Yorkshire Wildlife Trust: Askham Bog

I decided that I would drive to Nunnington Hall to view the annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition but when I checked the opening times I discovered that it is closed on Mondays. Where to go instead?

Consequently I got on my bicycle and pedalled off to nearby Askham Bog which was given to Francis Terry and Arnold Rowntree and the Yorkshire Naturalists' in 1946.  They later became the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust which has a wealth of wonderful nature sites all around the county.

The bog is the remnants of an ancient lake which was formed by a receding glacier 15,000 years ago and is now home to royal ferns, rare gingerbread sedge and spectacular displays of water violets. If you are lucky you can also come across roe deer although they are extremely shy and they run off as soon as they sense human presence.  I have often seen them grazing in the fields off the A64 near the York College but they are always well away from people.

All the photographs in this album were shot in square format and converted to black and white.  It is a format that captured my imagination in the Yorkshire Wolds where there are so many different shapes and textures well suited to black and white.

Posted on June 15, 2016 .