Further Along Forest Road

Today there was still a chill in the air, which became more overcast with sunny periods as it went on.

After lunch we drove into the forest. As so often on a dull day we thought we may not find much of photographic interest, until the sun and

our little group of equine friends found beside the stream at the junction of Chapel Lane and Forest Road took pity on us.

The rippling stream bore reflections;

The trees through which the assorted ponies could be viewed bore moss and lichen;

the ground underfoot bore celandines, dandelions, violets, and daisies.

More reflections and water crowfoot (buttercups) adorned the pool further along Forest Road, beyond which

I gazed across the layered landscape.

This evening we enjoyed breaded mushrooms with Jackie’s hot and spicy pasta arrabbiata and tender runner beans, with which she drank Hoegaarden and I partook of Mendoza El Tesoro Red Blend 2019.


  1. Another beautiful set of photos Derrick, the ponies are so cute too. The spicy pasta arrabbiata sounds so good, your wife is amazing! ???

  2. This is a delightful look at your surroundings: the ponies are pretty, the ripples and reflections are really good, and I enjoy the layered landscape.

  3. Daisies are so absolutely and so simply beautiful!
    Your images of the water and reflections, and the final two landscape images look like paintings – such wonderfully iconic scenes!

  4. The ponies are always so sweet, Derrick. Do they get human interaction? Do you know if they are taken somewhere at times and tended to? Or are they fully wild animals?

    1. They are all owned by commoners with ancient pasturage rights, so they roam free but generally stay in their own areas. We see this group along the road sometimes. We suspect they receive some attention from the household beside the fence. All the ponies are rounded up once a year for a health check. Thanks very much, Jodie

  5. OH! What a beautiful day in nature! Nature’s layered landscapes are so breath-taking…and the laying of colours, too! 🙂
    Your water shots, your flower shots, and your ponies’ shots are all spectacular! 🙂
    And I love seeing the trees adorned with their lichen and moss coats! So fashionable! 😀
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

  6. “Rippling Stream” is so beautiful. I love the photographs with reflections. You can get lost in them, trying to work out what they are reflections of.

  7. What a joy to read several of your posts at once and catch up with you, Derrick. I find both the gardening and day trips/drives so interesting and I should probably reread Dickens too.
    Thank you for sharing and regards to you, Lady J and family.

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