A mix of walks
Sunday, April 4th, 2010
A mix of walks on the Highwood Lanes, Linford, Wilverley and Ibsley Common.
4th April – A very early morning walk through the quiet lanes of Highwood from home
Setting out at around 6 o’clock I’m down to Linford in time to see the dawn over the brook and woods.
The rising sun casts a pinkish glow over the old beech leaves surrounding a mossy trunk
The sun hasn’t reached this one yet with moss spreading much further around.
This massive oak tree in the grounds of one of the houses is struck by the new sun.
A little too far away for my little camera, but I’ve included this Jay because they are so shy I was amazed that he stayed in place despite his lofty perch
A herd of fallow deer graze in the fields making the most of the quiet of the morning. Looking at the stages of their antlers I believe these three are a Pricket (back right), a Sorel (front right) and a Sore (two left, one isn’t clear). In other words fallow deer in their second, third and fourth years respectively.
I notice that a little roe deer has joined these two fine bucks on the other side of the fence
As I approach the junction where I will start my return journey, I look back at Highwood resting in the misty sunlight.
At the junction of the Highwood and Gorley roads, the ford is still high after a month or so of lots of rain.
Most of my return walk up Cowpitts Lane is under trees and too dark for photography, but as I near home this little fern in the lovely old wall of Poulner Baptist Church catches my eye.
5th April – Linford, then onto Wishful’s field and a late afternoon stroll at Wilverley
This is one of my favourite local ponies around Linford Bottom. This morning reaching as high as he can for some holly.
Wild daffodils are putting on a wonderful show in the little woodland bordering the Linford Brook.
Another sign that spring is here, pussy willow.
This pussy willow yellow with pollen.
As I drive up to Wishful’s field I spot something unusual – three Little Egrets searching for goodies in the fields. Again, a poor photo being at maximum zoom, but I’ve never seen three together before.
Wishful (horse) is moulting in earnest now and as I brush her and discard the hair, Jackdaws come to gather it to feather their nests.
Having gathered as much as his beak will hold, he heads off. I love a bit of recycling!
Out riding I spot these two Red Deer. Unusual in these parts, I’ve seen them a couple of times now. I think they are escapees from the local farm since we don’t have a herd in this part of the Forest.
Later in the afternoon I head off to Wilverley Plain to walk Harry. This large expanse of Forest lawn is great for giving him a really good leg stretch. Along the edge of it beside Wilverley Inclosure, these huge Scots Pines dominate.
Looking up into the branches you can see that lovely red tinge perculiar to these trees
The Scots Pine is often grown in the inclosures and plantations. Grown in close proximity, they tend to grow tall and thin, but growing as lone specimens they take on wonderful shapes.
The gorse too can take on some weird and wonderful shapes
The gorse is also coming into fantastic flower now. They shout “YELLOW”!
We’re under the flight path for Bournemouth airport here. I don’t do planes so I can’t tell you what it is. It has a blue underneath – will that do?
The sun sets over Wilverley Inclosure
Another fantastically shaped Scots Pine.
Crepascular rays now over the Inclosure as the clouds gather.
7th April – Late afternoon on the north side of Ibsley Common
I brought some of Wishful’s discarded hair home and put it in garden. This blue tit was down almost before I got inside the house!
On the northern side of Ibsley Common, the paths undulate over a series of little hills
From Dorridge Hill, another day of busy and wonderful clouds draws to a close.
What a variety of clouds lit by the setting sun!
And what colours!
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