Boxted Walnut Orchards is one of my favourite places on this huge planet…. It is as tranquil as it is stunningly beautiful. It is rural England at its very best – unspoilt, natural – and yet enjoyed by our small community as a place to meet up, relax, walk our dogs, and enjoy the wide variety of flora and fauna. Deer, a multitude of local birds, grass snakes and slow worms all live here – amongst the majestic Walnut trees, damsons and cobnuts. I first started to run around the orchards – but now visit them at a much slower pace, soaking up all there is to offer throughout the changing seasons. At the moment the damson blossom is in abundance – providing vistas suitable for a fairy queen’s wedding bower….
Rusty loves it here as well – as there is a wonderful area of open space for him to explore and run, without needing to be kept on a leash. He plays games with his tennis ball – running tirelessly to and fro. He follows trails of scents to his heart’s content, and chews sticks and empty walnut cases galore.
I took the opportunity this week to capture some action shots of him playing with his ball – by taking my 70-200 2.8 lens along with me, so that I could really practise my ‘pet photography’. Rusty was a fantastic model for me, and I captured some of my favourite shots so far.
The lens I used was the most expensive one from the kit I purchased – it is a phenomenal piece of kit, allowing for a super large aperture for such a big lens. This allowed me to capture the action shots at a fast enough shutter speed to freeze the action clearly – and yet create a lovely ‘bokeh’ surrounding Rusty.
I am looking forward to Rusty being able to mix with other dogs from this weekend onwards, as I am very keen to start practising my pet photography on my friends’ dogs in order to see how good I can get. If I want to forge a career in this area then I need to practise, practise, practise – and there is no better backdrop than the beautiful Boxted Walnut Orchards……