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I haven’t been going too far in the last couple of weeks, only out and about on my morning walks with Tilly. I wake up at around 5.30am and take a look out of the bedroom window to see what the weather is doing; we have had quite a mixture in the last little while, some grey days, rainy, sunny and misty and it’s not always as the weather forecasters have predicted. When I’ve checked the weather it’s then I decide on which walk Tilly and I will do, if it’s misty I like to get above it, if it’s grey just a walk up the North Dorset trailway and hope to see some wildlife.

I never know what I am going to see and one morning a Frog crossed our path when we got out in the lane close to home, he stayed still for a quick snap and went on his way.

Hare
Hare

Another time I was crossing the Manor field towards Hambledon Hill and I spotted what I thought was a Hare, I didn’t believe it until I checked the image when I got home. I saw two up on Ringmoor a little while ago but to see one so close to the village was really exciting.

Horse and Rabbit!
Horse and Rabbit!

As always I take pictures of a variety of subjects, I was taking a picture of this horse and suddenly a Rabbit decided to run in front of him, what a pain!

I liked this view of the horses with the morning light on them and a misty Hambledon Hill in the background.


One day was misty but I was later than usual as I rescued a little dog on the road at about 6.00am, I had to sort it out before I went on my walk luckily a neighbour knew where she belonged. It was lucky that the mist lingered a little and it was quite beautiful looking over Shroton Lines from Hambledon Hill especially with the flock of Rooks in front.

Shroton Lines from Hambledon hill
Shroton Lines from Hambledon hill

Another walk we enjoy is walking up to the Farrington road there are some nice views on the walk of Hambledon hill.

View of Hambledon hill from the Farrington road
View of Hambledon hill from the Farrington road
Buzzard
Buzzard

As always I am looking for wildlife I have seen a few foxes about on our different walks and a couple when I haven’t had a camera which is very annoying! The Buzzard was sitting on the Oak tree root in a field and I managed a picture before he flew off.

Another encounter was these two Roe deer at around 6.00am, we were crossing the field near the River Stour when these two popped out of the woods and when I got home and looked at the image on my computer I realised it was a buck pursuing a female. I thought it was early for the rut but a little research on the internet I found that Roe deer rut between mid July and August. They had no idea we were watching them.

Roe buck chasing doe
Roe buck chasing doe

You really know the season is moving on when all the fruits are forming and ripening, the Ash tree below is covered in keys and I have even spotted ripe Blackberries, although when I tried one it was a bit sour!

Ash keys
Ash keys
View of early morning light from the Haines-Wilson bridge Shillingstone
View of early morning light from the Haines-Wilson bridge Shillingstone

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