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Fortunate Sightings

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Our morning walk from Linford Bottom includes some wildlife spotting and from Abbotswell, the inevitable sunset considering the weather. Alright, I admit I went there purposefully for a different perspective on the sunset because the amount of cirrus and cirrostratus clouds meant there was highly likely to be a very pretty display.

Harry contemplates one of the deep pools in Linford Brook as we set out from the car park

Harry contemplates one of the deep pools in Linford Brook as we set out from the car park.

Wood Anenome

Spring is advancing quickly and the Wood Anenomes are coming out under the trees, shining white amongst the leaf litter.

Speckled Wood Butterfly Pararge Aegeria

I’m not often lucky with butterflies staying still to be photographed, but this Speckled Wood Butterfly (Pararge Aegeria) was very obliging. I didn’t know what he was at first, but I got an identification in minutes thanks to the wonderful community at ispot.org.uk, where you can post pictures of any type of flora or fauna and people will help you with their knowledge and expertise.

Adder

On leaving the Great Linford Inclosure, proudly clutching what I’m hoping is my first good photo of a butterfly, I spot this chap on the heathland – head reared at nothing at all. I was walking with a couple I’d met for a few minutes who were looking for somewhere to walk where they might spot some deer and so I was showing them where to try. We stopped to take photos of the adder and he too obligingly stayed very still for a few minutes while we snapped away and then slithered off into the undergrowth alongside the Inclosure.

Adder close in

Thank goodness for zoom, I wouldn’t want to get this close to an adder for real!

Showing a little more of the adders lovely colouring

Showing a little more of the adders lovely colouring. The last few adders I’ve seen have been either brown or black, so it was great to see such a beautifully coloured individual.

One of the fords across the Linford Brook, frothy blackthorn blossom

Heading back along the Linford Brook, this is one of the of the fords, the blackthorn blossom is positively frothing. It’s going to be a good year for sloe gin!

Off to park at Abbotswell car park in the afternoon with the intent of walking around Hyde Common, down into Ogdens and then back up Windmill Hill to catch the sun going down over the pond by the car park.

Hyde Common

A clump of pine trees on Hyde Common, there is a bench in the middle of them making a very pleasant and cool place to sit on a warm day.

Down by the Latchmore Brook now and looking across Hasley Hole to the Hasley Inclosure on the skyline

Down by the Latchmore Brook now and looking across Hasley Hole to the Hasley Inclosure on the skyline.

To the right, up the hill to the pine trees at the other end of the Inclosure

To the right, up the hill to the pine trees at the other end of the Inclosure.

A little further on I turn back to photograph the birch tree in the photo before last silhouetted by the lowering sun

A little further on I turn back to photograph the birch tree in the photo before last silhouetted by the lowering sun.

Latchmore Brook

I cross the Latchmore Brook where it meanders through the bottom. Latchmore is one of the few streams in the Forest that very rarely dries up, it’s a testament to the dry weather we’ve had over the past weeks that already the stream is much lower than usual, I can even cross this dry shod in trainers!

Harry has other ideas and has gone over to the deeper water hoping that I'll chuck something in for him

Harry has other ideas and has gone over to the deeper water hoping that I’ll chuck something in for him.

Zooming in, with Slodens behind him

Zooming in, with Slodens behind him, Harry has decided to lie down despite the fact that I’m walking in the opposite direction.

Great Witch and Hasley Inclosure

Looking back over the brook to the hills in front of Hasley Inclosure known as Great Witch and Little Witch.

Sunset and sundogs

As I head up towards Windmill Pond, the sun is low enough to produce sundogs either side, a little small in this photo, but definately there.

Zooming in on the right hand sundog

Zooming in on the right hand sundog.

The setting sun in Abbotswell Pond

The setting sun in Abbotswell Pond. I can’t linger for the full sunset, but this is nearly what I was hoping for.

Harry's in the water again

Harry’s in the water again! He needed it this time, he was filthy 🙂

Driving home, I see a bit more of what I'm about to miss

Driving home, I see a bit more of what I’m about to miss. I do believe I even see a bit of a sun pillar there!


4 Responses to “Fortunate Sightings”

  1. Steve Says:

    Hello,

    What a great website! Thank you for sharing your pictures.

    I was hoping you may be able to answer a question for me, please. About 35 years ago, I used to play on the Ogdens Purlieu / Hasley Hole area. I remember a bomb crater that was filled with water and lily pads. I’ve been back to the area a few times recently however cannot find the crater. Would you happen to know its whereabouts on the purlieu? Thank you for your help.

    BW

    Steve

  2. Rowena Says:

    Hi Steve
    Thanks for your comment. I’ve had so little time to update the site for such a long while now, but I’m still photographing and am determined to get it back up to date.
    I do know the bomb crater. At the western end of Hasley Inclosure there are pine trees on the outside of it. There are two paths that lead away from the Inclosure continuing west, one is that which comes away from the gate and is a wide gravel path. Another close by is a smaller, greener path that leads across an open area into a smaller clump of pine trees, I believe the crater is in that clump.

    It’s a good long while since I’ve been to the crater, but if I’m right about the location, the OS map location is 50°54.382’N 1°44.089’W.

    I hope you find it – let me know?

    Regards
    Rowena

  3. Steve Says:

    Hi Rowena,

    Thank you for your reply and apologies for the lateness of mine. I’ve not yet been back to Ogdens however hope to in the next few weeks using those coordinates. I’ll let you know what I find.

    Thanks again.

    BW

    Steve

  4. Steve Says:

    Hi Rowena,

    Finally went back to Ogdens yesterday and using the map reference you provided, we managed to find the crater. It’s now quite overgrown and not easily seen from the path.

    It’s a beautiful spot and well worth the visit!

    Thank you for your help.

    BW

    Steve

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