Springwatch has arrived in our garden

Hedgehog

We’ve recently treated ourselves to a new toy… an infrared camera trap. Tonight was a trial run with is, and we are utterly delighted with the results… our first ever night time image at 1:57am this morning was Mr Hedgehog having a wander around our orchard. I cannot wait to see if he comes back tonight and whether he brings anyone with him. We have twisted the camera a little further round to the left to try and get a better shot of him as he emerges from the wild. Watch this space…

View Post Posted at 7pm on 06/11/14 by Marie Knock | no comments | In: Europe, News, Technique, UK photography, Wildlife

Security

Elephants are one of nature’s greatest, but most gentle giants. As humans we show an incredible lack of respect to these great mammals, failing to recognise their majesty and grace. Poachers, drought and man-made boundaries are threatening the lives of these amazing creatures.

It’s heartbreaking to think how some people can stand in front of these giants, stare past the long beautiful eyelashes into their tiny glassy eyes and think of them nothing more than a trophy that’s there for the taking. We have had the privilege of seeing and communing with elephants both in the wild and at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s Nairobi orphanage. It’s impossible for your heart not to break as your orphaned elephant grabs your finger with his exploratory trunk and looks into your eyes with a trust he’s only just beginning to understand.

You cannot fail to shed a tear as you witness a new orphan being brought into the orphanage, scared, shaking and crying. In happiness? In sadness? I’m not sure. Ideally none of this would exist, no need for wildlife trust, replaced by an understanding and a safety. But in the absence of that, I have great appreciation for the work of DSWT, no more so on Daphne Sheldrick’s 80th birthday today. Daphne has been very ill recently but very pleased to hear she could enjoy today at home, “waking up to that all familiar birdsong and elephant trumpets”. I hope the trust continues to benefit from secure funding and blessed keepers who become so attached to the elephants, but I sincerely hope the reason for their existence changes, less of an orphanage, and more of a children’s hospital, nudging the species’ survival in the right direction.

For Daphne’s 80th birthday #daphne80 #dswt

View Post Posted at 8pm on 06/04/14 by Alistair Knock | no comments | In: Africa, Kenya, Travels, Wildlife

Blacker Than Black

I love photographs that you don’t understand immediately. Ice? Scree? Rock? Where are we? St Johnsfjorden / Prins Karls Forland in Svalbard. So what? Deception Island in Antarctica looks a dull grey but is ice govered in dust. This is a rock, isn’t it? Fully? That’s the nice thing about ambiguity… it makes you want to get off the boat and *know* what it is, with your boots whacking the floor and textures giving way.

The wisps of gorgeous orange light I like, but it’s the wisps of dark that fascinate me.

View Post Posted at 8pm on 05/22/14 by Alistair Knock | no comments | In: Arctic, Landscape, News, Polar regions, Travels

Photo: Alone With A Smile

Sunset explodes over a Swedish lake, illuminating the sky and mirror-still water surface. Have a great and productive Sunday everyone!

View Post Posted at 10am on 05/18/14 by Alistair Knock | no comments | In: News

Spring hasn’t quite sprung just yet…but it’s on its way

A close up of a springtime flower from Taraji Blue photography

Spring is here, but not that you’d know it with the grey skies today. The heating is back on and the jumpers haven’t quite been stored away yet. So let’s focus on what’s yet to come…glorious long warm nights, stunning springtime flowers and pretty insects pollinating.

Bring it on!

If you haven’t already done so, why not check out our springtime gallery on our Taraji Blue website http://photo.tarajiblue.com/p275742657

View Post Posted at 8pm on 03/17/14 by Marie Knock | no comments | In: News, UK photography

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Marie and Alistair Knock are wildlife photographers and filmmakers based in York, United Kingdom. Our goal is to present glimpses of the balance and harmony of the natural world, to reinforce the importance of its preservation.

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