Sexy Side-Swept Bangs

After taking down the Christmas tree we took a short drive into the forest on another very gloomy, yet dry, day.

When, at Shirley Holms, I pointed my lens in her direction, a sexy Shetland pony mistook me for a hairdresser’s photographer and trotted over to display

her dishevelled side-swept bangs.

The ditches are all filling up now. A copper beech hedge reflected in one at Sandy Down caught my eye as we passed. My Chauffeuse kindly made a several points turn in the narrow lane so that I could photograph the scene, including one of the discarded drink containers. The second picture above is by the Assistant Photographer who also focussed on

me. This might have been the moment I was trying to tuck myself in to keep out of the way of oncoming vehicles passing our parked Modus. I wasn’t exactly between rock and a hard place – more on a soggy verge between muddy tarmac and a full ditch..

Mallards have taken up occupation in the very full Pilley lake. They create their own ripples on what would otherwise be a very still surface reflecting barely quivering images of

skeletal trees;

shaggy Shetland ponies;

and red brick houses.

This evening we dined on Jackie’s spicy pork paprika; boiled potatoes, crunchy carrots and cauliflower with which she drank Hoegaarden and I finished the Brouilly.



  1. What you won’t do to get the image you want, eh Derrick? You are a full-fledged photographer. The first thing I thought of when I saw that pony with the comb-over is , she was going for the Veronica Lake look. (haha, how many people do you think remember THAT name?)

  2. “Sexy side-swept bangs” made me laugh. Great photos. I love the reflections (of course) :)–and how you caught the rippling water around the ducks.

  3. HA! πŸ˜€ Someone is lookin’ for some attention! πŸ˜‰ That’s quite the hairdo! πŸ˜‰ She could hairspray those bangs straight up and go for a 1980’s-do!!! πŸ˜€

    The mallards and ponies are beautiful! The trees, too!
    And your reflection photos are stunning as always!

    The Assistant Photographer capturing The Great Photographer are always some of my favorite photos! Your expression is great, Derrick! Way to go, Jackie! πŸ™‚
    Both of you be safe out there in your photographing adventures!

    HUGS for all!!! πŸ™‚
    How are you doing today, Derrick?!?!
    How are you doing today, Jackie?!?!

  4. We say ‘fringe’ but still – a wild, windswept fringe by any other name makes for a most alluring pony! Pic of the day goes to Jackie’s shot of the tentative and quivering photographer preparing to give his all for his art πŸ˜€ Take care Derrick, I never want to see the shot that has you upsidedown in a ditch!!

    PS (whispers) Day 2 of sun …. excited!

  5. The reflections are lovely – an upside down world: reflective sometimes of how the politicians sometimes make us feel the world over.

  6. Some wonderful reflections – winter wanders have their own art forms to discover. The discarded drink can made me smile too. We have litter-picked a few over the years. We have a family saying, “Wherever you may wander, you will always find a … Foster’s can”!

  7. That is the easiest “Where’s Nugget?” yet. He’s on a soggy verge between muddy tarmac and a full ditch, wearing a single red breasted jacket with what may be darker grey identification rings of some sort.

  8. Those reflections are just fabulous, especially the final few. Oh, and the ones of the little shetland are really gorgeous.

  9. Blondes have more fun! Such a coy little pony.

    Mallards are the toughest ducks. They hang around Ottawa all winter and I wonder how they survive in their bare feet in -17.

  10. Hello Derrick,
    I am absolutely a fan of the first photo of the pony – who would need the help of a hairdresser to cut a little bit of his frontal bangs. The walk must have been very pleasant but …. the last two images Derrick …. would you have drunk a little too much Brouilly (laughs)

  11. The portrait of you is the best! I love the look on your face, the red jacket, and that amazing lens! Photographers always get themselves into unlikely or unwise places, it’s the nature of the job. πŸ˜‰

    That copper beech is about as copper as leaves get I think, and the reflected image is beautiful. Also, I love what you did in the last two. I like the second to last best because you can see the earth at the top of the photo. Nicely done.

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