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Last week, I travelled to Guernsey on the Condor with my family. Cross-channel ferries are not an environment where you would expect to spot wonderful wildlife, and yet, after 3 rather dreary hours with no view whatsoever, because the air conditioning went crazy and fogged up the interior of the windows for much of the trip, I had one of the most incredible wildlife experiences of my life.

As we swung into St Peter Port harbour, a dolphin, with it’s glistening grey flesh, took a fancy to the boat’s bow wave and leapt in and out of the sea just outside the window where we were sitting. I have never seen a wild dolphin so close, you could almost feel it’s joy as it leapt through the salty sea in the sunshine. I was so excited to share the experience with my 8 year old little boy… that I completely forgot to snap a photo!

So the moral my the story is to snap at every opportunity. I usually do. I am an insomniac and I find that my 5 or 6 am rise results in the most stunning sunrise photos. The first photo in my scroller above was shot from my balcony at the Royal Riviera hotel on the Cote D’Azur this spring. Later that day I shot a lone seagull which was flying between the palm trees above my lounger.

Other random and unexpected moments which resulted in magical photographs over the last year, were leaves falling in London’s Green Park, a cable car trip back from the World Travel Market with marvelous views over London, ice glistening on my windscreen and of course, my local Sandbanks beach which offers some of the most beautiful vistas in the world (although, not an awful lot of wildlife!). All these photos can be found on my scroller above and I hope will inspire you to snap your next wildlife or scenic experience, rather than miss the “money shot” like I did!

The header shot in this article is my own wildlife creation. I grow lavender in my garden because the UK’s declining bee population concerns me. As a result, every bee in the area seems to frequent my lavender, so this morning, I shot this happy little bee flying between my lavender flowers. It turns out that you may not have to travel far to photograph beautiful wildlife.

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