Animals

By Lucy Harvey

These delightful photographs show us the beauty of animals of all sizes enjoying nature at its finest.

From bees to bears and mice to lions, this gallery captures the wonderful appreciation animals have for their environment.

Photographer, David Leeming from Vancouver, Canada, caught a tender moment between a grizzly bear and her cub.

The pair were snapped snacking on dandelions during spring in the Rocky Mountains.

He said: “The Rocky Mountains has amazing scenery and wildlife everywhere.”

On the other side of the world – and the other end of the size scale, a miner bee can be seen through a magnifying glass.

The intricate details of insects using macros photography are the work of photographer Alistair Campbell, in his Worcestershire garden and local nature reserves.

Alistair, who has been practising macro photography for the past 12 years, took these photos showing bumble bees, dragon flies, hover flies, butterflies up close.

Can any dog resist running through fields? Rupert, a two year old Cocker Spaniel is enjoying a walk through a lavender field and sits in a model post with his ‘rockstar’ hair.

His owner, Amy Stock from Pershore, Worcestershire, adores his luscious locks that wows strangers.

The pharmacy technician said: “His hair did get so long it covered his eyes and he looked like a rockstar but it never annoyed him.”

Meanwhile, a trio of dogs posed in a sea of tulips, bluebells and lavender.

Dog photographer Cat Race, 35 from Preston, Lancs, loves to showcase dogs showing off their modelling skills on stunning natural backdrops and carefully matches the flowers to the breed of dog, to ensure their owners get the best paw-trait of their furry friend.

This curious fox loves to smell the flowers in the garden of photographer,  Giedrius Stakauskas where he visits regularly to enjoy the flower beds.

A bed fit for a king – these majestic lions have been snapped taking a break on a vibrant carpet of yellow Devil Thorns.

The yellow flowers are the result of a stunning transformation which takes place each year in Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana.

Having on average just 30 days rain a year December and February, the landscape undergoes breath-taking changes and within days, the open dusty plains evolve into fields of flowers, captured by Janet Kleyn.

This photo is adorable. A tiny field mouse relaxes in a tulip, using it as a bed and harvest mice can often be found curled up in them as spotted by photographer Miles Herbert.

Despite appearing fragile, the colourful flowers have enough strength to support their tiny guests as they run up the stems and curl up amongst the petals.

From little to large, these beautiful elephants are enjoying spring as they bask in a sea of bright yellow flowers after months of heavy rainfall in Mashatu, Botswana.

This lamb was captured on camera enjoying the glorious British summer time in a field of poppies in Wiltshire.

Photographer Flo McEwan had gone to capture images of the sunlight dancing on the poppy fields but was surprised when she realised a flock of sheep had also arrived to frolic in the beautiful flowers.

Flo, from Sandhurst, Berks, said: “Fields all over the UK are bursting with bright red poppies at this time of year. “I was a long distance from this gorgeous little lamb with my long zoom lens and he turned his sweet little face and stared straight at me.

Now these look like very snuggly ducklings. The adorable newly-hatched baby goslings were caught on camera snuggling up under their mother’s wing – poking out between her feathers to catch a glimpse of their new world.

Amateur photographer Jo Angell managed to capture this adorable sequence of images while taking her daily exercise around a pond near her home in Milton Keynes, Bucks.

Jo said: “The goslings do tend to stay close to the parent geese especially in the very early days of being born.”

A photographer has captured heart-warming pictures of squirrels playing in the flowers.

Geert Weggen took these pictures in her garden in Bispgården, Sweden after finding the red squirrels searching for food between the flowers.

The pictures show several red squirrels playing amongst the brightly coloured flowers.

Geert said: “I try and coax the squirrels into the perfect frame by using nut paste and putting it on a flower.

“I hang some small buckets with seeds above the flowers and when they want to eat, they interact with the flowers.

These beautiful puffin portraits show the stunning seabird nestled in a field of colourful wildflowers.

Nature photographer Drew Buckley has been observing puffins on Skomer Island in Wales for several years and now has a huge collection of stunning images.

The photos show the majestic birds getting about their daily life in splendour – from catching tasty fish, basking in the golden sun, stretching their feathery wings and roaming in flower fields.

Drew, from Pembrokeshire, Wales, said: “Being a local resident to where these birds call home for a few months of the year, I’ve spent many years and thousands of hours watching, documenting and photographing puffins.

A wildlife photographer visited the same bluebell-filled patch of woodland 300 times in three years before finally capturing the perfect badger snap.

McDonald’s worker and keen amateur snapper Jordan Callaghan took this stunning image of a badger frolicking in the spring flowers. He had returned to the bluebell woods in Hythe, Hants, in an attempt to photograph the animals hundreds of times after discovering a sett there years ago

Photographer Nick Hurst said he felt ‘moved’ by the sheer beauty of the moment this tawny owl swooped across a sea of bluebells – with its wings gently skimming the Spring flowers.

In a breath-taking sequence of shots, the brown and white feathered bird of prey gracefully glides over a carpet of the blossoming blue flowers in woodland near Billericay, Essex.

Nick of Lavenham, Suffolk, said he felt ‘exhilarated and moved’ to have witnessed such a dazzling moment

“The tawny owl is one of the most common owls in Britain but a very rarely seen bird due to their nocturnal habits.”