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The White Stallions of the Camargue

White stallion leaping out of the surf at sunset typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Wild White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday

Horses have long been depicted as a metaphor for the wild, the majestic, and the unbreakable. Their spirit and their loyalty have been used to inspire the imagination. The white stallions of the Camargue are both a well-known fixture and an inspiration for the people of the area.

The Camargue is a wetland area at the mouth of the River Rhône where the landscape is composed of vast areas of salt marshes. The legendary white horses have lived here for centuries, cared for by their “Gardians”. They are used to manage the bull herds and also provide visitors with the opportunity to explore the Camargue region on horseback.

Our tour offers you the opportunity to get up close and personal with these magnificent white stallions and capture images of them fighting and running in the surf as well as intimate close-ups. Unlike similar tours, our price also includes a special creative portrait session using daylight and continuous lighting. If you would like to capture images comparable to the ones below, why not join us?

White stallion leaping out of the surf at sunset typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Wild White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday Continue reading

Wild White Horses in the surf of the Camargue beaches

Wild white horses in the surf typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Wild White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday

Is there anything more evocative than the image of a herd of wild white horses in the surf? For me, it brings back memories of that iconic scene in the Lord of the Rings when Arwen summons the river horses. Quite appropriate when you consider that the Camargue horses are also known as “the horse of the sea”. They are not shod and their broad hooves are evolutionary adaptions to their wet environment.

These magnificent horses represent one of the oldest breeds in the world. It is believed that they are descended from the prehistoric horses which lived during the Paleolithic period around 17,000 years ago. Unbelievably, despite being an ancient species, the Camargue horses were only officially recognized as a breed in 1967.

You don’t need a long lens to photograph the white horses running in the surf or along the water’s edge. In fact, the longest lens you need for this trip is a 70-200mm!

Wild white horses in the surf typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Wild White Horses of the Camargue Photography HolidayA lone white horse emerges from the surf typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Wild White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday Continue reading

Special offer for the Wild White Horses of the Camargue

Wild white horses of the Camargue running in the surf typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Wild White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday

Due to a cancellation, we are running a special offer on our Wild White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday. For the next two places to be sold on this trip, we are offering a £200 discount – this means you will pay £1899 instead of £2099!

You can make a booking enquiry on the main event page. Make sure to enter CAMARGUESPECIAL into the offer code box to get the £200 discount.

SORRY, BUT BOTH SPECIAL OFFER PLACES HAVE BEEN RESERVED.

White stallion with windswept mane typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Wild White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday

 

We will be photographing during the best times of the day for light, i.e. early morning & late afternoon so that we can take advantage of sunrise & sunset.

The Wild White Horses of the Camargue have lived in the area for centuries in semi-wild conditions. The harsh environment of the marshes & wetlands has contributed to the development of their stamina, hardiness & agility for which they are known for today.

Even if you don’t ride horses, you won’t be able to help but appreciate their beauty & grace when they are in motion. They are magnificent, powerful & extremely exciting to photograph. We will be posting a series of blog posts, with more images, about these beautiful equines in the coming days.

Once the two discounted places have been sold the price will revert to £2099 so, don’t miss out & book today!

Wild white horses of the Camargue running in the surf typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Wild White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday Continue reading

Steen’s images of the Pelicans of Lake Kerkini

A group of Dalmatian Pelicans drifting on the lake with the beautiful mountain range behind photographed during the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday

Steen enjoyed his first trip to the Pelicans of Lake Kerkini so much that he decided to join us again in 2018. Having attended the tour before, Steen had a list of images that he hoped to capture on his return trip.
A Dalmatian Pelican drifting on the lake's still waters photographed during the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday Continue reading

Special offer for Tigers in December 2018

Dotty, surely the most magnificent tigress in the forest looking back photographed on the 2017 Tigers of Bandhavgarh Safari Holiday

I have just returned from two weeks in India, & it has to be said that right now, the tiger reserves are rocking, new cubs, juvenile tigers, new males & tigers looking to establish their territories means that sightings were excellent! We make use of both Tadoba & Bandhavgarh for our Tiger Photography Holidays, coupled with local guide knowledge we have great information on what is going on in the reserves, where is best to take clients to & which of the various zones in the parks we should be visiting. I can vouch for the reserves as being excellent this season, I spent several hours with one of the female tigers in Tadoba, along with her four tiny cubs!

Bandhavgarh is looking to be pretty unique this season too, but now word has reached us of more tiger pregnancies, with these due in September – assuming that the information is correct – this would hopefully mean that the cubs might be first seen in December 2018.

Dotty, surely the most magnificent tigress in the forest looking back photographed on the 2017 Tigers of Bandhavgarh Safari Holiday

To that end, we have decided to add a new photography holiday into the schedule for this year, to head to Bandhavgarh between the dates of December 11th – 19th 2018.

The prices for Bandhavgarh jeep safaris – for only two people per jeep, (as this is how we run the safaris to give you maximum space) – were increased in September 2017 & will rise again in September 2018 – but for this tour, WE WILL AGAIN HOLD OUR PRICE AT THE 2017 RATE!

That means 12 safaris, all ground transportation, full board accommodation throughout the trip & non-shared accommodation with no single supplement payable for each traveller at a blinding cost of £2749 – the same trip in April 2019 will cost £3249 unfortunately.

So this is the opportunity to take the plunge, visit the tigers & do it all at a brilliant price – but it gets better!

The above price is based on a minimum of 3 clients, once we have a minimum of 4 clients, the cost of the trip will be reduced by £100 per person. This applies to those initial three clients that may have booked at the higher price as well as any new clients.

We will take no more than six clients maximum on this trip.

You can view the dedicated event page here – all bookings have to be in before August 1st, 2018 so that we can secure the best zones for viewing of the tigers & cubs.

We hope to hear from you soon!

Ian’s images from the Autumn Birds of Prey workshop

An image of one of the kestrels, perched on a gate post, captured by Ian Roberts, on the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop

We ran our Autumn Birds of Prey workshop a little later than usual to try & get more autumnal colours. Ian enjoyed our Spring Birds of Prey workshop so much that he decided to join us again.
An image of one of the little owls, captured by Ian Roberts, on the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop
The workshop started with our usual 2 hours Saturday taster session. The weather forecast didn’t look great, so we brought the workshop forward to avoid the worst of the rain.

We kept the sessions short so that the birds wouldn’t get too wet. Some, like the peregrine falcon & kestrel, didn’t seem to be bothered by the rain as you can see below. I love how Ian has captured the water on the birds’ heads.
A tight head shot of the peregrine falcon, captured by Ian Roberts, on the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop Continue reading

Norfolk Seal Photography Workshops & Holidays

An inquisitive seal playing in the surf typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Grey Seals of Norfolk Photography Holiday

Are you may have seen elsewhere, we have launched the follow-up to the 2017 week-long seal photography holiday – that, it has to be said, produced some beautiful imagery – with a week-long seal photography holiday in Norfolk, our first event, for Norfolk Seal Photography is to be conducted in November 2018, specifically November 25November 30 2018 & costs £999.

An inquisitive seal playing in the surf typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Grey Seals of Norfolk Photography Holiday

An image of one of the new-born seal-pups lyiing in the dunes adjacent to a Norfolk Beach - typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Grey Seals of Norfolk Photography Holiday

Sean recently spent several days in the area that the Norfolk Seal photography events will be conducted within, & we thought that you might be interested to see some of the types of imagery that he captured during his brief recce trip for us.

An image of one of the Norfolk seals silhouetted against the setting sun typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Norfolk Seal Photography Events A stunning image of a seal captured silhouetted against the setting sun typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Norfolk Seal Photography Events A mono image of a well fed seal pup on the sand typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Norfolk Seal Photography Events

Join Sean in 2018 to Photograph Norfolk’s Seals

In November 2018, Sean will be leading a week-long holiday focussed on Norfolk Seal photography for NaturesLens, specifically between the dates of November 25 – 30 2018.

The cost is £999 per participant which includes five nights accommodation in a gorgeous cottage on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis; your meals will be warming, homely & plentiful to get you warmed through & filled up after a long day on the beach. Numbers are limited to ensure that the trip is sustainable, ethical & enjoyable for every photographer.

Sean will lead a second trip for the Wildcats, Eagles, & Lynx of Spain

The female lynx sharpens her claws by scratching a log image captured during a NaturesLens Wildcat, Eagles & Iberian Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday

The first trip to photograph the Wildcats, Eagles, & Lynx of Spain has sold out, however, Sean has leapt in & will be leading the second trip, the format is the same as the first trip & once again, there are only four places available. The new dates are 13th – 17th December 2018 & you can make a booking on the dedicated event page.

The female lynx of the area image captured during a NaturesLens Wildcat, Eagles & Iberian Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday

To give the best chance of capturing award-worthy images, we include 3 hide sessions with the lynx; the Iberian Lynx is a naturally shy animal, but these hide sessions are proving to be extremely productive.

The male lynx pauses and stands on a fallen log image captured during a NaturesLens Wildcat, Eagles & Iberian Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday

Accommodation is provided on a full board basis – from a light breakfast through to a 3-course dinner with a picnic lunch in between. Everything is taken care of for you so that experiencing & photographing the species & their environment are all you need to worry about.

This trip suits keen photographers with a desire to experience the magnificent wildlife that this region of Spain has to offer; capturing editorial-quality images of a range of both mammal & bird species to treasure for years to come. Places are highly limited to ensure the best experience for every guest, so book early to avoid disappointment.

The typical itinerary for this wildlife photography tour is packed with photography sessions:

8th December 2018Arrive MalagaWolf PhotographyAdamuz
9th December 2018Imperial EagleLynxAdamuz
10th December 2018WildcatLynxAdamuz
11th December 2018WildcatLynxAdamuz
12th December 2018Imperial EagleHomeUK

This is a photography holiday of 4 nights duration, which costs £1499 & takes place in Adamuz in Spain, between the dates of 13th – 17th December 2018. It is ideal for photographing Iberian lynx, Egyptian mongoose, European wildcat, golden eagle, imperial eagle, red fox & more. This photography holiday is led by Sean Weekly for NaturesLens. The photography holiday is offered on a full board, non-shared basis. Group size for this photography holiday is a minimum of 3 participants & a maximum of 4, plus Sean.

You can view some of the images that were captured, by PN, in December 2017 on this blog post.

A European Wildcat photographed at dawn image captured during a NaturesLens Wildcat, Eagles & Iberian Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday

Bookings open for Dalmatian Pelican Photography in 2019

Our trio of Dalmatian Pelican photography trips this year have been a massive success – the third group are out in Greece right now – some of the images that have been posted have been nothing short of staggering, summing up the beauty of the birds.

An image captured by Sean Weekly during the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holidays

There will be blog posts from some of the guests forthcoming – & of course; Sean will be writing up his experience & posting images on the NaturesLens blog. The picture above & the one below are from Sean, who has created something moody & brooding.

An image captured during the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holidays by Sean Weekly

If you would like to take the opportunity to join Sean in Greece to photograph these charismatic birds for yourself, you’d better be quick – the first set of dates for 2019 is already fully reserved, so we have opened up the second set of dates – you can view the details & make a booking enquiry here.

The NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans of Kerkini Photography Holiday is offered on a full board, non-shared room basis, & costs £1099 per participant.

To close – here are a pair of images from Annette, who was part of the first group that joined Sean on the lake for several days of Dalmatian Pelican Photography.

An image captured by Annette during the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holidays

An image captured during the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holidays by Annette

The Seals of Helgoland

An adult seal lies in the sands of Dune island image captured during a NaturesLens Seals of Helgoland Photography Holiday

When I first told my husband that I was travelling to Helgoland, he immediately started to tell me about the island’s fascinating military history & it’s having been used as a naval base during the two world wars. After WWII, the island was used as a bombing range – & most notably, a Royal Navy attack in 1947 created one of the most significant single non-nuclear detonations in history. Following British occupation, the island was finally returned to Germany in 1952. The history of the island is fascinating & well worth researching, but for my short time there it was all about the seals, the Seals of Helgoland.

One of the large bull seals lies on the sands of Dune island image captured during a NaturesLens Seals of Helgoland Photography Holiday

The journey to Helgoland isn’t straightforward. From Heathrow we had the flight to Hamburg, then a car journey to Cuxhaven, & finally a boat to Helgoland. With stop-overs & connections, the travel time is quite lengthy, but as always, once you’re with the wildlife all that pales into insignificance. Continue reading