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PUBLISHED: 12:34 26 April 2012 | UPDATED: 21:18 20 February 2013

Munches on common figwort. Easy to grow – go wild in your garden.

Munches on common figwort. Easy to grow – go wild in your garden.

North Devon photographer Emily Clark introduces us to the small creatures that inhabit her Little Torrington garden

North Devon photographer Emily Clark introduces us to the small creatures that inhabit her Little Torrington garden

Photography has always been a big part of my life; as a family, weve never been without good cameras. Im a painter by profession modernist, lots of colour, charged (I hope) with the grandeur of North Devon but my love of photography has gone hand in hand witha parallel obsession for wildlife. Now we live permanently in Devon all of my school holidays were spent here we have a serious wildlife garden. In London, we had to make do with the usual 60-footer, although it at least had the distinction of overlookinga small wild wood, dropping down into Greenwich and the Thames and Canary Wharf beyond that. In my mind, I can still hear the police sirens dinning along the Trafalgar Road.

In the past couple of years, two (maybe life-changing!) things have happened. I discovered Blipfoto, an online photography community that provides the daily joy of finding an image to post on the website, while a fabulous being from the wild discovered me. A robin. Upright, charismatic, with very long legs I called him Larry Legs. And then, last Spring, with his partner deep in one of our hedges, he begat a family. When one of the fledglings emerged supreme, he was instantly named Little Larry. And then, on a remarkable day in July, Larry Legs seemed to take a back seat, ushered his protege to the front of our hawthorn, and looked me straight in the eye. This is my boy, he said. Keep an eye on him for me. And so I have. Every day, non-stop.

Ive taken more than 2,000 photographs of Little Larry. He has his own thread on the net, and hes possibly the most famous robin in the world. He is without compare.

The image here shows him at about the time I consented to his adoption. The rest are a collection of some of the smaller creatures who share our garden. You only need to look and to care,and the world stands on its head; transformed, and so much better.

Emilys daily Blipfoto journal can be found at blipfoto.com/emyjane

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