The Photo of the Month is a year round calendar of selected nature images and stories with contributions from visitors, fellow photographers and friends.
When it comes to nature photography, it's not only those fascinating tales of high adventure that often accompany talent and skill for a fabulous result. If a picture is truly worth more than a thousand words then a well-timed shot, or a well framed one, can say just as much about you as a photographer too! So if you'd like to showcase one of your pictures here, free for one calendar month with a short story on how you managed to come by it, then this page is for you.
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Everyone loves a baby and babies certainly love attention; even those of the equine variety from a wildlife photographer like me. However, as much as babies need care and attention, for that purpose to having them, they also need the one thing good parenting inherently assures but can never guarantee – a secure and promising future.
For the Dartmoor pony (not to be confused with the Dartmoor Hill pony) it seemed as though one possible future was no longer in doubt. With approximately five hundred left, there are now fewer indigenous purebred ponies roaming the moors than there are giant pandas in the wild! It’s an old story, and not without contemporary relevance; echoing the fate of millions of endangered species unless something is done to ensure their survival. Being so hard to come by, made meeting this friendly youngster a rare treat indeed. Well worth the long trek and the short time it took to photograph it!
Happily, for Devon’s oldest breed of semi-wild horse, that finishing line in their race towards extinction is no longer in sight. Thanks to the work of committed individuals, measures are now in place to preserve its six-thousand-year-old lineage. So that frolicking foals like this one will not only continue to play a vital role in the ecology and economy of Dartmoor, but hold a special place in the affections of grateful nature lovers like me, hopefully, for generations to come.