During his presentation, Mick Durham explained how he used some natural ‘props’ to produce images of Scottish wildlife in natural surroundings. His talk was peppered with great stories of how he produced his images and the hard work, research and patience it involved. Some images were possible from his garden or the surrounding woodland but others needed much more thought and as mentioned before, patience. It was a great illustration of the problems associated with wildlife photography – above all, it’s unpredictability. I dread to think how many hours he has spent in a cold, damp hide and sometimes, had nothing to show for it! However, when it worked, he has captured some superb images and the slideshow at the end of his talk contained one fantastic image after another. During some of his long waits, he has written poetry about his subjects and for me, that provided some additional poignancy to the resulting images.