A break in Dumfrieshire

Took the opportunity of a wedding free bank holiday to head off in the motorhome for a few days nature photography. We headed to Dumfrieshire, in particular, the area around Portpatrick where I had a brief winter weekend break a few years back. Portpatrick in spring is a very different place for the wildlife and landscape photographer with lots of colour, animals, birds, insects and sweeping vistas to go at. It was awesome to be able to photograph wild peregrines before breakfast and then spend the day doing some fine art nature images such as the ferns and bluebells in the dark Scottish woodlands. Many photographers would probably walk past the ferns considering them not too photogenic, but for me they’re just the opposite. Photographed on a dull day with a heavy overcast sky, the verdant greens and the deep rugged texture of the leaves just jump out of the image.

fine art nature photography by John Gardner

Portpatrick coast at sunset by West Yorkshire landscape photographer John Gardner

dusk over the coast of Portpatrick

peregrine falcon by wildlife photographer John Gardner

Black Guillemot against red boat

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