A very blustery day

Thursday 10th October 2013

The sun was shining onto the bed this morning, and Jez decided that she’d rather stay there and soak up the Autumn rays than come for a walk with Max and I, so it was just the two of us that headed out to Badbury Rings. The kind people at Dorset Dogs had warned us that the sheep are grazing on the Rings now, rather than the cattle, so I was prepared and on the lookout for them. Fortunately when we arrived they were all huddled in the lea of the bushes near the main road. They were the sensible ones. When Max and I got out of the car and headed north for our walk, we were nearly blown away.

My first photo today is a slightly different shot – it’s of the gate as you leave the Rings on the bridleway heading north.

Gate

I took loads of photos today, so I’ll try and limit them a bit, but if you want to see all of them just head on over to my Flickr account (click on the Flickr stream to the right of your screen) and take a look.

So, heading up the hill, the Old Man’s Beard (Clematis vitalba) was looking lovely.

Old Man's Beard (Clematis vitalba)

In an old oak trunck near The Oaks wood I found this lovely Beefsteak fungi (Fistulina hepatica).

Beefsteak Fungus (Fistulina hepatica)

Back in the open countryside, we found a large number of crab apples on the ground alongside The Oaks, so clearly it’s not only oak trees that grow in the wood.

Max in the windfall crab apples

As we turned the corner to head back towards Kings Down Farm we saw the farmer out planting a new crop – there is a tractor at the top of that field, honest! I was waiting to get another shot as he came back closer to us, but a woman (his wife?) drove up and parked in the gateway – very inconsiderate.

Planting

An arty shot now – of the barn at Kings Down Farm.

Barn, Kings Down Farm

Moving on, this is the field next to the farm where the younger cattle tend to graze.

Sunlight and Shadows on Kings Down Farm

And Max wandering into a field which has a new growth of a winter crop.

Winter crop (and Max)

This is the same field, and I managed to take a photo of the tramlines in the crop just at the right time to catch them leading straight to this little puffy cloud.

Tramlines to a lone cloud

And so onto High Woods, where I was searching for fungi. There weren’t that many, but this mottle sycamore leaf caught my eye.

Mottled Leaf

As did the sunlight on these sycamore leaves.

Sun and shade

I did find some fungi though. Firstly a common puff ball (Lycoperdon periatum).

Common Puff Ball (Lycoperdon perlatum)

What I think is a Jersey Cow Boletus (Suillus bovinus).

Jersey Cow Boletus (Suillus bovinus)

These Lumpy Bracket fungi (Trametes gibosa)

Possibly Lumpy Bracket fungi (Trametes gibbosa)

And these bracket fungi of the Ganoderma family.

Bracket fungus of the Ganoderma family

As well as fungi, we also saw a couple of butterflies on our walk today. There was a Comma…

Comma Butterfly

and a Red Admiral.

Red Admiral

I’ll leave you with a final shot of the sheep, by now out from under the hedge and grazing around the Rings.

Sheep grazing on Badbury Rings

I hope you enjoyed our walk today.

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