A picture is worth a thousand words. Why then do I even bother to write?
A picture is worth a thousand words. My words would pale beside the photographs taken during the recent FNP staff outing – to be precise – photographs taken during a workshop given by last year’s National
Geographic nature photographer of the year. Why then do I even bother to write?
Because words do have a role in expressing the joy all of us had in the Leersum forest. Words can express thanks to Jacob Kaptein, the young photographer and Wageningen forestry management student, who already has several prestigious photography prizes to his credit. Jacob has a spacious wonder for the world around him. Seeing, like William Blake, ‘a world in a grain of sand and a heaven in a wild flower’, he writes in his website that he is fascinated by colours, forms, dimensions and dynamics, and the more he pays attention to these, the more they draw his attention.
After his inspirational briefing, the FNP wannabe’s – armed with pocket cameras to sophisticated zooms with years of trusted service or merely borrowed for the day – fanned out to vantage points in search of what nature had to offer on this rather humid July afternoon. The results were shots of dancing bees, doe-eyed calves, rough tree barks harbouring shadows under their flakiness, slender mushrooms, waving grasses, winding paths and fallen branches reflected in the coolness of water puddles. Jim van Laar, who organised the outing, says these will go into FNP’s photo library for publications, education or other informative materials. And you would be extraordinary to have read up to here without being distracted by some of these shots (mouse on click to enlarge). The group photograph was taken by Jacob himself.