Originally submitted on Fri, 16/12/2011 - 20:17
Where has the year gone? It's all been a little quiet of late on the photographic front as I recover from surgery - wielding my heavy 28-300 mm lens on the Canon 7D amounts to nearly 2.5 kgs which is just too heavy for me at the moment. But I have made a couple of brief outings with the older and lighter 75-300 mm and little 24 mm wide-angle lenses, both old favourites. With a bit of luck, I'll be back in more full-time action soon.
Meanwhile, I have submitted some pictures into the 2012 Scottish Seabird Centre Photographic Competition, and six have been short-listed, in five of the six categories, including the Worldwide Flora category which I won in 2011. Everyone is welcome to visit the Centre in North Berwick and vote on their favourites. In order to be as impartial as possible, I would recommend visiting and voting first and then looking further at this website. I took a couple of my co-travellers to have a look at the display and after having voted, asked them to identify mine. Some were easy, but a couple caught them out...
One or two of my friends have been commenting on watching the recent "Frozen Planet" series narrated by David Attenborough, as the images reminded them of my polar pictures. I have been glued to it, and like many others, have been speculating on how the film crews achieved all sorts of phenomonal shots. I seem to have been reading Apsley Cherry-Garrard's highly-regarded book "The Worst Journey in the World" for a very long time now (oh, the perils of other distractions!) and having been lucky enough to have experienced the climate of both polar regions, felt myself to be right in the midst of all the visual and verbal picture-painting. But travelling as a tourist on a small Russian/Chilean ship cannot for a moment equate to surviving hurricane-force winds and temperatures of -70C (in pitch dark, in the case of the pioneers) for weeks on end, for the sole purpose of learning more about penguins. And I'm afraid there won't be any "brinicle" or other underwater pictures on this site, but I shall continue to keep my eyes open for the wonders that nature can show us above the surface.
To all, I wish you a peaceful and enjoyable festive season.