It has been a good, if rather wet, 2012. I have not been able to get out with the camera as much as I have wanted to, but have still managed some cracking walks.
I have a lot planned for 2013 but regardless of that, I need to spend more time with our local wildlife, I missed them this year.
Thanks for all the support this year and I hope you all have a fine 2013.
Monday, 31 December 2012
Sunday, 30 December 2012
Saturday, 29 December 2012
When the sea is this rough it is hard to imagine how many people relied on the coast for a living. The cliffs have been quarried for hundreds of years, leaving caves and inlets all along the coast line. Smuggling provided some with a slightly less honest income.
Thursday, 27 December 2012
There is a lot of material on the move at the north end of the beach, making the walkway under the cliffs a dangerous place to be!
The Coastguard have been advised to tape the area off, they will also be the ones who rescue those who don't take advice!
Monday, 24 December 2012
Sunday, 23 December 2012
Friday, 21 December 2012
Wednesday, 19 December 2012
Swyre Head, the western ridge of the Golden Bowl at Encombe is a little bit special. The view from here is incredible, whether you look East or West, but, in my opinion, West is best. Beautiful when the Sun is shining, but even better, Ithink, when the gloom sets in.
The Encombe Estate was put on the market a couple of years ago for £25 million. The house, hidden away in the bowl, is quite nice and the stables are ok. The cottages have a certain charm and courtyard could hold quite a few Range Rovers! But, if all that is just beyond your means, this view is free.
View On Black
Sunday, 16 December 2012
Wednesday, 12 December 2012
A white smudge from a bit of a distance made me stop the car and try to get a little closer.
Then, a few hundred yards of very cold, very wet walking brought me to this chap!
Not quite in focus, partly because of the stupidly low tempuratures and me in work clothes that are not really designed for deer stalking, but a great thing to see.
There really is something quite magical about white deer!
Monday, 10 December 2012
It has been a while since we last had clearance to photograph the Special Forces Donkeys, but this weekend was a special occasion!
The camouflage gear they are wearing was tested (unsuccessfully) in the snow two years ago and it was time to try again in the winter Sun.
As you can plainly not see, the S.F.D. are almost invisible in fact, if they were hiding in a pile of apples you would not see them until it was too late!
Sunday, 9 December 2012
Saturday, 8 December 2012
Friday, 7 December 2012
Monday, 3 December 2012
On the 15th December we will be showing off our greetings cards, prints, canvases and calendars at the Putlake Farm Christmas Market at Langton on the Isle of Purbeck.
Next year, we want to do more of these. If anyone has details of any fetes or markets happening locally during the year, please get in touch.
Sunday, 2 December 2012
This morning we found a small group of five Goldcrests and then spent far too long trying to get a photograph. They are always superb to see and great fun to play with. One of my favourite little birds, and so tiny!!
Worry not though, another batch will be delivered tomorrow and, as always, a big thank you to everyone who bought a calendar!
available from Durlston Country Park or direct from www.purbeckfootprints.co.uk
available fro Durlston Country Park or direct from www.purbeckfootprints.co.uk
Saturday, 1 December 2012
Thursday, 29 November 2012
The local Sika deer are always willing to pose but the real bonus is being able to get up close and personal. Leaving the well trodden paths and settling into the bracken means, if you are patient and maybe a little lucky, you can really enjoy being with these beautiful animals.
Sunday, 25 November 2012
It is wet, very wet and there is little worse than soggy nuts!
We have three Squirrels now and this is the only way to keep them off of the bird feeders! It is costing me a fortune in peanuts!
Saturday, 24 November 2012
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