Against the Odds: WordPress Photo Challenge. Roe deer.

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So – I’m out with the Daisy dog (a retired racing greyhound) in what I have christened the magical valley. Not a very original name and I really must come up with something more imaginative. I can guarantee that I will spot something rather special when I amble down to it… through the glorious, thick mud at the moment.

Just a few of the things on my spotted whilst walking in the magical valley  are:

  • Goshawk
  • Red Kite
  • Barn owl
  • Kestrel
  • Hare… one – the size of a small dog
  • Rabbit
  • Rat
  • Pheasant
  • Deer
  • Buzzard

And a cast of thousands.

Back to the subject in question… Against the Odds, which is this week’s topic for the WordPress photo challenge https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/against-the-odds/

As the Daisy dog and I stand in the valley I spot two female roe deer in the trees, just above us. I scramble for my phone, with said dog straining on her lead to sniff at yet another blade of grass. I have to quickly delete some images as I’ve rather cleverly filled up the memory. ( What really?  Now of all times?) I wholeheartedly expect the deer, who are well aware of our presence, to move on at any moment. They don’t and I manage to get some shots… of their bottoms (white)

Does my white bum look big in this?
Does my white bum look big in this?

and their heads… seemingly growing out of the trees.

An unusual tree.
An unusual tree.

I curse the fact that I haven’t got my proper camera with me ( better zoom), but hey … I’ve managed to grab some shots of them.

On cue, they bound off over the hill and the Daisy dog and I amble back home. Inside I’m skipping and doing cartwheels!

I’d say the chances of me getting any shots of those two beautiful animals was Against the Odds!

If you want to check out the other entries for this challenge, just click on the link above.

Thanks for dropping by.

Dorne x

 

Solitude: WordPress challenge.

 

The folk at WordPress are asking us to give them our definition of solitude, for this week’s challenge https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/solitude/

Here’s my take on it.

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I value time spent alone, with my own thoughts. I guess I’m lucky in that I can find my solitude in a room full of people, or a busy environment, if I choose to. I just retreat into myself. Quite literally in a world of my own.

But, to get myself a really big dose of solitude – nature is my addiction.

 

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Whether I have an hour to roam around, or a snatched five minutes, nature works her magic every time with me.

Solitude to me is that sense of truly being connected to your body, soul and mind. The three can so often be off in different directions. To fuse them together brings with it a sense of solitude and peace. A heightened sense of just being… a pretty cool fix, I think.

We enter this world by ourselves. We live alone with our thoughts and we depart this world by ourselves.

Solitude is a gift.

I’m looking forward to seeing what other folk come up with… click on the above link to see for yourself.

Thanks for dropping by.

Dorne x

 

 

Morning coffee: with a few starlings.

 

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This is a post borrowed from my other blog. As you may know I am working on combining the two on here.  I thought that these two videos deserved another airing and they’re perfect to watch with a mug of morning coffee. Enjoy!

The starling: a beautiful (look at his colours) and very clever bird in his own right. But, put him with a few friends in the fall and they can do this:

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Unbelievable indeed. Quite how and why they do this seems to be a bit of a mystery. But, sometimes it makes nature’s spectacles all the more magnificent, when we don’t have all of the answers and we can just observe things like this…through child-like, wondrous eyes. We don’t know everything and that is okay.

It is one of my dreams to film a display like this one day. If I ever manage it, I will post it on here…I won’t be able to help myself.

Nature at its most amazing.

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Found on moonandtrees.tumblr.com

 

Thanks for visiting and have a great day

Until the next time.

Dorne x