Picture of the week: 27/12/21

OUR final picture choice of the year is an apocalyptic winter solstice sunset taken by one of our regular contributors.

ORANGE GLOW: the December sun sets over the Icknield Way PICTURE: Anne Rixon

The stunning shot was taken just off the Icknield Way by Anne Rixon, a keen walker and amateur photographer who loves wildlife and has posted on a number of local wildlife forums since taking up photography as a hobby.

“I walk a lot and take the camera with me trying to capture the beauty of the Chilterns as I go,” says Anne, who lives in Princes Risborough.

Along with Sue Craigs Erwin and Lesley Tilson, her pictures have also featured regular in our monthly calendar depicting the changing seasons across the Chilterns, A Chilterns Year.

Another keen photographer with an eye for detail is travel writer Mary Tebje, whose own blog sets out to share stories of the people and places that have shaped the Chilterns. More links to some of her most memorable rambles can be found on our Local Walks page.

Two enthusiastic local wildlife photographers whose work has brightened the pages of The Beyonder immensely are Graham Parkinson and Nick Bell.

Fascinated by the range of different birds visiting his garden in Marlow, Graham was eager to explore more of the local countryside, and lockdown proved the perfect opportunity to explore his longstanding interest in photography.

CHOCKS AWAY: a red kite launches into action PICTURE: Graham Parkinson

Nick Bell’s love of birds is matched by a fascination with insects and the challenges posed by their small size and frantic movements.

His photographs featured in a three-part series of articles last year and both photographers have provided a range of startling images which feature in the carousel of pictures appearing on the header pages of The Beyonder as visitors navigate their way around the site.

UNDER COVER: a ladybird potentially unaware of its prey PICTURE: Nick Bell

In a year which has seen more than 10,000 visitors checking out our pages, another popular “regular” was guest writer Lucy Parks recounting her adventures with Cypriot rescue dog Yella, who has been adjusting to a new life in the Chiltern Hills.

HOME FROM HOME: rescue dog Yella PICTURE: Lucy Parks

Thank you, as always, to all of our regular contributors (and guests!) who have helped to spread the word about the beauty of the great outdoors in what has been such a challenging year for so many. Our Picture of the Week feature has been running for more than a year now, and we hope to see many more of your amazing images in 2022.

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