Beechwood Fauna

This being the second day of 50+ m.p.h. winds it seemed one to have a look at the waves on The Solent.

The sun lit the cliffs of the island and the waves on the skyline.

When I photographed the sea,

rocks, and spume on the sand

I was not alone;

one young woman, exhibiting enviable knee flexion, took a bird’s eye view.

When I grew tired of bracing myself against the gusts, we drove through Shirley Holms into the forest,

where, on Beachwood Lane, our new foal, still keeping close to her mother, and needing to suckle, looked more as if her legs belonged to her and could, to some extent, risk making our acquaintance.

Other ponies wandered about

and a group of cattle were accompanied by a young calf.

They soon wandered off down the lane in order to trim residents’ hedges.

Perhaps we were downwind of the deer which occasionally peered out from the distant undergrowth before gradually moving off under cover.

One of the fallen trees appeared to have been uprooted quite recently.

Our return journey took us along Bickley Common Road with its bluebells and cow parsley on the verges.

This evening we dined on roast chicken breasts; potatoes roasted with onions and mushrooms; and crisp carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli; followed by strawberries and cream. Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I drank Dragon Hills Pinot Noir 2017.

63 thoughts on “Beechwood Fauna

  1. Isn’t that wind too much! i find it annoying after a while, but what are you going to do? Well, spring sure is here – all the babies are out and about, plus the trees are green!
    Does Jackie use any seasoning on her chicken?

  2. A fascinating pictorial journal – as ever. Pleased to find your publications continue, Derrick. I was concerned that you might have given up, but I must, somehow and unintentionally, unsubscribed myself.

  3. The isles look like a procession of carriages pulled by a steam engine. For a moment I want to be that young woman engrossed in photography. The long-legged colt is full of grace and innocence. The quiet lanes of the woods beckon my heart.

  4. Hi Derrick! Belated Easter Wishes. The deer in your header is sublime. So peaceful in the sunlight, just enjoying life. I love that ponies and cows are just wandering on the roads and having a snack at will were ever they have the notion. I should think that keeps the motor vehicles traveling slower and with more caution than here in the wild west of Canada. Terrible drivers here, usually speeding along in a giant pickup trucks :/ The sea looked wicked and fierce that day! Not a hat day, that’s for sure 😀 Cheers, xB

  5. So glad you didn’t get Gone With the Wind-ed! Hope the winds subside soon!

    That little foal and the young calf just made me grin so BIG! 🙂
    Love the hedge-trimmer busy at work! 😀
    The photos of the photographers taking photos are wonderful! 🙂
    Thank you, once again, for taking us along with you! 🙂
    HUGS to you and Jackie! 🙂

  6. I love watching the choppy seas, from a safe distance of course! Not so sure the lady photographer was wise to place herself so close to the waves on such a day.

    Your photographs are stunning Derrick and I thank you for the photographic tour which i thoroughly enjoyed. 🙂

  7. So much beauty! I wish my knees still did that as well. I was at an event at which I dropped a cake last evening. Yes, the better part of a cake. And I was having trouble getting down to it to scrub up, when my friend dropped to her knees and made quick work of it. I was grateful, and a little envious

  8. Surf’s Up! Well, the swell is swell, anyway! (That’s (most of) my wave puns used up – i’ll stop now. 🙂

    Another wonderful ramble from the beach to the beeches! Lovely photo’s Derrick!

    That foal is just gorgeous. 🙂

    Glad the winds are easing and hope they have not affected your garden too much!?

  9. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful photos! They are enchanting. I just recently discovered your blog. So glad I did. Where do you live? I am near Houston, Texas. Like you, my knees are not so flexible and my legs not so strong. Thanks for taking me along on your lovely journey. Janet

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