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Spiders, devils and deer

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

A misty morning walk from Linford and a treat and a sunset at Ibsley in the evening.

From the top gate of Little Linford Inclosure

After walking up through Little Linford Inclosure, I get this very fine view from the top gate. Home is about a mile and a half in that direction.

A huge spiders web in the gorse

It’s misty this morning and the gorse bushes are hung with masses of spiders webs. This one is absolutely huge.

Little spiders web on the heather

This one, in the heather is tiny and very complex. Each strand looks like a little thread of strung diamonds.

From Marrowbones Hill, the misty view across Handy Cross Plain and Akercome Bottom to Colliers Thorns

From Marrowbones Hill, the misty view across Handy Cross Plain and Akercome Bottom to Colliers Thorns. The spiders webs hung from the gorse bushes like garlands.

A landmark of Akercome Bottom, a massive dead tree that reaches its fingers to the sky

A landmark of Akercome Bottom, a massive dead tree that reaches its fingers to the sky.

A web with a very beautiful spider occupant

A web with a very beautiful occupant. She didn’t stay long, but scuttled off in the gorse to wait for her next victim.

Ibsley

Devils Fingers or Clathrus Archeri

I found this curious thing in amongst some gorse bushes on the edge of the old gravel pit on Ibsley Common. I thought it was a carniverous plant perhaps, but the lovely people at iSpot soon put me right. It is actually a fungus called Devils Fingers or Clathrus Archeri. Quite a rare find here apparently.

Devils Fingers Clathrus Archeri side view

Devils Fingers/Clathrus Archeri side view.

Devils Fingers Clathrus Archeri close up

Devils Fingers Clathrus Archeri close up.

Red deer

A few yards further on and I’m treated to another rare sight. Red deer up near Whitefield Plantation. I’ve seen this little group, two does and a youngster, on and off over the last couple of years and although I may be wrong, red deer aren’t that common in this part of this Forest, but there is a red deer farm nearby. I’ve wondered whether they may be escapees.

Red deer with a youngster

One of the does with the youngster, the little one has grown considerably since I saw them last.

Red deer

Oops, I’ve been spotted. They don’t stay around long, but they don’t run away fast, just wander away into the safety of the plantation.

Altocumulus clouds

While I’ve been watching the flora and fauna, the sky has been filling with Altocumulus clouds.

Looking into Dorset as the sun starts to set and the clouds dissipate

Looking into Dorset as the sun starts to set and the clouds dissipate.

Zooming in on a rather beautiful sunset

Zooming in on a rather beautiful sunset.

Clouds and clear skies reflected in Ibsley Pond

I nip down to Ibsley Pond in the old gravel pit to take advantage of the sunset and clearing cloud. Wonderful!


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