Tuesday, 27 September 2011
The hills of the Isle of Purbeck have been shrouded in cloud for most of the day so I wasn't too surprised to find it getting worse this evening. I really like walking in the fog, when visibility is very poor.
The ghost of a shy Roe buck kept appearing and disappearing not too far away and the last of a small flock of Yellowhammers sat in the Hawthorne waiting for me to pass.
Friday, 23 September 2011
I first came here years ago, whilst surveying Devon and Cornwall, and it is one of the other places in the UK that I could happily live.
Start Point, silhouetted against a moody, grey sky looks like something out of a pirate film.
Thursday, 22 September 2011
Well, we are in Devon for our annual pilgrimage to the Abbfest beer festival and all is well.
I try to eat plenty of fruit in the hope that it will limit the effects of testing the occasional beer.
Luckily for me, Cider is a fruit.....
Monday, 19 September 2011
Sunday, 18 September 2011
Saturday, 17 September 2011
Friday, 16 September 2011
A perfect antidote for a particularly bad week at work.
The Purbeck cliffs are a superb place for a wander at any time but when there is a very strong wind blowing from the west, all of the weeks woes disappear.
As the Sun was setting tonight I spent half an hour trying to get a decent shot of a rather busy Green Woodpecker. The youngster was hopping from anthill to anthill and seemed to be listening for his dinner.
Wednesday, 14 September 2011
As the evening start to get shorter I get less time to go for a wander. It was a bit of a rush to get out tonight but it was well worth it. This young Roe Buck was happily taking the tops off of the flowers as the Sun went down and he let me get nice and close.
Tuesday, 13 September 2011
After a day of rain and cloud on the Saturday, on Sunday we had enough Sun to show off The Dominion of New Zealand to full effect. Half way up the Corfe Castle hill was a good place to sit and watch the world go by.
This big old blue engine was the star attraction of the Swanage Railway Steam Gala and very nice she was too.
Sunday, 11 September 2011
The day started with plenty of Sun but also a fierce wind that kept the smaller birds deep within the hedges. If you could get out of the wind however the real warmth of the Sun could be felt. Taking full advantage of this was a very beautiful female Adder and she let me get very close.
Saturday, 10 September 2011
The Swanage Steam Railway is on our doorstep and you can always hear the engines as they make there way through the valley. I don't take many photos of it though and chose a terrible day to change that. Plenty of rain and a very boring, white sky gave me very few views to play with and so I thought I would go all black & white.
I may be doing a few more of these....
We had a bit of a posh visitor to Swanage this week and she was guest of honour at the Swanage Railway Grand Steam Gala. The weather was pretty awful and low cloud scuppered my plans of a photo of the train from the top of the hills. The sky in every picture is that horrible washed out white and there was nothing I could do about it.
Still, she did look impressive and it was good to see so many misty eyed chaps braving the morning rain.
For the steam buffs she is apparently an A4 Pacific, built in the 1930's and took 40 years to restore.
Wednesday, 7 September 2011
"Staying unsettled and windy, with further rain or showers....."
Now, I quite like the rain and I don't mind windy days at all! The problem lately is that we have had them both, mostly at the same time and that doesn't make it easy to take photographs.
Sunday, 4 September 2011
In the middle of nowhere, surrounded by trees there used to be a pool filled with very dark, very still water. It took a while to find that pool today, until I realised that the trees that used to surround it had been felled and the water was now crystal clear.
Plenty of darters around, mainly Commons with a few Blacks (I think) and one huge Emperor Dragonfly, the size of a small plane, that made me jump when it hit the camera.
Saturday, 3 September 2011
It is getting towards the end of the Summer and the crowds have already started to go home. Ours is a town that is pretty well dependant on visitors and without them we would live in a much different place. So it was good to see all three of our piers getting plenty of use today and good to see so many people enjoying the sun.
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