The garden is under control, although as always still plenty to do but it’s time to get out and about with my camera. We were hoping to get away in our caravan but as soon as we bought it and prepared it the weather has been awful. We would rather have a bit of nice weather as we will take the dogs and there is nothing worse than sharing a caravan with wet soggy dogs!

Anyway I’m trying to get out about locally, going a little farther than my morning walks and taking my camera in the afternoon, but not worrying if I don’t get any pictures! It’s not always the best time to take pictures particularly landscapes but I never know what I am going to see and will be doing it for enjoyment if a good picture comes along then great but if not I’m not worried. The winter has been so long I feel quite unfit and need to build myself up so I can go much further afield.

Home-Shillingstone-Melways lane-Home

My first trip out was a walk down to the Trailway and back to Child Okeford via the Haines Wilson bridge and over to Melways lane. It was a bit changeable and raining a little but then the sun came out and I just enjoyed the landscape, passing by Shillingstone station, there is always something different to see they have really brought it back to life.

Shillingstone Station, Dorset
Shillingstone Station, Dorset

Settings: 1/320 ƒ/8 ISO 200 Sigma 10-20mm wide angle lens at 10 mm

I can remember travelling along this line in the 60’s and staying with my friend in Shillingstone for the weekend. It’s a shame Dr Beeching closed it down.

I stopped along the trailway the view to Hambledon Hill was as always impressive but I can never rest another photo!

Hambledon hill with the Haines Wilson bridge
Hambledon hill with the Haines Wilson bridge (click on picture for a link to flickr)

Settings: 1/640ƒ/8 ISO 200 Sigma 10-20mm wide angle lens at 16 mm

I carried my wide angle lens which was ideal to take the station and the view of the hill to get everything in.

Home-Bere Marsh Farm-New Cross-Home

My next walk was going along the Trailway for a short way in the opposite direction and then turning left from the trailway and heading left under an old railway bridge, this footpath takes you to New Cross on the A357. I decided to take just my 50mm prime lens for a change of course as always I wished I had my zoom lens with me and although the landscape was lovely it was the wildlife I saw on the walk which was the highlight. As I walked down towards Bere Marsh Farm I could hear the cuckoo, we haven’t heard much of him yet this spring. As I walked past the farm the Cuckoo came out of the trees and flew across in front of me which I enjoyed. I then looked into the old barn along the route to see if there were signs of the Barn owl not expecting to see 2 or it could have been 3 badger cubs peeking out of there burrow. They didn’t know I was there but shortly disappeared out of view.

Badger cubs
Badger cubs

I managed to stop my camera down to f2.8 and just captured them, not a good picture but a good memory for me.

I then turned up towards New Cross and I was pleased to see a Lapwing in the middle of a corn field, hopefully they are nesting there, we don’t get as many round here as we used to. I enjoyed the rest of my walk and I came back the same way and once I got to the top of New Cross I enjoyed the view as I walked back down. I must get up here at sunrise or sunset and possibly try a panorama I think.

View from New Cross
View from New Cross

Settings: 1/250 ƒ/11 -0.67 exp.comp ISO 200 50 mm

Towards Hambledon Hill
Towards Hambledon Hill

Settings: 1/320 ƒ/11 -0.33 exp.comp ISO 200 50 mm

Time then to head home for a nice cup of tea but just time to take an image of family of goats at Bere Marsh farm, there is quite a herd of them.

Goat family
Goat family

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