Arne is one of my favourite places in Dorset, at any time of year the woods, heath and saltmarshes are alive with wildlife and beautiful foliage. I love the colours of autumn best, foraging for chestnuts and searching for fungi.
My passion is photographing trees and the silver birch woods at Arne are a favourite, a few steps off the path and you are lost in a choir of elegant, silvery barked trees, thick orange bracken and bright green mosses. Every vista holds a picture, and the woods are alive with deer, birds, squirrels, water voles, dragonflies and spiders, it is so easy to get completely lost in the moment and the conversations of nature.
When I walk in the woods I try to capture the folklore and the magic of a world before industry. Arne is so quiet; you can escape completely at times and feel a connection it is hard to feel elsewhere. I try to leave out any trace of man in my photography; I think I am looking for a world we haven’t touched, and although Arne is managed by the RSPB and is frequently visited it is still somewhere to be immersed in nature. I usually have a 70-300 lens and take most landscape shots with that, this allows me to see closer into a view without disturbing and be able to turn and take a picture of the deer that was just startled in an instant.