Photo Blog Week 79 - Wed 16 September 2015It was an odd day for me this week as this may be my last regular patrol so I was delighted that the weather chose to be kind. After all my breaks in photography over the last few weeks for holidays, forgotten cameras and atrocious weather I took more than 150 today and they proved challenging to edit down, especially a lot of autumn colour and red deer shots.
Red and yellow colours are appearing in the tree canopies, plants are turning to seed and autumn is clearly approaching. Being a nice day there were a good number of people enjoying the open spaces but after the school holidays there is a peaceful air about the place. I love it when it's full of kids but contrast is the spice of life. The males of both types of deer, fallow and red, are now fully antlered and bulking up muscles as the rut approaches. It is over these next few weeks that they are at their most impressive.
FutureStarting next week, I have been given the opportunity for a trial with the Dry Stone Walling team for 3 months. Those of you who follow this blog will know that it is a subject which I regularly revisit. I attended an introductory weekend course in 2008 which, though it hasn't given me the skills which take practice to develop, it has given me the ability to bore for Britain given 10 minutes to talk.
I am hoping to continue my Patrolling role but on a more irregular basis and on a different day of the week as the Wallers also work Wednesday. I'll have to see how things pan out for the blog but keep an eye out for new posts some of which may be walling biased.
Tractor rideThe day oddly started with a ride in the Ranger's tractor.
route: Car Park
Red Deer SanctuaryPublic access is not permitted to this area; the clue is in the word 'sanctuary'. It is where the deer can go to be undisturbed, especially important when the calves are very young when their mothers disappear with them into dips in the terrain to become invisible.
I needed to inspect a section of wall inside the sanctuary so was treated to an unusual view from deep inside.
Step StileRemember that piece of stone loaded into the tractor bucket at the beginning of the day? Well, here it is again but now it is installed as the top step of this stile which the walling team are rebuilding.
High MoorThe highest area of the Park is the path from the top of Lantern Wood to Bowstonegate Farm entrance. Along here the views down and aside are stunning.
Red DeerFor completion of the day, all that was needed was some Red Deer Stags and passing the archery field with is soft green cultivated grass came across these invaders.
Total: 7.98 miles (12.84 km) 5 hr 30 min
This Time Last Year
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