Tuesday 9 October 2018

Dry Leaves and Footpsteps

After watching the sunrise this morning I headed up Durlston Castle along the coast path that sits above it’s bay. The Sun was still low in the sky meaning its rays did not have to complete with the leaves that stubbornly refused to drop from the canopy but shone almost horizontally, dodging past tree trunks and banishing at least some of the shadows that live here. Small sections of the undergrowth were lit up as if by a torch and prehistoric ferns, uncurling from the dampness of the earth, seem to reach out for the Sun. Darkness would eventually win the war but meanwhile these spot lit islands of life would appear every time the Sun found space between the trees and would move across the ground until they were eventually suffocated by shadows.
Invisible in the darkness but shining bright when in the sunlight were the silken threads of countless spiders that crisscrossed the path, evidence of smaller life here but it certainly wasn’t the spiders that were making the footsteps I could hear! Now we are all familiar with the noise that walking through fallen leaves makes, a rustling that sounds almost like water, well it was that noise but there was no one else around. The dogs discovered the culprits before I did but then Squirrels, for some unknown reason, are the dogs’ arch-enemy! There was more than one too and that didn’t go down well with Sika whose eyes were fixed on the light grey bundles, begging to be let off her lead. So for a while we watched as the Squirrels appeared in the shafts of sunlight only to disappear a moment later, but the noise was still there and it still sounded like footsteps. 

Monday 1 October 2018

If Looks Could Kill

This morning's wander took us back along the cliff path just after sunrise when the air is cool and clear and views go on for miles. Below us a slight sea, its waves hardly bothering to break, gives out a sigh that is mirrored by the wind as it drifts through the trees, it is as if the world is struggling to wake up.
Jackdaws patrol the cliffs, all suited and booted in polished black, dressed for dinner rather than breakfast and making sure that everyone within earshot knows just how important they are. There is a Raven too but he doesn't look impressed by the Jackdaws and so watches the Pigeons: something has upset them, scared them from their perches, and he looks like he knows more than he is letting on.
Just then the unmistakeable call of a master preditor rips through the still Autumn air like a knife, and the reason for the Pigeon's upset is clear. I think that it is perhaps imposible for a Peregrine to look particularly happy, but this one looks seriously annoyed!

Quiet but never silent.

I missed the Sun this morning, not because I was late but because the early wander was done and dusted by the time the clouds cleared. When...