Therefore all seasons shall be sweet to thee,
Whether summer clothe the general earth
With greeness, or the redbreast sit and sing
Betwixt the tufts of snow on the bare branch
Of mossy apple-tree, while the nigh thatch
Smokes in the sun-thaw; whether the eave-drops fall
Heard only in the trances of the blast,
Or if the secret ministry of frost
Shall hang them up in silent icicles,
Quietly shining to the quiet Moon.

Friday, October 07, 2011

Autumn Again

A very quick post this time as my entire family will be here over this coming weekend. Neil, Cesca and the boys are coming up from Suffolk to see Steve, Hannah and the girls before they return to South Africa on the 17th. Juliette will also be around for part of the time so it's going to be a busy weekend. The weather has changed drastically since my last post, it's much cooler and finally we've had some rain. The first thing I saw as I walked down Short's Lane was a rainbow - and it isn't the way I'm holding the camera, the field really does slope like that:) The green is the new crop coming through, I'm not sure yet what it is.

Further down on the other side of the lane there's a rabbit warren, usually I'm not quick enough to get a photograph but this little rabbit posed nicely and happily B Baggins didn't see him:)

I was really surprised to spot this lovely foxglove in full bloom.

There are a lot of silver birch trees in the woods and up on the moor so I see quite a lot of bracket fungus but this one was perticularly splendid.

The bridle path leading up to Lenny Hill looking very autumnal now.

Almost at the top I was admiring the view when I realised that the view was looking back at me:) I'm not sure whether this is a young red deer stag or a roebuck. In spite of desperate attempts to see whether the telltale heart shaped white patch was on his backside I couldn't make an identification. There are a few roe deer on the moor so either is possible. Anyone know for sure?

I climbed up a track to try to get a better look from higher up but he was hidden in the bracken. It was worth the climb to see the lovely view though.

Walking back down Strawberry Lee I spotted these fly agaric on the other side of the little stream at the bottom of a steep slope so risked life and limb scrambling down a deer track so I could get near enough for a photograph.

More wildlife - this was actually the previous morning, I looked down to see Mr Toad struggling through the dead leaves towards the stone wall. In spite of missing the large rabbit and the even larger deer B Baggins did spot the toad! By the time I got his lead on Mr Toad had made it to the wall.

He decided that discretion was definitely the better part of valour and with much scrabbling of feet and rustling of dead leaves he disappeared slowly from sight.
That will be it from me until next week now - hope you all have a good weekend.


Penny said...

Lovely walk with you, have a lovely time with your family.

Wanda..... said...

Loved the photo of the deer standing in the green and brown leafy fern, under the grey branchy tree. His brown and grey coat just fits in perfectly! Beautiful photo, Rowan!

Enjoy your family this weekend!

Mac n' Janet said...

What a beautiful area you live in. Enjoy your family visit.

ÇAĞATAY said...

Spectacular displays. Which city in England?

Mary said...

I enjoyed walking with you Rowan - wonderful Nature shots, thanks.

Have a great weekend with all the family gathering around - hope the rain holds off and you can enjoy perfect English countryside Autumn days together.

Hugs - Mary

Rosie said...

Lovely photos of your walk with so many different things to delight. I've not seen many rabbits around this year! How nice to see a rainbow. Hope you have a wonderful weekend with your family:)

Jane said...

Beautiful! I love autumn - if only it would stay a bit longer. Enjoy your weekend.

Thimbleanna said...

Looks like fall is upon you Rowan -- your pictures are beautiful as always. I especially love the shots of all the animals. I was buying wall rock today -- the salesman and I were loading it from a palate into the car and when I moved one of the big stones, three little mice scurried to bury themselves deeper into the pile. It was a little jarring at first, but then I decided it was a fun little surprise!

Diane said...

Beautiful walk as ever Rowan - enjoy time with your people. xxxx

Bovey Belle said...

Excellent photos. You were so fortunate to notice the stag again and get him on camera. Size would be the big differential between Roe and Red deer. The latter are considerably bigger. Love your header photo too.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Such lovely photos - nice that the wildlife would pose for you. You capture the seasons so well.

Roy said...

I think its a young buck Red Deer Rowan.

Hollace said...

Such beautiful pictures. I hope you have a wonderful time with the family.

Janet said...

I enjoyed this walk because of all the autumn colors. You're so fortunate to live where you have such beautiful scenery to walk through.

Enjoy your visit with your family.

Morning's Minion said...

Your 'lovely view' photo struck me as looking very like New England in the fall. This is such a wonderful time of year for a walk--unless, of course, it is raining!

MorningAJ said...

Love that bracket fungus!

Sheila said...

Beautiful flora and fauna.
The woods look pretty at this time of year. The leaves are just coming to their peak here.
I hope you enjoyed your family weekend and the weather co-operated.

Carolyn said...

Hi Rowen,
What lovely shots of nature-so nice to share a walk with you!

Thank you for you prayers for our little Lucas.

Take care,