Call of the wild is captured on camera by Ron
PUBLISHED: 17:40 14 December 2018 | UPDATED: 16:24 26 December 2018
Ron Smith of Sudbury loves nothing better than to photograph the natural world in and around the town. Here he talks about his love of the outdoors and picks some of his favourite pictures.
Ron Smith is never happier than when he is out and about capturing on camera the rich variety of wildlife to be found in the countryside around Sudbury.
Yet it is only in recent years that the 62-year-old has developed his eye for a picture.
“It’s something I got into around 2000 but since I retired I’ve had more time on my hands to and whenever I’m out I’m always looking and listening,” he said.
“I don’t go out with any expectations of finding something every day. The only thing I might see is a simple sparrow. But I love that I’ve got something I really enjoy that I can do in my retirement.
Ron, who lives in Consitution Hill, worked in the motor trade until he retired in June, but has always loved the outdoors.
He is often accomnpanied by his wife Sue, who he calls his “second set of eyes”, and sometimes his five-year-old grandson Ted.
“He is showing an interest in nature - he spotted his first kestrel when he was just two-and-a-half,” said Ron
Ron has seen all manner of wildlife but there is one creature he definitely wants to see more of: “The one animal I would love to see again is an otter. With birds, anything can turn up although I would like to see more owls.
“Otters though, they are a lot more elusive, and when you consider how they came back from the brink of being extinct in this country it’s magical when you do see them,
“It’s also a good sign that the river and habitat they are in is healthy.”