Owl Envy

On another hot and humid sunny day we took an early drive into the forest.

Ponies and their foals clustered together in the lowest dip of Holmsley Passage, perhaps in hopes of evading the gathering flies.

I disembarked along Bisterne Close and wandered into the dappled woodland, now devoid of ponies which could normally be expected to enhance these views; it then occurred to me that the animals on these Sultry Days are mostly seen to be gathering near possible sources of water.

This was confirmed at the corner of Forest Road where these fly-pestered ponies sheltered from the heat beside

the shallow dregs of a normally fast flowing stream.

We turned off Beechwood Lane into Church Road,

where Jackie experienced the acute pangs of owl envy when she had to bear the sight of a large carved example on someone else’s dead tree. Briefly she speculated about whether Aaron could be asked to wield his chainsaw to emulate this artwork on our recently lopped cypress.

A rowan tree here was just one of many producing very early berries.

Further verification of my horses to water theory was provided on our way back through Holmsley Passage. The first group of ponies had been within whinnying distance of the stream in which another, apparently knackered, string were slaking their thirst. This shot had to be taken through the windscreen because we had a car behind us.

With or without bigification readers will see no pony pictures lacking flies today.

This evening we dined on a second sitting of Mr Chan’s excellent Chinese Take Away dishes, with which Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I drank more of the Fleurie.

Published by derrickjknight

I am an octogenarian enjoying rambling physically and photographing what I see, and rambling in my head as memories are triggered. I also ramble through a lifetime's photographs. In these later years much rambling is done in a car.

85 thoughts on “Owl Envy

  1. The owl is reminiscent of the Pacific Northwest totem poles featuring large birds of prey (eagles, hawks, ravens). He’s beautiful!

  2. Its a talent and a half to produce something so spectacular (and large). Wouldn’t it be fabulous to have such a handsome owl appear in one of your dead trees though – no harm in asking ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I’m loving all the ponies, but I see even the Shetland was looking for more shade.
    I imagine a lot of different plants are being confused this year with the excessive heat.

  4. Ack! I can’t stand to have one fly land on me. Those poor ponies. Your path shots are incredible today, Derrick. I love the photo of Jackie looking up at the owl, too!

  5. Oh, your warm weather! Ours has been showers for most of the week and you can barely call it warm!

    I love the woodland shots.
    Owl envy is new one on me; I usually have log envy when I see those neat log piles of perfectly formed log rolls, I come home and mine are all misshapen.

    My late husband did a marvellous job of carving fish, not sure if he ever tackled owls!

  6. Your drive into the forest was a wonderful reprieve for me today, Derrick. Thanks for sharing it. I love that carved owl… and can just see the artist on a ladder high up in the air creating it! That was a great photo of Jackie looking up at it! I also love that first picture of those darling ponies. So cute! Have a good rest of your Thursday, Derrick. See ya tomorrow. โค

  7. The owl is cool. We have a live pair that lives in the upstairs of our shop. We enjoy sitting outside at dusk watching them become active. Last time Wrangler crawled upstairs of the shop to make repairs to the roof after bad wind there were seven eggs. We think we can hear babies now.

  8. Oh, how I love to wander into the dappled woodland. It’s been very dry here, too. Must be raining somewhere….Good luck with getting an owl sculpture in your tree. Surely there could be some version.

  9. I loved all the photos, Derrick and Jackie. Those forest foals are growing into those long legs! The owl carving is striking. People do that here a lot, the chainsaw art. There is an eagle one in town, and a Sasquatch at the other end of town. I bet Aaron could make Jackie an owl.

  10. i hope the ponies are not too bothered by those flies. delightful photos as always. i think Aaron will have an owl project soon ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. I am left in no doubt of the old cypress tree in your garden being reincarnated into a larger than life owl with an oversight of the land underneath! Jackie does seem fascinated enough.

  12. The owl carving reminds me whether you ever had any luck tracking where John Brady’s timber sculpture of Don Bradman ended up. You may remember he competed at Sandringham estate or the Queenโ€™s estate in around 2005 and it was subsequently auctioned off.

  13. Ik kom vlug naar Engeland, be In love with the horses and the old beautiful forest … Oh, wat is het daar geweldig mooi … Waar is het? Were have I B&B with the horses … Ik ben helemaal gek geworden! Liefs from Amsterdam, 24 juli 2020, 11.05 uur … * Hollandse tijd … * http://www.friedabblog.wordpress.com *
    – Ik wilde op me blog ook wat meer van Amsterdam laten zien …

  14. Wowza, what an owl! I understand your envy, Jackie! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Ha! I’d like to hear what Aaron would say when asked if he could replicate it for you on your cypress tree. He might say, “Hoo Hoo Hoo do you think you’re foolin’! I’m not attempting that!” Ha! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Makes me think of a Michelangelo quote about every block of marble having something inside waiting to be set free.
    Might be surprised what is waiting to be released from your cypress. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Oh, to see all the flies pestering those sweet faces makes me sad. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ They certainly look to be patient.
    (((HUGS))) ๐Ÿ™‚

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