The Pony And The Wagtail

This afternoon Jackie drove to Hockey’s Farm Shop at South Gorley. She kindly allowed me to accompany her so I could take some photographs.

As always we patiently waited for a pony to amble across the road as we approached North Gorley, where

a pair of mallards fished on the soggy terrain beside

the usual number of somnolent or grazing ponies.

One patient creature received the attentions of a darting wagtail. Not until the bird was out of shot did the gentle pony relieve itself of the weight of its head.

A pair of donkeys, one possibly pregnant, purposefully crossed the road before we moved on.

Towards South Gorley a grey pony drank from the stream.

We stopped at Deadman Hill beside Roger Penny Way, where I photographed some hazy landscapes.

When, once they had ascended the slope, I showed this couple how they had enhanced some of my pictures, they were very pleased. The woman said she now needed an oxygen tent.

Another young woman and her frisky spaniel also admired the landscape below.

Jackie did not miss the opportunity to photograph the photographer. She also caught him in conversation. Note the pony’s reflective collar hanging from the post in The Assistant Photographer’s first image.

This evening we dined on Jackie’s tasty steak and mushroom pie; boiled potatoes, crunchy carrots and cauliflower, and tender cabbage. I drank more of the Garnache while Jackie drank sparkling water.


  1. I love the pony and bird images and your comment about the gentle creature quite wrung my heart. Clearly I need a second coffee this morning! I also like that there is now an official recorder of the official recorder. Brilliant!

  2. I love the care with which you photograph both wildlife and people–and with such thoughtfulness, as well. Beautiful photos, as always.
    I also really like that first photo that Jackie did of you. I makes me think of an explorer making a discovery. 🙂

  3. I do like the people in the photos. Sometimes they really add a new element. And jackies photos of you add a nice image of the photographer. Is that yellow flowering plant gorse?

  4. You and Jackie take THE most beautiful nature photos: trees, water, sky, plants, flowers, animals, insects, birds, ETC! 🙂
    And Jackie’s photos of Photographer Derrick are wonderful! 🙂
    HUGS to both of you! 🙂
    PS…the photos of the white-ish-grey pony resting and reflecting and being captured in a reflection is so lovely! 🙂

  5. It is a joy sharing the New Forest moors with you on your blog Derrick. The mallard couple are gorgeous. Thanks yet again.

    Looks like your knee is getting better judging by the distance you seem to be from the car! – that’s a good thing. 🙂

  6. That little white dog looks a bit like a long haired foxy, though they usually not just the one colour.
    Cute little King Charlie spaniel, they are quite silly dogs not like the Springers, I love all spaniels especially my half caste Coco, Half American Golden and half King Charlie ? ? ? ?

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