Finally all that snow is starting to clear up. Personally I quite like the cold and the snow, it keeps my joints tight and not inflamed and it keeps me alert.
Things have really been taking off in the past two weeks with a lot of planning going into new workshops which are now live under the tour section of the website.
One of the most exciting bits of news I have to share is the launch of our birds of prey workshop. Dean has run this workshop a few times on his own in the last year but none the less it’s quite exciting to have it all set up. Some brand new birds from our very experienced falconer including a simply stunning female Golden Eagle, she’s still young so we are veryprivilegedto be working with her already. We also have a fantastic female kestrel who I got to spend a few hours with last year on her first ever photo shoot. She is just a star taking everything in her stride. Of course we also have everyone’s favorite Merlin andPeregrinejoining us. I always have such a soft spot for these birds they are always in such amazing condition and so well behaved but I’ve never been as excited as I was yesterday. The Golden Eagle is the prettiest (OK Ishouldn’tsay golden eagles are pretty but she is!) bird with the most amazing markings and I cant wait to spend more time with her. We will also have a bonus bird of a tiny little American Kestrel, thefalconercompares him to a little bee as hes used in all his flying displays so for this reason hes a little sharp but we will be fortunate enough to let our clients take some portrait shots of this amazing bird.
I also got to achieve a life long dream of finally holding an Owl, I also got to let it go so I class that as I finally got to fly an Owl…. Basically we were trying to get some new images to show all of you these fantastic birds. This clever little Owl has a trick of hovering over a box before diving in, he will only do it once so you have to be quick. Thefalconerneeded a bit of help to set him off so I had a choice either take photos or achieve a life time goal… so I’m afraid ifyou’dlike to see the outcome of the images achieved you will have to pop over to Deans site ( I will beg him later for some images to show you this guy in action). I rate this experience as one of the best I’ve ever had since getting involved in photography. He is such a talented well trained owl but like most barn owls always eager to please so although he will only do this once hopefully we will be able to fly him from A-Frames before to give more of a chance of getting images.
So we are now looking to start taking bookings on this amazing new birds of prey workshop and I have a small feeling its going to be a busy one with such an stunning range of birds available. The Golden Eagle is going to prove very popular!
Other workshops now taking bookings include our sea bird workshops down to the Farne Islands in June (causing my Puffing obsession to slowly bubble again…) and our very popular Owl workshops being held at theScottishOwl Centre. Some of these workshops are fast filling up so please get in touch if you might beinterested. There are lots of things in the pipeline coming up which hopefully I can bite my tongue long enough to keep theexcitementfor their announcement
In other news:
As I’ve just mentioned my puffinobsessionis starting to resurface. I don’t think Dean realised the can of worms he has opened after we started organsiing our Farne Islands workshops. My plan this year is to try to end this obsession! I have a small feeling thisisn’tgoing to happen and I’m trying every which way to raise the money to go to the Falklands as soon as I can. There are a few things in life which I amactuallya little crazy about. Seabirds (particularly Auks and Albatrosses) and Penguins! Where else in the world would possibly be a bird/ nature heaven for me?
The only way I can see myself getting over this Seabird of any kind obsession is to truly sicken myself of them so my plan this year is to spend many many hours near them. I’m currently researching the most amazing location just of the cost of Scotland for a trip and I would be interested in hearing if anyone would like us to run this as a workshop. There are no blue ropes and very close access to the puffins. However its not the easiest place to reach and it is a dry landing buttrulyworth every minute.
The wedding bookings are starting to pour in now and I’m starting to find it abitof abalancingact, but it’s keeping me busy busy and I cant wait till this weekend to finally get back into the studio with a fantastic model. I find my true passion is in nature photography but the skills learned from doing different types of photography is invaluable and I really do enjoy some portrait work. Hopefully I will be able to post a blog with some of the results something a little different for everyone!
Newsletter and Website Announcement
As part of the new Eden Images we will be putting out a new newsletter every month either coming from me or Dean with pictures taken that month and details of any new workshops. I feel it’s also a great way to show everyone the conservation work that we get involved in. NeitherDean nor myself is in this for the money we simply love nature and photography. I’ve always been a firm believer in passing on my knowledge and always have done through teaching people to ride and continue to enjoy teaching with every client.
We would really appreciate if we could use some client feedback on our new website once it has been built and perhaps some of the images taken on these workshops that you are proud of and want to show off. More details soon on how to share your images.
Well I must go for now as I seem to have so much to do and organise 😀 but hopefully there will be more images in a few days.