“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.”
John Burrows certainly speaks to me with that wonderful quote. Hello and welcome to “A Nature Journey”, and thank you for visiting! Photography is one of my passions, and one of the ways I record and interpret the beauty and wonders around me. All aspects of nature always awaken my curiosity, and never fail to excite and inspire me.
All it takes are a few moments to 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.
Peter Hillman June 2016
Platnickina tincta in Britain’s Spiders A Field Guide, 2nd edition 2020.
Lesser Water Boatman (Corixa punctata) nymph in Identification of Freshwater Macro-invertebrates in West Flanders 1st editon 2018.
All photos are taken in my small patch of South Staffordshire except where indicated. Many invertebrate species were recorded in my own small back garden. I created a small pond some years ago, have a log pile, a bee hotel, bird feeder and birdbath, and try to plant nectar rich flowers to attract pollinating insects.
I use iRecord to record my sightings.
My current equipment is the Nikon D7200. I use a Nikon Speedlight SB-700. I have 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 also use a Raynox DCR-250 conversion lens which I attach to the front of my lens so I can get that little bit closer.
Although I have a good general knowledge of species, and do diligent research, I am 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 so I can review it.
I really hope you enjoy the photographs here and they give out a good vibe. All the photographs which appear on this website have been taken by me, Peter Hillman. These photographs may be used for personal, educational or non-profit purposes. However, please let me know out of courtesy before using them, as I don’t want to find them suddenly appearing elsewhere on the internet, or anywhere else. For any other uses of my photographs please use the Contact page.