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Can We Have A Slightly Dryer 2013 Please?

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Can We Have A Slightly Dryer 2013 Please?, a photo by julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints on Flickr.
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.

Sika

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Sika, a photo by julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints on Flickr.
These two were in a larger group of about twelve youngsters. The Stag was close, but unsociable so I left him alone. There expressions are lovely.

Stonework & Smuggling

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Stonework & Smuggling, a photo by julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints on Flickr.
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.

Moving Beach Huts

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Moving Beach Huts, a photo by julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints on Flickr.
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!

Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas, a photo by julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints on Flickr.
Merry Christmas everyone. I hope Santa brings you all that you wish for.

julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints' photostream

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julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints' photostream on Flickr.If you get a few moments, on this damp, dark Sunday, perhaps have a look at some of my pictures on Flickr.

Catching The Sun

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Catching The Sun, a photo by julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints on Flickr.
The Winter Solstice caught for just a few seconds.

A Purbeck Winter Solstice

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A Purbeck Winter Solstice, a photo by julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints on Flickr.
Very quiet and not a druid in sight!
One of the finest mornings we have had for a while.

Westward

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Westward, a photo by julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints on Flickr.
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

Lookout

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Lookout, a photo by julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints on Flickr.
Easier than the Buzzard, but still a bit flighty, was the Kestrel. It stayed within a small area hunting, but although it tried several times, couldn't manage lunch.

Stay On The Line

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Stay On The Line, a photo by julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints on Flickr.
Seeing a Buzzard on a telegraph pole is the easy bit, getting close enough to take a shot is more difficult.

The Worm Whisperer

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The Worm Whisperer, a photo by julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints on Flickr.
A large grup of Fieldfares with a few Thrushes trawled the field looking for worms. This Thrush was quite successful.

White Stags & Cold Feet

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White Stags & Cold Feet, a photo by julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints on Flickr.
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!

Special Forces Donkeys #9 Camouflage

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Special Forces Donkeys #9 Camouflage, a photo by julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints on Flickr.
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!
Mission Accomplished!

Sleeping Red

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Sleeping Red, a photo by julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints on Flickr.
Doing what any self-respecting Fox should do on a bright, warm Winters day. The Fox was happy. So was I.

Easier Targets

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Easier Targets, a photo by julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints on Flickr.
After crawling through the grass to photograph the, very shy, Oyster Catchers I try my luck with a small group of Turnstones. Lovely little birds and far braver than their larger neighbours.

Quartet

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Quartet, a photo by julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints on Flickr.
Four Oyster Catchers being a little bit flighty on the shores of Poole Harbour!

Too Flighty

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Too Flighty, a photo by julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints on Flickr.
There were two Egrets here, but neither fancied hanging around for a photograph. I don't spend enugh time wandering the shores of Poole Harbour, really should correct that!

Golden Hour

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Golden Hour, a photo by julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints on Flickr.We have had some beautiful mornings this week, let's hope they continue.
The Purbeck Footprints Roadshow.
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.

Small Birds, Big Fun

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Small Birds, Big Fun, a photo by julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints on Flickr.
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!!

Terrible news for Wareham!

I would like to apologise to the people of Wareham, Farwell's newsagent have sold out of our Land of Purbeck calendar! Great news for me but heartbreaking news for all those who have missed out!
Worry not though, another batch will be delivered tomorrow and, as always, a big thank you to everyone who bought a calendar!

The Land of Purbeck Calendar 2013

The Nature of Purbeck Calendar 2013

Slash & Burn

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Slash & Burn, a photo by julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints on Flickr.
The landscape at Arne is changing. The Forestry have cut plenty of trees down and burn whatever is left.