The eyes of a Wolf always see straight into your soul ...

...You can't hide the truth from them


Please visit the main site - www.wolf-photography.com


Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Get ready for winter...

It's looking like it's going to be another bad winter.  The indications are there already:  many wild garden birds are on their second or third clutches and the berries are looking bigger and brighter.  I guess there's another sign that I'll be watching for - the colouring of the autumn leaves.  If you get really lovely colours in autumn leaves, it's another sign of a harsh winter to come.

Here are some things that we can do:

Put wood chipping over your plants - especially if all your plants are in pots like mine.
Put the more vulnerable species of plants against the walls of your house and bubble wrap the pots.
Leave piles of logs and some clay pots covered with fallen leaves for frogs, toads and newts to hide in.
Put up a bat box if you've seen bats flying in your area at night.
Make a hedgehog shelter if you've seen them frequent your garden.
Leave places for insects to hide - more log piles etc.
Leave plenty of water out for garden birds (thirst during winter is one of the biggest killers of garden birds).
Put up your bird feeding stations and think about what they need to get through winter.

As for the foods they like, this is my list just through observing the different species in my garden:

General bird seed: sparrows
Nyjer seed: greenfinch, goldfinch
Black sunflower seeds: sparrows, bullfinch, great tit, coal tit, blue tit
Fat balls: sparrows, blue tits, long tailed tits
Suet pellets: robins, sparrows
Mealworm: robins, sparrows, starlings
Peanuts: great tit, coal tit, blue tit, great spotted woodpecker, grey squirrel
Bread: black birds, thrush, crows, wood pigeon, collared doves, magpies
Baby slugs: frogs and toads
Wood chippings will allow insect to survive as well which will feed some of the above.

As for me, autumn's the time I contemplate the last year and ponder the lessons learned, as well as the changes that I want to make ... that I can make.  Winter's the time when I plant the seeds of those changes for the year to come ... while withdrawing more into the den of the wolf.

Feel free to add your own observations re animal info and what they eat etc.

All the best


Sunday, 11 September 2011

Protecting your Intellectual Property Rights on Facebook...

Do you use Facebook?  Do you upload photographs and videos on the site?  Did you know that by doing so you are granting them a licence to use your images and videos commercially not just for themselves but to any other commercial company worldwide?  This means that they could be selling your images on and violating your rights under the Human Rights Act.

If you want your images protected and your copyright respected ... click the 'Like' button on http://www.facebook.com/RespectIP.

Everyone has copyright, not just professionals.  You have automatic rights of copyright assigned to certain things that you create.

Protect your images and videos and join the cause.  All you have to do is click 'Like' on the page above ... simple.



Saturday, 10 September 2011

Using martial arts to control PTSD ...

It can play havoc with my physical injuries but there's no denying that training in a good 'Dojo' that operates within the structure of a national organisation helps me to cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  I train with Sensei Rob Manning at the South Notts Shotokan Karate Club which operates under the umbrella of the Karate Union of Great Britain (KUGB).

One of the problems with PTSD  is that the body sometimes reacts before the mind has had time to analyse the situation.  To give you an example, a friend was once play fighting with me and without my consent.  I said that I didn't want to but he didn't listen. After the second strike to my body I stopped him in his tracks with a throat strike.  I didn't want to do it, I hadn't planned to do it ... my body reacted independently with a light throat strike that stopped him in his tracks.  I'm sure there are experts out there that will argue that your body can't act without thought.  I have a question for them - do you consciously instruct your sphincter to open when you're having a dump or is it a function that the body just does?  It's the same with self defence - the moves become embedded deep within you.

Every now and then I meet a civillian that doesn't know anything about me and chooses to taunt me or to threaten me.  My biggest fear is hurting someone through an automatic reaction.  As veterans we're used to reacting without thought.  I guess that was part of the conditioning at basic training.

I've been training with the KUGB since 1991.  I took a long break owing to a serious road accident.  The injuries are still with me and cause problems when I train but it's worth the pain because of the way that it helps me have a 'safety catch' over the PTSD 'triggers' that I live with.  The main reason for this is the spiritual side of Karate and the associated culture:


Exert oneself in the perfection of character

Be faithful and sincere

Cultivate the spirit of perseverance

Be respectful and courteous

Refrain from impetuous and violent behaviour

You may find difficulties with regards to short term memory problems or perhaps your body will lock because your reflex action is to do one thing while your mind wants you to do something else ... but it's worth perservering.

If you live with PTSD, irrespective of whether or not you're a veteran,  give Karate a go ... it can help you in a number of ways.  It helps me.


A lot has changed since this piece was written.  I achieved Shodan, gained my instructor qualification and opened up a dojo in North Nottingham.  Please see www.meiyo.co.uk.  If you live with PTSD or have had a bad experience that you survived or affected you in some other way ... please feel free to come in to the dojo and have a chat.

I still train at least twice a week and I learn from different senseis in the region or further afield.  The learning never stops!

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Bird Feeding issues with squirrels in the garden ...

The season's changing and autumn approaches.  A young photographer expressed his frustration at squirrels getting to the bird food on his feeders and asked for advice on how to deter them.  This might be relevant to you ... anyway, it made for a light moment as well as relelvant advice:

"I have the same problem. I got around it by using a metal bird feeding station and caged feeders. I also created a square patch under the feeders and filled it with soil so that the dropped seeds can be picked up by other birds (no cementing necessary - just push a few breeze blocks together and put the soil in. It should look lovely with sunflowers in the summer).

Re the feeders - you can try these:

http://www.streetendfeeds.co.uk/productdetails.asp?id=359 for peanuts (I hammer my nuts to make it easier for the birds to get at them) (no double entendre intended here! Plus I wouldn't refer to women as birds and I don't want to hear about a young man at Casualty/ER with a hammer and bruised body parts!).

http://www.streetendfeeds.co.uk/productdetails.asp?id=421 for other seeds including sunflower seeds.

For fatballs - I found a similar cage but put a thinner container inside it to stop the squirrel getting to the fat balls in case they transfer anything harmfull through their saliva when eating.

The squirrels leave my feeders alone now."

Good luck ;)


Friday, 2 September 2011

Democracy in action - NOT!

Artists who rely on copyright were given an opportunity to submit evidence to the UK Business, Innovation and Skills Committee which will begins its review of Hargreaves Report.

Hargreave's recommendations completely ignored moral rights as assigned to artists by 2 different forms of Human Rights Legislation:

It is right that my work should be protected by the law. United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 27 (2) states:

'Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary

or artistic production of which he is the author.' Please click here for more information on this subject http://www.stop43.org.uk/pages/news_and_resources_files/9f95e713e47225fa4d19f9a80ee738a2-107.php

It follows that any proposed legislation to enable the commercial use of orphan works or the extended collective licensing of copyright works, which is intended to result in a copyright holder in practice being 'deprived of his possessions' without his knowledge or consent (which Mr. Justice Arnold has judged to be the consequence for rightsholders of piracy of their copyright work) would breach Article 1 of the First Protocol of the Human Rights Act 1998.

Interestingly the Human Rights Act 1998 restrains the Government from introducing legislation that is not compliant with human rights legislation, and indeed reading Section 6 it may be unlawful for civil servants even to draw up such legislation. When asked at a pre-consultation meeting on 23rd August 2011 attended by Stop43, among others, Matt Cope of the Intellectual Property Office confirmed that new UK legislation must be compliant with the Human Rights Act 1998.

Here's the sting in the tail:  having spent the last few days networking with colleagues in the Artists Bill of Rights, http://the1709blog.blogspot.com/, http://www.creatorsrights.org.uk/, http://www.stop43.org.uk/ and the NUJ, The Arts Council, the Disability Alliance, The Art House, Embrace Arts and more - we find ourselves in a rediculous situation - the mailbox at biscom@parliament.uk where the submissions need to go is FULL!

The cynical amongst us may feel that this has been a purposeful act.  I can't comment.  If you have taken the trouble to do a submission - PLEASE send it in by recorded delivery post guaranteed arrival for Monday, to:

Committee Assistant

Business, Innovation and Skills Committee
Committee Office
House of Commons
7 Millbank

In the meantime, colleagues are working on getting Parliamentary staff to address the email issue.

All the best


Osprey - Nature section

Osprey - Nature section
Wolf-Photography.com Stock Image Library