Wednesday 6 October 2010

Autumn Spectaculars

Dave recently mentioned that with fall comes some great opportunities for the autumn colours.

Here is the UK, one such location that is always wonderful in October is the arboretum at Westonbirt.  This year they have a great little photo blog so you can keep an eye on the colours yourself and judge when to go.  It will probably be in a couple of weeks time when they are at their best.  I usually try to go for early doors first thing, and get there before the crowds and if you can make it a weekday then even better.

On the other side of the country in North Norfolk, this coming weekend is one of the best for the Knot Spectacular at RSPB Snettisham.  I am quite happy to tell you all about this, as I will not be heading that way as I have other plans.  The Knot Spectacular only happens a few times a year and is dependant on the highest tides pushing thousands of birds off the tidal estuary of the Wash and onto the land.  There used to be a special photographers hide there for two people set very low.  It was closed at the end of 2008 due to some photographers not abiding by the rules to go in and out at certain times/states of the tides, resulting in the disturbance of the birds, and spoiling the day for the other watchers in the main hides.  Once again, a few spoiling it for the majority, which is a sad state of affairs, but not untypical of some photographers of wildlife, rather than wildlife photographers who will always consider their subject before the photograph.

As for my plans? - well you will have to wait and see what I write about and post next week.


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