On a sunny but windy day a number of KPS members, 12 to be precise, gathered at a nature reserve, Drumburgh Moss.
Drumburgh Moss National Nature Reserve is a site of international importance, dominated by an expanse of lowland raised mire, one of Western Europe’s most threatened habitats. Sphagnum moss, sundew and other bog-loving plants thrive in the wetlands that make up much of the terrain. Curlew and red grouse breed and adders and roe deer are seen.
However, we were there to photograph insects a mixture of Damsel and Dragonflies, Butterflies, Beetles, Grasshoppers, Spiders and Bees.
After days of quite heavy rain, the Reserve lived up to its reputation of being boggy.
Our organiser, Tony Marsh, led us onto the site and then we split up into small groups to find some suitable specimens. Finding such flighty insects and then photographing them in the wind and intermittent bright sunshine was quite difficult and involved quite a lot of fiddling with camera settings and positioning to get an ideal background that complimented the insect. A mixture of camera equipment, telephoto lenses, macro lenses and flash were used. Tripods on the whole were abandoned.
Attire involved a variation of footwear from sandals to wellies, over trousers and waterproofs.
Lunch for some involved a glass of wine and salmon sandwiches, others were happy with a thermos flask filled with coffee or tea and some fairly ordinary sandwiches followed by some fruit.
A good day was had by all and I am sure we will see some of the images on one of our members evenings in the forthcoming season.
It’s a good way of socialising whilst still having photography at the heart of the occasion.