It’s that time of year again. If you celebrate Christmas hopefully by now you have gifts for your nearest and dearest bought and wrapped, a fridge full of delicious food and drink, and a decorated tree around which to enjoy the festivities. It is always one of my favourite times when I spend time with my family to reflect on the year just gone and look forward to the adventures that the New Year brings. I thought that I would extend that to you too and so today I’m reflecting on my three favourite shots of the year in my Christmas Review 2016.
It is always difficult to narrow down my favourites from a year’s worth of images but my first is this image of a Knapweed Gall Fly. It probably isn’t everyone’s idea of a beautiful subject but I like this image for several reasons – the fly is tiny but I really like the patterns on its wings and while I was photographing it I witnessed a fascinating dance take place – it uses its wings to signal to potential mates! Because of the small size and the fast win movements it was tricky to capture but I love the result, particularly with the clear green background.
My second is another insect, the larva of a Sawfly on a Birdsfoot Trefoil. Apart from the fact that I am pleased with the final image and I find the little larva quite characterful, this image is slightly sentimental for me because I took it whilst filming for a piece on Cambridge TV – my first TV appearance! This year has been a year of firsts for me both professionally and personally – I had some of my writing published, visited Sardinia and took my first flight in a glider too!
Finally, I had to include an image from my recent trip to Greece (another first – leading for Greentours). It was a really tough decision as there were several contenders but this image of a jumping spider won out in the end – I had wanted to photograph one for some time and finally got the chance. It was just one of many highlights in an action-packed trip!
I had thought that I might have a wider range of subjects as my favourite three this year but macro really has become a passion and although I’ve taken other shots these bring me the most joy. I hope that you have enjoyed them too. All that remains is for me to thank you for your continued support over the last year and to wish you all a Magical Christmas and a peaceful, prosperous New Year – see you in 2017!