Plants & Fungi
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Michael Clark | Snowdrops in Woodland Habitat


 
 

 

Name: Michael Clark
Picture title: Snowdrops in Woodland Habitat
Category: Plants & Fungi
Nationality:
British
Occupation: Financial Director of a civil engineering company

Michael says:
‘I am passionate about natural history and in particular that found on my local patch. I visit and revisit the same areas over and over again, and in all seasons, that’s when you see and recognise change.

The woodland where these snowdrops grow lies within a few miles of my home in Inverbervie, on the exposed, east coast of Scotland. Benholm Wood is a location I have visited since childhood and photographed regularly over many, many years. Over this time I have witnessed incredible change within the wood and to its natural flora. Nothing has had more impact in recent years than the Ash dieback virus. Huge numbers of mature trees have succumbed to this horrible disease and have subsequently crashed to the ground, creating dangerous and almost inaccessible areas of lush, moss covered, rotting Ash wood. Within these damp, shady areas, there are now many gorgeous clumps of wild snowdrops. One of the greatest highlights of my photography year is to follow and record the life of these beautiful and amazingly photogenic members of the lily family from their first emergence in December of each year. The low light levels within the wood at this time of year demands that every image is recorded with my camera fixed firmly to my trusty old Benbo tripod.’

Technical information:
Pentax K-1
Pentax FA 43mm Limited
ISO 100
f/10
1/20 secs
Accessories:Benbo Tripod with a Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head
Post processing: Photoshop Elements – image straight from the camera.

Flickr: Eiderdrake.