This website was previously aimed at clubs and societies
in the British Isles with a general interest in European natural history and
wild flowers in particular. Unfortunately, I have recently been diagnosed
with an inoperable brain tumour, so have decided to withdraw my offer of
lectures and slideshows to interested societies. However, I shall leave
the website open so that people can still learn about some of the interesting
places my wife (Diana) and I have visited.
My aim was to provide a brief preview of the range of
talks that I had available, describing the scope of each talk and showing
a very inadequate "taster" of some of the pictures - unfortunately, the resolution
of a PC display cannot do justice to a decent quality colour photograph!
Each talk has its own page selected by clicking on one of the "thumb-nails"
around this page, or on one of the links in the left-hand column. With each
new holiday another talk became possible. Recent talks have used a digital
projector, but I still offered several older talks using colour slides.
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Now for the biographical bit. Born in Bridport, Dorset,
I spent my first 18 years there, where my interest in wild flowers
and natural history in general started to develop. Following 4 years at Bristol
University reading Physics and Maths, I married Diana and moved to Malvern
in Worcestershire to work as a scientific civil servant at the Royal Radar
Establishment (as it was then known). Inertia took over and we never moved
but, after some 37 years of fascinating work, I reached retirement in September
2000. Throughout this time physics, computing and electronics were the profession,
but natural history and photography were the main hobbies (along with various
sports, gardening, raising two daughters, choral singing, etc.).
Since about 1990, Diana and I spent most of our holidays
in various fascinating parts of Europe, enjoying the scenery and flowers,
and taking far too many photographs of everything that caught our eyes. Subsequently,
each set of holiday pictures was converted into a slide show to celebrate
the beauty and botanical treasures of each area visited. Occasional articles
were published in the Quarterly Bulletin of the Alpine Garden Society (AGS),
the Newsletter of Hardy Orchid Society (HOS) and the Transactions of the Worcestershire
Naturalists' Club, and a few pictures have caught the judges' eyes in the
annual Photographic Competitions organised by the AGS and the HOS.
For several years now I have been an enthusiastic member
of the HOS (which I chaired for 3 years) and for many years was responsible
for developing and maintaining the HOS website - a "don't miss"
site for everyone with an interest in orchids.
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