In April I enrolled on a course called Connect to Nature. It was run by nature-loving creatives Morwhenna Woolcock and Jaimie MacDonald.
I signed up partly because I have rediscovered a love of nature since I moved back to my home county of Sussex, partly because I saw photos from the course and was impressed by them, and partly because the organisers are such fun and supportive people.
Each week Morwhenna and Jaimie set a handful of Nature Adventures. I chose which ones to do, went to a favourite nature spot to do them (normally a local wood), and then shared my experiences on the Connect to Nature Facebook page.
I knew that I wanted to take photos of nature during the course. But I didn't realise quite how many I would take, and how close to nature I would get.
I assumed that I would whip out a sketchbook and draw. But I didn't. Instead I looked and listened, took photographs, then moved on. I explored. Experienced the moment. Some people call it mindfulness.
I took these photos with the standard 18-55mm lens that came with my camera, a Canon EOS 1100D. I set the dial on my camera to macro, or whatever the flower symbol stands for, and got as close as I could.
You can take close up photos of nature too. Whatever camera you have, SLR or compact or mobile phone, get closer to nature and take some snaps. See what happens.
If you only get one brilliant photo out of fifty, that's OK. I took dozens of rubbish photos. That's what high capacity memory cards are for.
If your camera lets you, change the focus manually. Play around with it. Shoot from the same angle several times, and each time focus on a different detail.
The course may have ended but I am still taking photos of nature and sharing them. Next, I'll sketch in the woods, or paint a picture from one of my photos. I'm even dabbling in outdoor art with fallen branches and other objects that I find.
To find out more about the Connect 2 Nature course, go to the website or follow Morwhenna and Jaimie on social media.
Richard Pettitt, cartoonist.