalists' meeting upstairs tonight.'
'Naturists?!!' exclaims the woman, covering her daughter's
ears in alarm!
wildlife and landscape images by John
Richard Bell, email@example.com