The Running of the Deer and the Setting of the Sun..
Saturday, March 5th, 2011
There is a herd of fallow deer around Linford that includes three white(ish) coloured members and I got a really good look at them in Little Linford Inclosure this morning. The day was rounded off with a lovely sunset from Ibsley Common.
My first view of the herd. They, rather unusually, didn’t run as soon as they saw me. One of the benefits of having Harry on the lead so much is that I can get so much closer to them than normal.
A fine show of antlers, soon to be lost in the spring.
This young fallow buck has a broken antler, perhaps last autumn was his first attempt at trying to win a female in the rut and he lost it fighting.
This one of the white fallows is a buck with antlers that I believe name him as a pricket – a youngster in fallow buck years.
The sunset starts looking over Blashford Lakes from below Ibsley Common.
A little further on, the intricacy of the bare branches of an oak make an excellent frame for a beautiful sky.
Daffodils and Snowdrops in the woods, lit up by the sun is a remnant of the war, a shelter in the woods that was part of the Ibsley Airfield.
On top of Ibsley Common, dark clouds highlight the setting sun.
A complex knit of cirrostratus clouds above the sunset.
A sun pillar appears above the setting sun. As a member of the Clouds Appreciation Society I’ve been looking for one of these for a while, so that’s another sighting I can chalk down.
One of my favourite views, the sunset reflected in Ibsley Pond, I never tire of the different effects that can be seen over this little stretch of water.
The sun starts to dip into thicker cloud. The sun pillar intensifies.
There are holes in the thick cloud and the sun appears huge as it finally sets below it.
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