Sunday 17th September to Saturday 23rd September 2017
Well it’s been another week with few days when I’ve taken photos. The reason has been not very good weather combined with, dare I say it, a lack of things to photograph. That is a terrible thing for someone who professes to be a photographer to say, I know, but it’s that time of year when summer is over, autumn hasn’t yet begun and everything is a bit tired and dirty looking. I can’t even find any fungi to photograph this year!
So on Monday, although I took the camera over Upton Heath, I didn’t really think the couple of photos I took were up to much. Tuesday, though, I had another go at taking Teddy out to Badbury Rings (you may recall last week’s aborted attempt where he whined so much in the car). Well he whined today too, but nowhere near as much so we actually made it to our destination.
It started really well for Teddy: he met a 9 month old GSD and they had a great run chasing each other. So Teddy was tired when we headed up the hill to the north of the Rings. As you can see, the harvesting is pretty much over.
And the Old Man’s Beard is living up to its name.
I quite like this shot of the seedheads against the blue sky.
Rather than walk all round the back of the Old Oak Wood today I cut across the front as Teddy was quite tired. Which meant that I got this photo of one of the old, fallen oak trees.
Here’s a slightly different view of Kings Down Farm.
And one of it nestled between the hills.
Walking back up the hill towards the Rings there were more seedheads. I’m quite pleased with these photos.
And we came across another Red Admiral Butterfly.
We walked round through High Wood where I was taken by the effect of the water droplets on this sycamore sapling.
And then we walked on back round to the Rings. They seem to have removed the cows from Rings, no doubt in preparation for putting the sheep in there, so today for the first time I let Teddy stay off the lead as we walked back to the car. Here he’s trying to escape from the photo.
And here’s another photo of him trotting along.
And lastly from our visit to Badbury Rings, a lovely little scabacious flower.
On Wednesday morning I went to visit my Dad, and then in the afternoon I took Teddy over to Canford Heath. As you can see he was very pleased to be out on his walk.
There was a lot of cloud around, as you can see from this view across to the old tip, but it was surprisingly mild and for once we didn’t get wet.
And here’s Teddy again on South Walk.
On Saturday I took Teddy on a long walk all around Upton Heath. I thought we’d go there again before the paths get too wet and muddy and as Teddy can be off-lead this time. We started by going up the Roman Road as usual, where the sweet chestnuts are starting to fall. Max would have been so happy. He loved hunting for sweet chestnuts.
We walked out onto the heath, up to the Viewpoint and then headed to the path below the tip. On one of the boardwalks a Common Darter landed in front of us.
Further on round, under some trees, I found these boletus fungi.
Over near the Upton Bypass we met the cows and Teddy had to go over and investigate one that was lying down (no photo though, I’m afraid). And then we found this pretty little Common Centuary.
We turned onto the lower heath and I was surprised to find this Cauliflower fungus (surprised as I have never come across one on Upton Heath before).
And lastly for this week, a portrait of Teddy, taken on the boardwalk.