Bluebell Wood, Derbyshire: May 2018

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Hardwick Hall: May 2018

Spring is sprung

I found a new hide yesterday. Great little find nearby, with so many species frequenting the feeders – including two Great Spotted Woodpeckers at one point! I was excited, it’s true, and spent an hour or so with the camera trying to get some decent captures. However, I was limited in light levels as, by the time I found the hide, it was beginning to darken. To up my shutter speed meant losing depth of field, and I do like my DoF… so I left the camera in AV mode and did my best with low light.

Many blurred images later, I have concluded I need to visit this hide in lighter hours, and use TV mode more for wildlife shots to obtain the really sharp results I want! I managed to get a few sharp(ish) shots, however, and have used LR to adjust the sharpness and shadows in the relevant areas. Here is a small selection – a Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus), a Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) and Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major pinetorum).

Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire

Replacing an 11th century Norman fort, the Peverils erected a 12th century castle on the site, which was later replaced by a larger castle, stables and manege, and a much later ‘little castle’ designed for luxurious entertaining of guests. Both castles (now owned by English Heritage) stand empty, the ‘little castle’ at least maintaining a roof, some furnishings and a maintained garden, whilst the larger castle is in a state of ruin. Both stand high on a hill overlooking Bolsover and provide impressive views of the surrounding areas of Derbyshire.