As William Shakespeare once said: “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”

While we’ve been staying home and doing our bit, we’ve realised, more than ever, that you don’t even need to leave the house to enjoy and marvel at nature.

We’ve always been keen amateur photographers but during this current lockdown we decided to invest in a new (used) lens for our ten year old SLR camera. And it’s been a revelation.

Taking just five or ten minutes a day to sit by a window and snap what we see has really lifted our mood and brightened up our weeks. Sometimes you will find our eldest son joining us at the window with his binoculars and RSPB bird-spotting book and it’s also been an opportunity to give him a crash course in Adobe Photoshop.

We’ve taken to sharing some of our photos on Instagram, as well as on several excellent Facebook groups, including British Bird Lovers and British Birdwatching for Beginners.

It’s not all about birds though, they’re just our most frequent visitors! Over time, at home we’ve spotted owls (yes, they’re a bird but harder to photograph) squirrels, foxes, hedgehogs, a badger, field mice, a partridge, and something that resembled a stoat or similar, plus plenty of rabbits, deer and pheasants just down the road.

Anyway, we thought we’d do the same here, with a few of our recent favourites… do feel free to share your own photos with us online.

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All images are © Copyright, Plastic Free Home.

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