Thursday, 23 October 2014

The Purbeck Dolphin

I am not getting out as much as I would like, partly because of the weather partly due to work, and so I think it is time for another collection.
We have had the Purbeck Fox and now it is time for the Purbeck Dolphin. These photographs were taken from the coast path on the cliffs that make up the southern border of the Isle of Purbeck. We don't see them very often but when we do they are a real crowd pleaser.

Monday, 13 October 2014

The Purbeck Fox

I have a great liking for the Fox! It is an animal that I can spend far too long looking for and watching. As the evenings become ever shorter the chances of me getting out to spend time with them get less and less. So, for that reason if one was needed, here are some of my favourite Fox moments.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

A Sunday Morning Bug Hunt

There are still plenty of creepy crawlies in the meadows if you look hard enough. This mornings bug hunt came up with Spiders, Crane Flies, Bees, Wasps, Hoverflies and Grasshoppers. Taking photographs of this little beasts is quite addictive.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Getting Closer to Dragons

We are coming to the end of Dragonfly season and, as the days get cooler, the chances of seeing one get worse and worse. And so, because I find these incredible creatures completely addictive, I thought I would post a few of my favourite close-ups.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

No Crowds and No Pool!

Dancing Ledge is one of the most famous old quarries on the Isle of Purbeck and also one of the most visited. Rightly so too, it is a very special place with plenty of history and superb views along the coast and out to sea. One thing Dancing Ledge does not have however is firepower! Hedbury Quarry, a little further to the west than Dancing Ledge, is quieter, a little more rugged and, most importantly, it has a cannon!

Monday, 22 September 2014

Beards & Spoons

Bearded Tits and Spoonbills, both birds are new to me and both are not easy to get close to. The Bearded Tits were easier, especially the beautifully marked female, who insisted on checking me out and was never more than a couple of meters away. The male however, sporting a fine moustache, was far more difficult and decided to keep partially hidden a little further away. Quick little birds too, making them great fun to play with.
After this, the Spoonbills were a bonus. They spent their time quite a way away, but it was still a treat to see them.
Male Bearded Tit
Female Bearded Tit
Female Bearded Tit

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Povington Hill and the Whiteway

Today for The Swanage & Purbeck Walking Festival, I took a particularly nice group of people to Tyneham. Now there are many ways to walk to Tyneham, the deserted village that lies in a remote valley on the western edge of the Isle of Purbeck, but today we chose one of the best.
Starting at Povington Hill we walked westward along the Whiteway ridge heading for Flowers Barrow, an Iron Age hill fort that was built over two and a half thousand years ago and is now slowly falling into the sea. The views along the ridge to the north and south are wonderful enough but when you arrive at Flowers Barrow you are in for a real treat.
Once we managed to tear ourselves away from Flowers it was time for the decent into Warbarrow Bay and this takes a great deal of care. The path is steep and on a wetter day would be far too dangerous to use. For us today it was fine, but this is not a path to rush down.
Warbarrow Bay itself is worth the walk, it is very picturesque and, because of its remoteness, never seems to get too busy.
From here the walk to Tyneham is easy. A lane runs between the bay and the village and is only a mile long but it takes a while to see the first of the ruined building as you walk through the trees..
By Christmas Day 1943 Tyneham was deserted and it has stayed that way ever since, giving us an idea of what it may have been like to live in a small isolated village at that time.
 Don't rush your visit here, the village is small and is ready to be explored. Besides, the walk back up to Povington Hill is steep and hard work, with only the promise of those views to look forward to.
Lulworth Castle from the Whiteway Ridge
West from Flowers Barrow
The descent from Flowers Barrow
Warbarrow Bay