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Gardener's stunning photographic diary captures every day in a year

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: August 19, 2011

  • Artist and photographer Emily Clark (above right) and some of the images she captured in 365 photos of her garden's inhabitants

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A nature lover yesterday unveiled a stunning collection of photographs of her garden – with one taken each day for a year.

Dedicated photographer Emily Clark, 31, has snapped intimate photos of birds, butterflies, frogs and spiders, every day for the last 365 days.

She started on August 1, 2010, and uploaded her last photo – a robin perched on top of a wooden gate with the numbers 365 – at the beginning of this month.

Emily, from Little Torrington, North Devon, uses the website Blipfoto which allows users to upload one shot a day as a photo blog.

The abstract painter said: "The whole thing arose out of my beautiful, if unconventional, wildflower, wildlife garden in Devon.

"I planted wild flowers and have let nature take its course in the garden.

"Part of the garden, which is just under an acre, is given over to an orchard too where I have planted five apple trees.

"I leave food out for the birds I think I must be feeding nearly all the birds in Devon.

"There's a flock of about 100 house sparrows who like to come to enjoy the garden."

Emily moved to Devon from London four years ago and says that since then her love of nature has blossomed.

She tends to the garden to make it a haven for wild animals and has grown wild flowers such as white clover, Michaelmas daisies and yellow rattle.

Emily said: "I love painting seascapes and landscapes and always have done so I suppose this is just the next step for me.

"I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to stick to uploading a photo every day but it is strangely addictive."

"When I'm not in my painting studio, that's where I spend most of my time, most days, hunting with a camera."

She has received great feedback from other photographers who use the blogging site and says she has had emails from fans in America who enjoy looking at her photos.

Emily added: "I'll carry on taking pictures. I have noticed a few of the same birds like the robins and blackbirds cropping up a few times throughout the year so it would be quite nice to track their lives and make a book out of all the photos.

"I'd like to donate all proceeds to the RSPB as I am very interested in conservation and protecting nature."

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