hat & socks c/o RMBLR
Walking is becoming one of my favourite things. Especially in parks and nature reserves where I can enjoy the wonder of nature. I have always liked walking – when I lived in Queens Road Peckham I would often visit Peckham Rye Park for a good few hours. But my love of walking has definitely grown since I moved to Nottingham, with Wollaton Deer Park almost down the road. And since I got a car last year, I have been able to visit the Peak District and any other nature reserves as much as I want.
Walking for me is fun and calming in equal measure. It is mostly where inspiration strikes, given that nature is the biggest subject of my art. It also gives me an opportunity to really stand back from my business and life in general, as well as doing some self reflection. I resort to walking if I am stifled with a creative rut or extreme stress, especially to new places for a change of scenery. The fact that I also get some exercise is a bonus!
There are parks and nature reserves in mind I want to visit this year and I am excited to check them out, collecting ideas and having a happy time!
nikon f4, kodak gold 200, developed by carmencita film lab
I am very lucky to live pretty close to Wollaton Deer Park. When we got our first car, I was in hurry to visit with film camera in my hands.
It is huge and gorgeous, and just at the beginning of my first visit I spotted a big group of beautiful red deer sitting under the trees, which seemed to be friendly. Not friendly friendly but it is clear that they are used to being around with people. After a while, there were another group of deer – they were smaller and skipping across the fields avoiding people. I recognised them from my New Forest trip that they were fallow deer. I was pleased to see that there are conservation areas so deer and smaller animals still have their homes.
There are safety measures we need to be aware of when visiting to look at deer. Here is an extract from the website –
“The deer are very attractive to look at but it is important to remember that deer are wild animals and must be treated with respect. During the rutting (mating) season during September and October, each stag is very protective of his own group of hinds. During calving season in June and July, the natural instinct of the deer is to protect their young. Hinds and does with young may appear aggressive if approached. Any person or animal invading their space at any time may be attacked as the stags will defend their group. During such periods we would advise dog walkers to keep their distance and ensure that dogs are kept on leads at all times. Please do not feed, touch, or photograph the deer at close proximity.”
There is also a massive lake, a rather smelly one though. I walked all the way around the lake and there were some wooded areas along the way. I couldn’t take photographs due to a film roll being used up and was too poor to put in one more! The cost of developing pains me.
This beautiful park is becoming a place I visit twice monthly (if there wasn’t for parking charge I would probably visit more than that!). If I am to walk there, Google Maps says it will take an hour and 15 minutes (longer than this if I am to bring Aneurin due to needing eye contact to sign to each other!) and I would love to do the few hours of ‘circular walk’ on one of my Sundays! :)