After weeks of being stuck at home under lockdown, I'm now finally getting out with my camera for an adventure.
I often say on this channel that you can find adventure anywhere and with the current restrictions that Coronavirus has brought, there's never been a better time to live by that message. It is going to be some time before we can all travel again with the same freedoms we did just a few months ago, so now is the time, more than ever, to appreciate what we do have, make the most of the area where we live and to find adventure in our own 'backyard.'
So.... I headed to my local cemetery!
An unusual choice I know but the gardens in my local cemetery are beautiful, so much so that it has won awards! It is home to many woodlands,stunning, vibrant flowers, herons, a stream, wooden sculptures, squirrels and even deer.
I decided to walk around to see what I could find as I used to have a lot of fun wandering around here when I was a child, trying to discover all the hidden wonders this place has.
I actually ended up having even more fun than I thought I would, particularly when I spotted some bees collecting pollen at these beautiful flowers.
They were incredibly difficult to photograph, they move around so much and so quickly, so tracking them is very difficult. You are also working with very small margins, the bees themselves are very small so the focus point is small, you also have to stems, petals and everything else to contend with, so getting that focus just right was incredibly challenging.
It's always the challenges like this that I love so much about photography though and so I found myself really in my element here, particularly since it was the first time I had been allowed to spend any real time outdoors doing photography with current restrictions in place around Coronavirus.
Now is the time more than ever for us to explore the places we have on our own doorstep. Typically the argument is 'easy for you to say...' 'I don't have anywhere interesting where I live.' Before Coronavirus hit and being put on lock-down, the only time I ever visited the Cemetery was to lay down flowers for my Dad who is buried there. I never actually took the time to explore... Explore in the same way that I did when I used to visit here as a child.
And I think that is the important point. Maybe we should all go back to being children again because children have no problem finding adventure in their back garden. I had one of the best days I have had in quite a while when I actually took the time to, not just visit my cemetery but to explore - walking around and just enjoy it. The same way a child would.