Avian Camouflage

This afternoon of an overcast day, slowly brightening with brief sunny periods we visited Ferndene Farm Shop to purchase salad items, eggs, and vegetables to accompany this evening’s second sitting of Jackie’s excellent cottage pie. These were carrots, cauliflower, and beans which would be cooked to perfection, and accompanied by Hoegaarden and more of the Malbec, consumed by the usual suspects.

Before we could properly leave Downton, we followed a pleasant equestrienne pair to Silver Street and a couple of defensive cyclists ensuring we could not safely pass them along Vaggs Lane.

Jackie parked at Smugglers Road Car Park from where I wandered among the woodland photographing bracken, gorse, landscape, and the the gently overcast sky.

As requested, I kept to the main tracks, created by ponies. The amount of dog shit littered about suggested that some dog owners had also done so. As we were about to leave, two people, each with a pair of dogs, neither carrying poop bags set off to empty their animals. The man’s charges were immediately let off the lead.

Earlier, a pair of goldfinches had sought camouflage among the gorse.

While she waited, Jackie produced her own images of gorse.

On our departure, another pair of equestriennes gently ambled up the slopes.

At least the person emptying their dog at Abbots Well had the questionable decency to leave the results of the defecation in a poop bag, which did not faze the grazing pony.

Here, the clouds were parting a little more as I looked down on the landscape from the bordering woodland with its fallen trees, mossy roots, and little dog-tooth violets.

The aforementioned delicious dinner nicely rounded off the day.

Published by derrickjknight

I am a septuagenarian 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

68 thoughts on “Avian Camouflage

  1. Irresponsible behavior of some dog owners is very sad.
    I like the composition of the cloud parting photo of the last set, with its triangle of tree branches in the bottom right corner. Very effective, Derrick.

  2. Some dog owners are irresponsible…worldwide. Nothing worse than stepping in something and unable to remove it without smearing it everywhere.

    Moving on now to more pleasant topics. I love the landscape no matter what time of year.

    1. I’m pleased you like the landscapes, Chrissy. The main thing about the dog mess is its danger to children. That’s why I feature it occasionally. Thank you very much.

  3. I volunteered at the Tide Pools at Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego. The tide pools trail was the only place dogs were allowed to be out of the car. People were supposed to clean up after their dogs. One woman had her nasty little dog defecate right by our main sign while I was busy with somebody else. They also smoked in the park, throwing butts everywhere. Of course, smoking wasn’t allowed.

  4. I volunteered at the Tide Pools at Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego. The tide pools trail was the only place dogs were allowed to be out of the car. People were supposed to clean up after their dogs. One woman had her nasty little dog defecate right by our main sign while I was busy with somebody else. They also smoked in the park, throwing butts everywhere. Of course, smoking wasn’t allowed.

  5. Gorgeous photos, Jackie and Derrick! πŸ™‚
    I love seeing that sign to remind people not to disturb the birds and their babies. Such an important thing we can do for them.
    Love, always, your sky photos and your tree photos!
    Those little violets are like finding a treasure! πŸ™‚
    Oh, weird and not nice people not cleaning up their doggie’s poohs…and then to leave a bag of pooh…even weirder. That poor horse is thinking, “What’s that awful smell!” πŸ˜‰
    Reminds me of taking a group of school children to a pig farm AND then a dairy farm in the same day. I was sure the cows were offended when we walked in smelling like Eau De Par-Porcine. πŸ˜›
    (((HUGS))) πŸ™‚

  6. good eye, Derrick! the yellow-flowered shrub and camouflaged Goldfinches make up a lovely picture. beautiful photos as always πŸ™‚

  7. I’m sorry you had to see the dog poop… and the bag of poop. That’s so crazy and inexcusable. Your photos are beautiful! I like the effect of the gray blurry background with the crisp foreground. I especially like the layers in the first woodland scene with the misty background.

  8. A beautiful selection of photos from you and Jackie! Seems you had dramatic skies along with a bit of sun here and there. The gorse is so beautiful!

    The dog poop problem seems to be the same everywhere. Even the bag left behind is something one might well see here. People don’t realize that worms other parasites can be spread to other dogs this way.

  9. In Cornwall dog owners are well on the way to wrecking a nature reserve near Hayle which caters for plants capable of living in a low mineral, very poor soil. The dog poo breaks down and adds a huge variety of minerals to the soil and the purpose of the reserve is thereby completely defeated.

  10. I love the header photo of the goldfinches perched in the gorse! My favorite out of the group has to be the first Woodland scene. As soon as I opened it up, I found myself standing there with the soft earth beneath my feet inhaling the redolent smells of the woods. Bravo!

  11. How I love goldfinches. They have returned to our birdfeeder after leaving for the winter (I don’t blame them) and can’t camouflage in any way. They are bright yellow against the brown seed and always so cheerful! Irresponsible dog owners make me the opposite of cheerful. Fascinating to me that in both of our countries, dog owners pick up their dog’s poop in a bag and then leave the bag on the ground! Nonsense the world over, it seems.

  12. I agree with Andrew.
    It’s disgusting to leave behind dog mess with or without a bag. I imagine it’s because the dog owner dislikes the ‘inconvenience’ of carrying around the bag of poop.

    Perhaps the pet shops should begin selling small back packs for dogs designed especially for carrying their own dog poop bags to the nearest bin. 😁

  13. A beautiful post Derrick! The black horse is really beautiful. You would think if they took the time to bag it up that they would take it along and dispose of it! Very thought less!

  14. I love the bright gorse against the dark clouds.
    That’s horrible about the irresponsible dog owners. There’s no way they can not know that they’re supposed to clean up after their pets.
    Lovely about the farm fresh food. I’m waiting for farm stands around here to reopen.

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