Monday, 25 February 2013

Like Mother, Like Daughter

At this time of year, the Sika can look quite drab, especially when the weather is equally grey and dull. In the Autumn though, they have a beautiful coat that looks wonderful in all weathers.
Regardless of this, I always enjoy seeing these long settled visitors and getting close to them is very special.

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Low Light, Long Tail

Terrible light over the last few days and so an older shot of a Long Tailed Tit.

A Private Moment

Via Flickr:
Another young Roe deer, which should help to keep the small Purbeck herd going. I always get a buzz when I see these, even though I manage to catch a glimpse most days. There were two here today and that made a rather soggy walk a lot more enjoyable.

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Later Sunsets

Day by day the days are growing longer and with it, the chance of photography after work! We are back to cloudy days after a week of beautiful blue skies but the memory of those wonderful sunsets and looking forward to evening walks will keep me going until Spring.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Misty Mornings

We have had some beautiful, blue sky mornings lately and although I really enjoy seeing the sun in the morning, things really start to get interesting when the mist rises. The landscape that we know so well changes and, as the sun tries its hardest to burn the mist away, the shadows can be quite amazing.
It makes the journey to work a little more interesting.

Monday, 18 February 2013

Kingston to Corfe Castle

The walk from Kingston to Corfe Castle gives some very impressive views along with the bonus of the Blashenwell water wheel! As you work your way towards Corfe the castle appears and disappears regularly behind the hills of Corfe Common, making it easy to imagine countless footsteps over countless years.
Yesterday, after discovering just how wet the ground was, we decided to stick to the path, it was a lot less muddy and we got to keep our boots!







Saturday, 16 February 2013

Beach Huts & Blue Skies

We have had a couple of beautiful blue sky days and it has been wonderful to get out and about again.
I'm like a bear with a sore head when I can't get out with the camera and I have spent the last few days catching up on my walks.
It has also been perfect weather for the next set of photographs for the landslip survey in Swanage Bay. There is still plenty of movement in the cliffs and there are fresh slips happening very regularly, this is keeping the Coastguard busy.
The Swanage Coastguard blog is well worth a look to keep up with them
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Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Fox

Close EncounterMore Than A Golden HourFoxy On A MissionMighty HunterHang On! You're Not A RabbitLady in Red
A Brush With A FoxAfter the RainFoxLet Sleeping Foxes LieSmileHere We Go Again
Brown EyesLittle RedEvening OutTwo For JoyNew MumHonest Mistake
More Close EncountersMore Drive-by ShootingsGotchaMore Bracken Than CubMighty HunterLook Into My Eyes

Fox, a set on Flickr.

The Fox is getting a bit of a bad press lately, but it will always be a favourite of mine. Spending time with a wild Fox in its own environment is very special.

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Chores For A Rainy Sunday.

Chores For A Rainy Sunday.
No walks today, as rain has stopped play, that means doing the jobs that I have been putting off! Yesterday afternoon was spent making mini canvases (more of that later), this morning I will be putting the picture hanging wire on the backs of the latest batch of A3 canvases.


Friday, 8 February 2013

Thursday, 7 February 2013

More Journeys To Work

It seems like all of the best weather days are when I have to leave The Purbeck and go to work. This morning's sunrise was another beautiful one and it made leaving very difficult.

Saturday, 2 February 2013

39 Steps....


...then have a breather and tackle the next 125!
Chapman's Pool to Houns Tout is one of the finest walks on the Purbeck.

Mind The First Step, It's A Biggy


Houns Tout is a very special place! On a beautiful clear blue sky day it is even better. From here you can see the Isle of Wight to the east and Portland to the west. As the crow flies, a distance of about 40 miles!

Time for the Kestrel

We are lucky here on the Isle of Purbeck to have a regular breeding pair of Kestrels and this year triplets have fledged and are learning th...