On a bright, fresh, and crisp morning we took a drive into the forest. Slanting sunshine set the thawing frost glistening and lengthened shadows.
We tried a visit to Tanner’s Lane. This meant driving between rows of parked vehicles with no turning space. I walked while Jackie turned back.
We had imagined this little hidden beach would be safe enough. No such luck.
This was the only group keeping some distance from others on the sand and shingle.
There were other dogs, one in the water with three hardy humans.
I was not inclined to linger.
We continued to Sowley Lane where I was next decanted.
Some oak leaves dallied on gnarled limbs; others, grounded, glistened with dew drops; holly prickles had broken one’s fall.
Two men in a boat discussed their best fishing spot.
We stopped for a look at Buckler’s Hard,
where a robin drew our attention to the parking restrictions.
As we passed Beaulieu Mill Pond I spotted a pair of long necked log peacocks on the far bank.
Jackie parked and I walked back past the border of reeds to photograph them.
On the way there I managed to get all my ducks in a row.
Down a bank along Lymington Road a solitary donkey enjoyed a breakfast of spiky thistles.
Ponies preferred grass
or languorous cogitation of the thawing frost in the hazy sunshine.
In her Modus Jackie aroused the attention of an inquisitive field horse which she photographed along with
golden silver birches and glistening white terrain.
This evening we dined on Mr Chan’s Hordle Chinese Take Away’s fine fare with which Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I drank more of the Coonawarra which involved opening another bottle.
Freshwater swimming seems to be the thing to do just now – I wish I could say I understood…
The hazy sunshine is giving those beautiful ponies a much warmer glow!
Thanks very much, Emma. Standing in cold water seems even less understandable. 🙂
I truly appreciate the array of black and whites, especially the opening ones, with the silhouettes of man with his dog between parked vehicles. The golden oak leaves certainly benefit from being captured in color, though, and so do the moored boats. And aren’t you lucky the ducks posed for you, Derrick?
I’m pleased you liked the black and whites. And the way the ducks parted and lined up was indeed lucky, Dolly. Thanks a lot
You are very welcome, Derrick.
I love your shots of the gnarly oak trees, and those of the fallen oak leaves. And the log peacocks are wonderful, too!
Thanks very much, Janet
Lovely captures Derrick. The light is super!
Isn’t it?! Thanks a lot, Val
The best time of year for that ❤️
My first taste of this post was a laugh. I knew the title and then saw the header photo. So fun! I also laughed at the “long necked log peacocks”. I’ve never seen them here in the US, although I suspect I could find some if I looked hard enough.
I loved your animal photos, as always – and Jackie’s picture of the white horse framed by the colorful bushes and foliage was just stunning.
So pleased to have given you a laugh, Jodie. I agree entirely about Jackie’s horse pic. Thanks very much.
My favorite is Jackie’s white horse. I love the colors and composition. The doggie paddler is a close second.
I agree entirely – especially the composition. Thanks a lot, Liz
You’re welcome, Derrick.
So many beautiful photos and your usual wry prose (I am imagining you being poured like wine from the car now). ?
The black and white images are striking. I also like the oak leaves on the tree and Jackie’s white horse.
Thank you so much, Merril. I am pleased to provide you with a mental image 🙂
The backlit ponies were very good. The sea bathers made me feel very chilly.
Thanks a lot, Tootlepedal. Me, too
I do enjoy the black & white photos amid the ones in color, too. The sea bathers and their dog are a hardy lot, for sure! I love these forest drives you and Jackie take your readers on.
Im so pleased you like them, Lavinia. We are so lucky. Thank you very much.
Beautiful shots today, Derrick. I love Jackie’s white horse.
That is a well deserved favourite, Jill. Thank’s very much
Hi Derrick – I love that little robin. It looks like it belongs in that spot!
I expect its does, Barbara. Two cyclists came by and it was off, but I bet not for long. Thanks very much.
Wonderful photos! I especially liked the gold leaf with light shining through, the sturdiness of your ponies, and Jackie’s lovely photo of the inquisitive field horse so beautifully framed by foliage.
Thank you very much, JoAnna. It was a good morning for it. I agree about the framing of Jackie’s picture.
I didn’t realize how much I missed your little robin until I saw the photo here. I do hope Nugget returns — have you had a sight of him?
Afraid we have no sight of him or any of his offspring. Not many other small birds either, Linda. Thanks very much for asking.
Lots of beautiful pictures.
Thanks a lot, Mrs W
A lovely sense of calm is portrayed in your photographs. I empathise with your need to find uncrowded spots in which to enjoy the open air. Sadly, where I live has become a ‘hot spot’ for the pandemic that continues to ebb and flow its way around the country. I attended a well socially distanced historical function yesterday out in the bright sunshine – seeing people I haven’t set eyes on for nearly a year, all masked, and many wearing hats and dark glasses. It made me realise how our social contacts have shrunk since March. Your photographs provide a much needed sense of space and an appreciation of the timelessness of nature. Thank you for that.
And thank you, Anne, for your close reading and sensitive comments. May we all stay well.
All my ducks were asleep this morning ?
Thanks very much, Sylvie
Always good to get your ducks in a row. 😉 Usually I am drawn to the pictures of horses, but those leaf pictures are beautiful.
Thanks very much, Laurie
I love the Robin…
Thanks very much, Catherine. We had one called Nugget who was very friendly. He hasn’t come back from his summer in the woods this year. He features in many earlier posts.
Ahhh.. “Ducks on the Pond” gave me a wry smile Derrick… it’s an Aussie saying, that maybe you know…
I hadn’t known it, Ivor. Now I do, and in googling it I found this: https://youtu.be/JFLV9wVmAzI by a band I used to like a lot. Thanks a lot.
Beautiful photos Derrick! Oh my, those people in the water…brrr….?
Brrr, indeed, Robina. Thanks very much.
I could neither swim not stand and wait patiently for the fish in the cold water, I would probably die of shock!
Beautiful images all around.
Nor me, Sue. Thanks very much.
What a beautiful day, especially the peacocks, which I initially thought were cranes.
Perhaps that’s what they were, John. Thanks very much.
Hardy humans in a row AND ducks in a row! But brr, indeed, indeed! 😮 ? Bet the ducks are more suited for it! 😉 ?
Love the doggie swimming!
Aw, a robin! Makes me think about Nugget and his family!
Love that lone little donkey dining!
All beautiful photos…and, oh, your silhouettes are gorgeous!
Thank you so much for your usual witty and observant comments, Carolyn. Still no robins in the garden, but some in the forest. X
I like the peacocks – good spot!
Thanks a lot, Andrew. Not easy to park there, but worth walking back to.
Stunning array of photos
Thanks a lot, Sheree
What a beautiful day, and still so many leaves on the trees for almost-December!
Thanks very much, Judy
I almost had to look up “long necked log peacocks.” Then my eyes adjusted and I got it. ? I don’t think I would’ve been inclined to swim in November, or even wade. Those folks sure were hardy! Looks like a lovely afternoon.
Thanks very much, Cheryl. I’m pleased you didn’t have to google the peacocks. I’d say wading would have been more chilly than swimming 🙂
All the of the photos are brilliant but I very much love the photograph of the tree branches and the remaining orange and red autumn leaves! ?
Thank you very much, Beck
I was a bit concerned to see those two men standing up in the boat. I hope they didn’t make any sudden moves, otherwise their decided route would likely be a wet one. Love the log peacocks. 😀
Thank you so much, Sylvia. They did sit down and recommence rowing 🙂
You have a typo. You said hardy, but I think you meant crazy!!!!! Oh my, that looks so cold. How can animals stand it all day long?
🙂 Good point about the bathers, Luanne. The animals grow a thicker coat – and it wasn’t as cold as it looked
The panoramic expanse of the post is equivalent to a feast. The array of beautiful photographs is accompanied by a lyrical sweep of narration. The symmetry of the ducks in a row is cute. Jackie’s picture towards the end will pop up with a slight tweak of the curve in ‘S’ like pattern in an image editor.
Thank you so much for relishing this, Uma – as I do your comments.
Lovely gallery. There is still some autumn colous left in the forest.
Thanks very much, Rupali
Wow, it has been frosty in your neck of the woods.
Gorgeous photographs of the horses as always.
Thank yo so much, Melanie X
Long neck peacocks? Did you have your Coonawarra before or after you took this photo?
🙂 Good thought, Chrissy. Thanks very much.