Ian Wilson

Photographs, news and opinions

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Excellence in photography

I often get compliments from friends about how good my photographs are. I take these with a large pinch of salt, however. Here’s one of the secrets to getting a reputation with your Facebook friends for being a good photographer

  • Only put the good ones on Facebook! You should see the ones that don’t make it. I weed them out and try to select pictures I am actually quite pleased with.

“You should enter a competition – I’m sure you’d win!”

Well maybe. Or maybe not. The standard can be incredibly high. I follow several bird photography groups on Facebook, and read magazines like Amateur Photographer, and I can say without much fear of contradiction that my photographs have a long way to go to be that good.

Here’s one I did enter for a competition. It didn’t win anything, but I am still quite pleased with it.

Large red damselfly, Trengwainton Garden, Cornwall

Brexit – can we be less hostile?

Whatever you think about leaving the EU or staying in, Brexit doesn’t seem to be going well. MPs in the House of Commons don’t seem to be able to agree about much. The government can’t get their deal through. Deadlines loom, go past, and don’t necessarily concentrate minds. People talk past each other, without a meeting of minds.

Bruges, Belgium

Brexiteers insist that Brexit is “the will of the people” because there was a narrow majority in favour of leaving the EU in the referendum on 23 June 2016. OK, it was a majority, but 52-48 is hardly a convincing win. It leaves almost half of those who voted aggrieved. (Of course if it had been 52-48 the other way, Leavers would be equally aggrieved.) It is sometimes said that the “Remoaners” should shut up and lump it – they lost, and that’s how democracy works.

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The news page

I’ll be using this page to share news about myself, my family and anything else that seems newsworthy to me.


I am interested in various kinds of photography, but in particular I concentrate on wildlife, especially birds. I’ll be using this page to share some thoughts about photography, cameras, photographers and so on.

To see some of my photographs, go to the Gallery page.

Thinking aloud

Almora, Uttarakhand: view of the Kumaon Hills of the Himalya range

I have a blog called Thinking Aloud at igwilson.wordpress.com but I haven’t posted on for quite some time – in fact for a few years! But if you’d like to see it, head over there for a few thoughts about politics, peace, faith…

Meanwhile, I’ll try to start thinking aloud again here.

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