What I really like about both photography and nature is the need to snatch the image today, because it won’t be there tomorrow, or even, often, in an hour. Nor was it there yesterday. If you’re not in a very particular place at a very particular moment, you miss it. This keeps the experience everlastingly fresh and new.

Last week I looked out the study window in mizzly rain and saw a slender spotted gum unpeeling its bark to reveal a tender green trunk. So many things came together to give me this gift: me in the study, staring into space when I was supposed to be working. The tree shedding its bark. The rain colouring the underbark delicate green. A pause in the rain allowing me to expose my camera for a photo-shoot.