Tony Pick Photography Launches Exciting New Portrait & Landscape Gallery in Aldeburgh. It’s our 12th Anniversary!

We very much look forward to welcoming all our lovely friends and families we have met over the last 12 years in Aldeburgh. Here’s to the next 12 years – hoping to meet and greet many more families and future friends too.

Forest Friday Bee’s – It’s National Insect Week

Well, it’s been a busy few weeks at the apiary, what with queen cells galore and swarms disappearing. However, the highlight was witnessing a virgin queen hatching before my eyes and capturing the moment through the lens. I was in the process of creating a new colony within a nucleus box (small hive). As I removed the sealed queen cell from a larger colony to place in the nuc box I could feel her scratching away inside the cell and new she would be emerging very soon. A few minutes later a beautiful virgin queen bee was born.
Next week see’s me in action chasing swarms!

Aldeburgh Lifeboat dramatic rescue

What a day at sea yesterday – Good to be back on dry land!

The Aldeburgh RNLI all-weather lifeboat Freddie Cooper was launch at 10.50am, in severe weather conditions, to assist a 13 metre Dutch yacht, with 4 people on board, which had lost its rudder.

Links:

http://rnli.harwich.org.uk/Gallery/Video/2012/1310-08062012/08062012.wmv

http://www.rnli.org.uk/who_we_are/press_centre/news_releases/news_release_detail?articleid=775636

http://www.facebook.com/pages/RNLI-Aldeburgh/171963551499

http://www.aldeburghlifeboat.org.uk/

http://www.dft.gov.uk/mca/mcga07-home/newsandpublications/press-releases.htm?id=3923FD6298279805&m=6&y=2012

Forest Friday Wetland Project

It’s forest friday and this week we turn our attention to the wetland project. From what started out as a visualization of a much needed watering hole for the forest wildlife, we are now at the construction stage.
Huge numbers of ponds have been lost in the countryside, about a third have disappeared in the last 50 years and those remaining are mostly in a poor condition for wildlife. The pond will improve the natural character of the forest environment and conserve and enhance the areas natural beauty. The pond design is very irregular with different depth profiles and gently sloping banks which will allow habitat for many varied species, essential for biodiversity in the area and will create a unique habitat in a forest environment.

We are involving the Suffolk Wildlife trust to advise on planting schemes and local wildlife expert Malcolm Farrow is helping with biodiversity/wildlife advice.
The project will vastly improve this area and increase the enjoyment of outstanding natural beauty that will be sustainable for the future. The area is very dry and there are no other natural ponds in the forest so this water will benefit :

Birds- source of drinking water/washing. We are also hoping to attract water birds but consider the value to smaller birds more importrant and hope to introduce sand martins to the sandy cliff.
Snakes and amphibians – grass snakes, frogs and toads, newts.  There are ponds on the sandlings that have great-crested newts so we are hoping to attract them too.
Invertebrates – beetles, pond skaters, water boatman, dragon and damselflies
Mammals – we have fallow deer which will use the pond

All forest users but most especially bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts will benefit from this exciting project, and we hope you will follow it’s progress.

Have a great weekend…

 

 

A ‘buzzing’ Forest Friday!

It’s forest friday and this friday it’s the turn of our bees to feature!  Of course as many of you will know, all good bees should be safely tucked up in their beds at this time of year and ours are no different.  We can’t wait for spring to arrive when they will all hopefully be very busy again…. I have lots of new hives in storage, just waiting for their new colonies to take up residence in a few months.

Have a great weekend

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Hi, we’re part of the Pick Crew “Cocka-doodle-doo”

My name’s Roger and these are my four girls. We rule the roost in the forest when the Pick’s are out. The posh chick’s live next door on the left, they have a posh front door and coop unlike our old shack. Eleven of them and all pure breeds but Tony won’t let me near them! Time for some fun but I’m sure you will be seeing a lot more of me and the girls – unless the Pick’s get hungry!

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Welcome to Tony Pick’s Photo Blog

Hello all aspiring photographers out there. This is our first post on our new blog site. We’ll be sharing photographic tips and tricks from leading UK portrait photographer and successful gallery owner, Tony Pick and his colleague Steve Taylor.