A Happy Ending

In March last year, I had just set off for a walk along the Ridgeway with a friend and her two black labs when with great camera excitement I noticed something moving in the undergrowth. It was a Ferret!  A second look confirmed it and Dylan was already investigating.Wedding_0420I was a little surprised to see him and also how calm he was around the dogs, but by this time all four dogs had gone over to say hello. We watched him for a while and after some discussion with my friend I decided that he was obviously tame and if left would no doubt get eaten or run over as we were not far from the main road.

He was quite happy exploring the area while the discussions took place. A few more photos were taken! I couldn’t resist! He looked so sweet and harmless.Wedding_0422How do you catch a Ferret? They have big teeth and don’t let go if they get hold!

My friend was on crutches so she would not be able to participate in the catch! However, like a knight in shining armour came a neighbour on his mountain bike and stopped to see what we were doing.  I explained that the plan was to capture the Ferret and put in one of my dog cages. So off I trotted back to the car, got the dog cage, and the fun began!  I won’t bore you with the detail but the brave knight got behind the Ferret, picked him up (Gloves on) and hurled him (gently of course) into the dog cage! BRAVO!

I took him back to the car, and left him in there while we walked the dogs. I gave him a towel I had in the back to snuggle into.  It wasn’t until we were half way round that I started to panic, … what if he escaped and I had visions of him shredding the car in his desperation to escape!!!

I was rather relieved to find him asleep when I returned. So home he came and I moved him and the cage into the shed, he was rather smelly so there was no way he was coming into the house and it was evident from the little black dots now moving all around the towel that he was infested with fleas too… what a delight and what to do with this little fella…

Wedding_0421After a little search on the internet I came across STA Ferret Rescue and sent them an email. I got a very quick response and they said they would not be able to collect him until the morning… Phew!  Little Ferret was happy in the shed and had enjoyed the chicken breast I had given him for supper!

The next morning he seemed happy enough,  was waiting at the front of the dog cage for breakfast and had some more chicken before he was collected at lunchtime.

Wedding_0423I checked up on him later that day and Claire confirmed he had arrived safely she said that the Poor little boy was covered in ticks as well as fleas, but he was very patient and let her take them off without objecting. He was quite nervous and gripped onto her like a little koala, and she had got the feeling he’s been kept in a very small cage as he pooed in the nest box and eating area which apparently is not normal for a ferret, as they are very clean animals, and tend to “do their business” as far away as possible from those areas. He was named Pip as in Pipsqueak because he was so small.

She said he was a sweet boy,  was eating well and would now have the chance to find a lovely home.  He had also been booked in to be castrated and would they would try to mix him with a friend. – All in all a very lucky boy!

I came across his photographs a couple of days ago and wrote to ask if he had been rehomed!  Of course he had. Click on this link to see him all cleaned up. He was rehomed in April 2014.  http://www.starescue.org.uk/pip/4583734592I am glad he got the chance to have a good life.

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2015 – Maternity, Newborns & Childrens Photography.

Happy New Year to you all.  2015 will bring change Mel Taylor Photography with increased focus on Maternity, Newborns and Childrens Photography and building on my Pet Portraiture. So I will kick off the New Year with Maternity, knowing that there will be many new little feet arrriving in the world soon to capture their parents hearts!

Click Here for Maternity Video:  http://show-vid.com/view/2gw94ax4

Nominated for The Societies’ Photographer of the Year 2014

This week I got great news that one of my Nature images, that gained a Gold Award with the Societies in July this year has been shortlisted for The Societies’ Photographer of the Year 2014. The Societies is Europe’s largest all-welcome association for the serious photographer.

I am thrilled to have been shortlisted for the award this year. We are blessed in and around Letcombe Regis to have wonderful  countryside and an abundance of wildlife. My nominated image of the Hare won a Gold Award in the Societies Monthly competition earlier in the year and was taken in Letcombe Regis early one morning in June this year.

I will be competing for the prestigious award of “Nature Photographer of the Year” and The Societies’ “Photographer of the Year,” with the winner being revealed at The Societies’ 2015 Convention Awards Dinner held on 17 January 2015 in London.

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Gold Award and more

Wow an exciting month for me.

I was thrilled when I got told that I had gained 2nd Place in the SWPP , Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers monthly competition. Adorable Pets. As I have been totally potty on animals since I can remember photographing them is is a joy for me. I decided to move away from dogs for a change and entered an image of some piglets that were kept as pets at a pup in Somerset that we visit when down that way. This image gained a Highly Commended.

PigletsSWPPAdorablePetsHighly Commeded

I also entered an image of Buttons and was really surprised when we got told we had gained 2nd Place. Buttons is a 12 hh Welsh Pony who is now 30 years old. He is an absolute star and gave me many fun years doing Pairs Carriage Driving at National events. He retired from driving due to a hock injury and has since given many of my friends children and other children more confidence than you can ever imagine. Kids that have lost confidence and have refused to ride again have been trotting around happily after just a few days. He is currently on loan to a lovely family and we have just decided that it is time for him to retire and have a well deserved rest.

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A few days after these were announced I got an text from a photographer friend congratulating me on another Gold award, again with the SWPP. This time in the Nature Category. I was then bowled over to find out that my image has been selected as the judges choice out of all the Gold awards from the month and I won some nice prizes too.  Here is the Gold award image. Taken up on the Ridgeway in the beautiful evening light. These Adonis butterflies are quite small and have the most beautiful colours and markings.

Addonis Blue


UP Close

Today I started my photographic journey in the world of Macro photography. I went to the Photography Show at Birmingham some weeks ago and treated myself to a Macro lens. I have been wanting one for ages and it an area of photography I have always fancied doing as a hobby and with it comes new skills to learn.

The lens is also great for portraits and getting details shots for my baby photography and Weddings.

This is my first attempt with the lens. A tiny Millipede I found today in the woods. What amazed me was all the other smaller insects I could see on some of the photographs that I didn’t notice when I was shooting with the naked eye. Maybe I should wear my glasses next time!

Important Note to self.. take a mat to kneel on as the stingers are rather strong at this time of year and a light source in case the sun disappears behind the clouds as it did today!


Mel Taylor Photography article in Local Press

Article in the Papers ref – Mel Taylor Photography

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