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Personal reflections on encounters with nature
English Oak - Rosedale © Richard Baines

Very Old Trees Above Rosedale Abbey

  • Sun 10th Jul, 2022

When I returned home on the 1st June, I just had to write about my five wow trees!

The Hollow Oak

The Hollow Oak

  • Fri 4th Mar, 2022

Think about your favourite nature walk for a moment. Is there a special place on the walk that you always look forward to visiting?

The Power Ball. Hundreds of Red Knot form a tight ball and power their way across the Humber Estuary at sunset © Richard Baines

The Power Ball

  • Fri 7th Jan, 2022

Mid-winter in Grimsby is not necessarily the time or place I expected to experience one of my most memorable natural encounters!

Mother and baby Spruce © Richard Baines

Encounters With Spruce Trees And Change

  • Wed 22nd Dec, 2021

I once read there are only three things certain in life; birth, death and change. I don’t remember where I read it but that’s not important, what keeps me smiling is observing the power of all three in nature.

Eurasian Curlew singing in the North York Moors National Park © Richard Baines

Time And Space For Curlews

  • Sat 3rd Jul, 2021

I have grown up with the haunting sound of Curlews inspiring my senses and lifting my spirit. They have always been there... On many of my walks I have been followed by a ‘courlieu’.