On my local High Street there is an old building called Bridge Cottage. It's currently being renovated and is fenced off with high wooden hoardings.
"If those don't get graffittied, I'll eat my hat," I thought to myself (without committing to any hat in particular). I must have lived in London for too long because the pristine white boards didn't get graffitied at all. Instead, several large artworks by local schools were erected as part of a 'Walk Through Time' project.
"Well, alright then," I thought, "I bet those artworks get vandalised within days."
During the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of May I visited Borde Hill Garden in West Sussex. The multitude of exotic flowers, shrubs and trees is impressive enough to warrant a trip, but I wanted to go there for another reason: the Sculpture Exhibition.
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.