About

Peter HillmanI would like say hello and bid you welcome to my nature photography blog and to thank you for visiting! Photography is my main hobby, and this is my way of recording the beauty and wonders I discover within nature. Most of the species found here were observed in the county of Staffordshire, England, where I live, whilst others are from around various locations in the UK. A few of these locations are coastal representing some of the fauna and flora which can be discovered there. However a majority of the photographs featured here were taken in my front and rear gardens. They are only small, but thankfully attract a lot of wildlife. I have recently created a small garden wildlife pond in the hope I can attract more diverse forms.

I find beauty, wonder, peace and liberation from the modern way of life with its fast pace and stresses by being close to nature. It has a way of soothing the spirit, and calming the soul. All aspects of nature always awaken my curiosity, and never fail to excite and inspire me.


All it takes are a few moments toΒ  simply stop, have a look around, listen and open up the senses to discover some of the interesting and fascinating wonders of nature. It is a hope that these pages will help in identifying some of these wonders and to further knowledge in these discoveries. It is also a hope to instill appreciation and conservation in the varied habitats and species which rely on them for future generations to enjoy and be inspired by.


Nikon D7200 with Sigma 105mm Macro Len and Nikon SB700 SpeedlightMy current equipment is the Nikon D7200. Nikon Speedlight SB-700. I use a Sigma 105mm macro lens for close-up work, which is my very favourite lens, as I love macro photography. I also use a Nikon 18-55mm lens for general photography, and a Nikon 70-300mm telephoto zoom lens for those far away photos. I don’t use a tripod as most things I photograph are taken in the moment, hence all the images on this blog are handheld. I do a little digital processing to try and bring out the best in the images I take before uploading them.

I have recently added a Raynox DCR-250 conversion lens which I attach to the front of my lens so I can get that little bit closer.

Deuterosminthurus pallipes

Deuterosminthurus pallipes

 

 

 

 

 

 


Please note that I am only an amateur in all that I do here, so if there are any mistakes made in identification I would appreciate it if you could let me know via a comment or the contact page so I can review it.


Please feel free to visit my other blogs:

Snapshots In Time

Back Garden Moths

Marmalade Hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus

Marmalade Hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus)

 

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53 thoughts on “About

    • Thank you for your kind words Margie :0) I am pleased I have found your wonderful site which is so detailed and full of the beauty and the wonder of nature. I will look forward to visiting more!

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  1. Hi Pete,
    Your blog is such a wonderful collection of photos, interesting creatures and the beauty that nature brings us. I have talked a few times on my own blog about wanting a pond in my garden one day to attract wildlife. I very much look forward to seeing what joys yours brings to you.
    Kind regards,
    Laura

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    • Thank you very much for stopping by and for leaving such a lovely comment. I had always wanted a wildlife pond in my own garden, but I kept putting it off, until I finally took the plunge this year. And within a short space of time I was amazed how much pond life was visiting and taking up residence there. In my ‘Garden Pond’ tab behind ‘Garden’ you will see what I have discovered so far. I hope you do build your own pond one day, Laura, and that you experience the daily delights as I have! Best wishes, Pete

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  2. Your two paragraphs at the end: “I find beauty, wonder, peace…” And “All it takes…” both capture how I feel outside when I photograph nature. It’s neat to discover people that have the same interests from across the globe!

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    • Thank you for your lovely comment πŸ™‚ It is indeed neat to join up with kindred spirits from around the world, and very interesting to see the flora and fauna on their side of the fence, so to speak.

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    • You are very welcome, and thank you for joining me here! Yes, I have always loved seashells, collecting them and photographing them, and wondering what the animal inside them was up to in life before shedding its shell.

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  3. Your new home page (or is it one I’ve never discovered before?) is a great showcase for your year’s photos. It’s an impressively wide selection of both well and lesser known species with some beautifully atmospheric images too.

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  4. Hi Pete,
    Many thanks for the follow on my photography blog, and for the many ‘likes’ on posts yesterday. It’s kind of you to take the time to look at so much, which takes time. I find it quite hard at times to comment on and like the (too many) blogs I follow, and write my own posts etc.

    I was just re-reading your ‘About’ page and a lot of your thoughts are the same as mine especially with regard to how nature is wonderfully calming and good for the spirit. I was brought up on a farm in Oxfordshire and moved to Canada when I was twenty-two, ending up in the Rockies in the very depths of nature. Now in a most wonderfully isolated spot in France with no one in shouting distance. Silence definitely feeds the soul.

    Re photography, like you, I hardly ever use a tripod, and I do some photo editing, I also use photo editing to create pictures for cards and a simple book I’ve written, and for sheer fun.

    Thanks again for following all my blogs! πŸ™‚

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    • You are more than welcome, Jude and thank you πŸ™‚ You appear to have travelled far and wide, and and have lived and live in some amazing locations on the planet. It is fabulous being close to nature! πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you for your query, Brian. I use an old version of photoshop, Adobe CS4. There is a new version available, and Adobe Lightroom, but you have to pay monthly for it, which is why I have not gone for it yet. It all depends on what you want to do. I only usually crop, adjust levels, reduce noise and sharpen. Maybe remove the odd artefact or two which may be a distraction from the main subject.

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  5. Hi Pete – I just saw your “new?” home page. Wow! What a huge and amazing selection of images. I was trying to scroll down to the bottom to leave a comment, but it just kept loading up more photos. How many do you have on that page?

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    • Hi Michael – Thank you very much for your lovely comment πŸ™‚ The home page has always been there, and each image represents a post, and there are 923 posts to date, hence 923 images on this page. Some posts have one image, others may have four or more. The top menu makes it easier to navigate as it breaks the posts down into catergories.

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  6. Hello Pete,

    I’m glad I found your website ! and I will frequently come back.
    Your photos are wonderful, You can see by looking at your photos that you are fascinated by nature.
    Wish you a nice day,
    Els

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    • Hi Els,

      Thank you very much for your lovely comment πŸ™‚

      I have visited your blog and you have some beautiful photographs on there, and you are certainly passionate about the natural world and phototography as I am πŸ™‚

      Best wishes, Pete

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