Wild Boar (Sus Scrofa)

Wild Boar (Sus Scrofa), originally uploaded by Ben909.

Another shot from this encounter with the newest arrivals to the Forest of Dean. You can just about make out another young one in the background rooting the forest floor, and another one trying to muscle in at the corner in the foreground. There were two sows present - more pictures soon :)

Another adder

Another adder, originally uploaded by Ben909.

Shame about all the grass on this one. The eye reflects all the grass that he was under, as well as reflecting me.


Adder, Forest of Dean, originally uploaded by Ben909.

Saw two or three adders today, but mostly they didn't want to pose for pictures. Managed to get this one though, and a couple of very close ones. Always tricky to get a clear view of them without grass and stuff in the way. Found a grass-snake yesterday too, but again, no picture :(

Winter Glow

Winter Glow, originally uploaded by Ben909.

This was taken back on Christmas Eve, 2009. Not sure why it's taken so long for it to find its way online, but here it is.

Wild Boar Sow

Wild Boar Sow, originally uploaded by Ben909.

This is one of two wild boar sows that were looking after 10-12 young (not in shot), photographed last weekend in the Forest.

They're back! :)

They're back! :), originally uploaded by Ben909.

It's taken me two or three weeks to find them, but I've finally found my first wild boar piglets of this year! I got quite a lot of pictures of them, along with the parent sows. It's that time of year again, and I've still got tons of shots from last year that I haven't uploaded!

Me elsewhere...

Before I started this blog, I also regularly posted images, not only from the Forest of Dean, to Flickr, and I still regularly do. Since then I've started my 'proper' site from which it is possible to buy images, and then with that went the seemingly obligatory facebook and twitter feeds. Then there's the very occasional youTube video, and my silly mobile phone photography blog... you get the point. So I decided to set up yet another site, specifically to bring together all the other stuff in to one place. Here it is - www.benlocke.co.uk

A Passage In Time

A Passage In Time, originally uploaded by Ben909.

This was shot late last night in the Forest of Dean (Plump Hill). It was done with 103 x 30 second exposures, so shows just under an hour's worth of the Earth's rotation. A torch was used to illuminate the foreground in the final exposure. If it weren't for the frost that was forming throughout the shoot, the weather was perfect with not a cloud in the sky.