As the clock ticked over and the Sun rose over Great Britain on May 5th 2014, blowing away the cobwebs of winter, I revisited the Jack in the Green Festival on the south coast of England most famous for being the gateway for the Norman invasion in 1066.
It was a fantastic warm spring day of Morris Dancers and mayhem and quite a sight for the senses.It was held in a field next to Hastings castle and overlooked the splendid sight of the main town in all its glory.At its centre was a stage where performances of various kinds ranging from Morris dancing to belly dancing entertained the masses that descended upon the seaside town.
It starts with a procession around the town and culminates with the symbolic slaying of the Jack of the Green which symbolically frees the spirit and welcomes the transition of the Winter into the Summer.The tradition has many roots and I have another article on the subject earlier in this blog.
Needless to say,this festival never disappoints and is one of the best Green Man festivals in the UK and well worth a visit.
Here are a few shots shot on a Nikon D700 with a 17-35mm f2.8.
Images Copyright Kerry davies/No unauthorised usage .
October is here again and Autumn is in full swing as nature pulls out one of its last ace cards before the dark days of winter descend.Yet again I find myself witness to the annual stag rut in Richmond Park Surrey near London.
The scene is set for one of the most spectacular and active periods of animal behaviour in the seasonal calender of the Park as male stags compete for control of the female deer and try to create harems with which to mate .The event provides some primeval and stunning action that has remained unchanged since time began and if you have a bit of seasonal mist can be a very memorable experience.
Armed with an Nikkor 300mm f2.8 and a 500mm f4 on a D200 body,I followed the herd for a morning observing the behaviour as the hours passed watching for any clashes and unusual behaviour.The Stags can be quite reactionary and the slightest noise can send them charging off at a perceived threat so its wise to shoot from a distance and give them space,it surprises me no end that people are frequently letting lose dogs and children to chase them!!
It is a stunning way to spend the morning and you get a bit of exercise as well.Heres a selection of pics I took so please enjoy and maybe consider a visit yourself.
You looking at me!!!
All the best.
Pictures copyright Kerry Davies www.wabisabipix.com
Check out this poor chap showing the result of several weeks of rutting in the annual rut in Richmond Park near London.The ladies don’t seem too bothered however and the hornless chap still seemed to have a vast harem.Stag like this quite often prove to be the Boss however since their potentially lethal single antler quite often ignores the Queensberry rules when it comes to fighting!
Alls fair in love and war I guess!
A few other images on a relatively fight free day,I guess the stags are a little knackered after several weeks of beating themselves up and chasing skirt!
Pictures copyright:kerry Davies www.wabisabipix.com