Romford Pictures: Beauty of Havering’s parks captured by residents

Fox in the rain. Picture: Don Tait

Fox in the rain. Picture: Don Tait - Credit: Archant

Some of the most beautiful sights in Havering’s parks have been captured by photography enthusiasts.

Doe and fawn. Picture: Michelle Ordever

Doe and fawn. Picture: Michelle Ordever - Credit: Archant

Michelle Ordever, 37, of Harold Hill, is inspired by Bedford’s Park, which features regularly in the images on her website, the Purple Pumpkin Blog.

Gosling stretching. Picture: Don Tait

Gosling stretching. Picture: Don Tait - Credit: Archant

She said: “I’ve been visiting Bedford’s for as long as I can remember. When my son [Liam, 14] was younger we often used to go to the park for a kickabout or for walks through the forest, looking for interesting things or watching the deer.

“I love the park because it’s so calm and tranquil.”

Michelle, who also works as a website designer, said her photograph of a doe and fawn is one of her favourites.

Harold Hill and Noak Hill historian Don Tait also takes pleasure from getting up close to wildlife.

He takes his photographs in the nature reserve of Dagnam Park, Harold Hill.

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Don, who is also chairman of the Friends of Dagnam Park, said: “Wildlife photography is a pure hobby and pleasure to do.

“It is the resounding beauty of the parkland and things that one can see in there, from small stag horn fungi, which grows no bigger than someone’s thumb nail, to seeing and hearing the buzzards mewing and flying overhead, that draws me back time and time again.”

Don said his favourite image is of two fallow bucks fighting.

He added: “This one picture has the strength, power and pure determination shown from both of the deer to be a victor, but sadly one had to give way.”

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