Woodland Ponies

On this first dry day for a while I was able to tramp among ponies

reappearing in the woodland, through which the sun occasionally filtered, dappling the trees. Recent rains have kept the mossy roots shining bright. The tepees of branches are human structures for the benefit of insects and other wildlife.

This evening we all dined on racks of spare ribs in barbecue sauce on a bed of Jackie’s colourful savoury rice, with tender runner beans, with which she drank Hoegaarden and I finished the shiraz.


  1. Glad you are getting some dry weather and a little sunshine, Derrick and Jackie! I enjoyed seeing the ponies again, and like the tepee structures, too. That is a good idea, building small strictures for animals and insects.

    1. We have to remember that they are wild and should not be touched or fed. Thanks very much, John

  2. Great shots of the ponies — and thank you for the explanation about the tepees! The mossy tree root (#7) reminds me of the back of a dog ready to pounce!

  3. YAY for a dry day to tramp with the ponies! Gorgeous photos! So everyone’s shoes stayed dry and mudless! 🙂 The moss is verdantly bright! The woodland ponies pretty! And the teepees are terrific!
    (((HUGS))) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  4. Your lovely photo of ‘Pony in the Woodland’ reminded so much of my “White Pony” poem I wrote about a photo of yours from a few years ago Derrick …

    “White Pony”
    If I were to be reincarnated
    I’m sure I’d be a tall white pony
    A flashy show-jumping horse
    Who knows his arduous course?
    Hurdling coloured bars
    And clearing hard brush fences
    A swimmer, I’ve always been
    So, the perilous water hazard
    Would be a simple breeze
    A shadow passed over, with ease
    As my reflection in the pond
    Magically vanished under my rider’s wand
    Turning sharply on the pitch
    Nearing the finishing stretch
    I see more obstacles ahead
    The doubles and triples, I dread
    Without fear, forward I bound
    Up, over and gliding down
    My red-haired rider, she’s blushing and proud
    Hearing loud applause, we bow to the crowd

  5. I laughed when I saw that mossy root. My first thought was, “See? That’s what happens when life keeps us from getting out and about as we’d like!” It’s good to see that you’re doing a bit of tramping now.

  6. I’ve missed the ponies and would love to tramp among them, so I enjoyed these photos very much. The hollow tree is interesting, and the mossy tree roots look like a giant foot of a bird or dinosaur…. I looked at that again, and of course saw a face.

  7. These dry few days and milder temperatures have been welcomed by me. I hope they continue down your way too.
    The pony images are really lovely.

  8. I see the practice of putting limbs around a tree trunk is done there too.. I do it here because I pick up the walking branches that people leave in the parking lot and I stack them around a tree near the garbage bins.. I have much like your picture there now.. from doing it over the years.. but.. don’t know why other people do it, do you?

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