As a nature photographer I endeavour to photograph my environment under a wide variety of weather conditions. Disappointingly though I have not managed many of snowy conditions. Last year we had none whatsoever, and the year before, even though there was plenty of snow, I was still getting to know the best locations to visit and so didn’t get very many images. So when this year came around I was really hoping for plenty of snow so I could show the beautiful wintry side of the Peak District and the wildlife that calls it home.
After shooting some landscapes I decided to concentrate on the wildlife of the Peak District. I had initially hoped to include some of the deer in the snow but unfortunately whenever I tried to drive out, I had to turn back due to icy roads or snow covered parking (my car is terrible in anything more than slush).
I did however manage to get some of some of the other wildlife and livestock that inhabit the snowy moorlands:
These images were a big achievement for me as I have been trying to photograph these charismatic animals for some time in the Peaks, but until now a good shot has eluded me. I was actually creeping up on some Grouse when I happened to look over to my left to see this well camouflaged hare crouching low in its snowy form! The Peak District is actually the only place in the UK they’re found outside of the Scottish Highlands, so I feel extremely fortunate to be able to photograph these beautiful animals so close to home!
I tried photographing Grouse in the Peak district several times in the snow, unfortunately this is easier said than done as they are forming pairs for the upcoming breeding season so they are extremely territorial and easily spooked. I also found it extremely challenging to be inconspicuous whilst trying to creep up on them through several feet deep snow drifts as I am 6’4″ and not exactly light!