Laurie Campbell, Bring up the Bodies and frosty mornings

On a recent visit to the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club in Aberlady, I was enthralled by the exhibition of photographs by Scottish wildlife photographer Laurie Campbell. The exhibition covers a range of birds, deer, sheep and otters and, for the enthusiastic amateur photographer, is inspirational i.e. maybe you don’t have the expertise, equipment or time to shoot such electrifying photos, you can aspire to do so. For a wider range of Laurie Campbell’s work – photos and books – check out his website – a treat in itself. I emailed Laurie and he kindly sent me the 1st 2 photos below – so many thanks for that.

I’ve just finished reading Hilary Mantel’s Bring up the Bodies, her brilliant Booker Prize winning sequence to Wolf Hall which I read previously. This is Tudor England and Henry V111, the autocratic king who is obsessed with having a male heir to succeed him, is getting rid of his wife Anne Boleyn. Mantel brings to life the machinations of the court by focussing on Thomas Cromwell, Henry’s scheming and ruthless fixer, who has to cope with the jealousies, the intrigues, the whisperings and the class distinction so prevalent at the court. We come to admire Cromwell (or Cremuel and he is sometimes disparagingly referred to) despite his readiness to have people imprisoned and executed, so that Henry can have his way. An admirable book.

Teh past week has seen frosty morning and bright days. Big skies – like the ones I used to see in Australia most days – have dominated, and once the frost has lifted, spring might not be far away, you feel. An opportunity for me to get my camera out and photograph the flowers which shrivel into themselves, and take on a white outer layer while preserving their inner health. Photos 3 and 4 below show the frosted coating on polyanthus and a pansy flower which, absorbing the sun’s rays, casts off its frosty coat. More on my Photopeach pages (use the full screen icon at bottom right of picture).

 

Grey heron (Laurie Campbell)

Grey heron (Laurie Campbell)

 

Waxwing (Laurie Campbell)

Waxwing (Laurie Campbell)

Frosted polyanthus

Frosted polyanthus

 

Pansy unfrosting in the sun

Pansy unfrosting in the sun

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