It Turns cold

Sunday 10th to Saturday 16th December 2017

On Sunday Teddy and I walked on Canford Heath. It was dull and miserable, so I didn’t take the camera. I did take this photo of Teddy resting after his walk when we got home though.

Teddy resting after his walk

He’s a funny dog. Amongst other things he has a strange idea about what makes a good pillow.

Well that's a strange pillow

Tuesday was cold and icy, and I took the better camera when we walked on Canford Heath. As we walked past the scuzzy pond near the Gravel Hill entrance I was taken by the sunlight on the trees and ice.

Sunlight and ice

Here’s Teddy backlit by the sun.

Teddy in the sunshine

And a colour photo of the trees that I shared last week in black and white.

Alongside the pit lane

And a different black and white one of them.

Trees in black and white

Out on the heath the puddles were frozen solid in pretty patterns.

Ice 1

Ice 2

We walked across the heath in front of the old pit, and then into the woods on the other side, where I loved the effect of the sunlight through the trees.

Winter sunlight through the trees

In the trees there was a huge birch bracket fungus. Although I took a photo of it last week, this one is better.

Birch bracket fungus

We turned back across the heath where I took this photo of Teddy by one of the frozen puddles.

Teddy on a cold heath

He was having a lot of trouble with that ice. He’s race off and then hit a frozen puddle and legs would go in all directions. And either playing on the ice or playing with dogs earlier he managed to cut his back leg. It has taken ages to heal as he kept opening it up, but is just about better now.

On Saturday we went over to Upton Heath as normal. It was still very cold but the skies were good again.

Sundown over Upton Heath

And so we head towards the Winter Solstice and Christmas.

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Playing with black and white

Sunday 3rd December to Saturday 9th September 2017

Before you get too worried if you’re not a fan of black and white, there are colour photos in here too, but this week I have been watching a course on black and white photography on Lynda.com so have been practicing.

The first photo is in colour, though, and is of a piece of bark which caught my eye when Teddy and I walked on Canford Heath on Sunday afternoon.

Coloured bark

Up on South Walk Teddy was posing for me.

Teddy posing

He even sat down – something that’s very rare.

Teddy sitting down (a rare occurence - he doesn't sit)

As usual, though, it was only as a prelude to lying down, as you can see (he didn’t even want to play with the little cockerpoo).

Teddy goes to lie down but the Cockerpoo wants to play

A few minutes later we met our friend John and his dog Eddie, and while we talked I took photos of the view.

Dramatic skies over Poole

When I turned around, though, this was the sight that greeted me.

Rainbow

Later as we walked across the heath the sun was setting behind the trees.

The sun sets behind the trees

And so onto some black and white photos (I’ve not shared all of them – there are a few more on Flickr). These trees are along the path as we head towards the old pit.

Tangled trees

And here’s Teddy on the heath.

Teddy on the heath

On Friday we were on Upton Heath, and I was taken by the long shadows from the trees and old concrete structure along what was once the railway line.

Long shadows along the old railway line

And now it’s back to colour for the silver birch grove on a cold morning.

The silver birch grove in winter

Autumn colours were in evidence along the Roman Road, though.

Leaf fall along the Roman Road

And one last photo – another rainbow. This time taken as we headed for the heath.

Under the rainbow

Not a bad start to December.

Sunshine after the rain

Sunday 26th November to Saturday 2nd December

Monday was wet and cold, so I put Teddy’s new coat on him for our morning walk on Upton Heath. I think he looks a very smart boy.

Teddy looks smart in his new coat

Tuesday morning the weather was very different and I took this photo of Teddy in the sunshine on Canford Heath.

Teddy in the Autumn sunshine

Wednesday afternoon we were back on Canford Heath again, in yet more sunshine! This photo is taken near the Pilsdon Drive entrance to the heath.

Canford Heath in the sunshine

The sun was low behind the clouds when we got up onto South Walk though.

The sun behind the clouds

It re-appeared as we crossed the heath though.

Teddy walks across a sunlit heath

And the colour of the clouds and the sky meant I got a nice photo of one of my favourite trees.

Trees on the heath

On Thursday we were back walking the eastern side of the heath. As you can see, it was nice and sunny again, but it was quite cold.

Teddy on a cold, sunny morning

And so onto Friday, and this time we were on Upton Heath in more sunshine. And we met our friend Zeus.

Zeus and Teddy

He’s such a lovely boy.

Zeus

After he and Teddy had a play we walked onto the pond and then round into the old pits. This photo shows that they can look nice in the sunshine, although most of the time they just look drab and mucky, especially given the amount of litter the local boys leave behind when they play on their bikes there. It’s such a shame.

Even the old pits can look nice in the sun

And that’s all for this week.

Two walks in the sunshine on Upton Heath

Sunday 19th to Saturday 25th November 2017

Oh dear! I’m so sorry. I’m over a month behind. I’m afraid that inspiration to take photos and motivation to write this blog seems to be somewhat lacking at the moment. I will do my best to play catch up, however.

So back to the end of November. On Wednesday 22nd November I took Teddy over to Upton Heath. We did our ‘Saturday walk’ as we hadn’t done it on Sunday (I can’t quite recall why, but it had been Chris’ birthday), and we walked up the Roman Road. By the old railway bridge we came across an abandoned car.

Abandoned car along the Roman Road

There was some low sunshine, and I took this shot of Teddy at Pinesprings.

Pinesprings in Autumn

Once out on the heath the sky was beautiful.

Fabulous skies over Upton Heath

But by the time we had walked down the hill the sun was starting to go down.

The sun sets over Upton Heath

The next time I took the camera out was on Saturday and we did the same walk all over again. The sun looked lovely on the trees up at the Beacon Road entrance to the heath.

Upton Heath in the Autumn

I’m hoping you can see what I mean in this next photo, but coming down the heath I was surprised by vertical lines in the clouds.

Vertical lines in the clouds

I also took a photo of Teddy in the afternoon sunshine.

Teddy

Once we got to the silver birch grove on the lower heath Teddy made a new friend: Arthur, a Wire-haired German Pointer. They had great fun playing. Here Teddy had Arthur on the ground.

Bundle!

And I love this action shot of them playing.

Teddy and Arthur had a great time playing

And that’s all for that particular week.

Sunshine means playtime

Friday 17th November 2017

Friday morning meant Teddy and I walked over to Upton Heath, and this morning it was lovely and sunny. And it looked very autumnal in the silver birch grove.

Autumn in the Silver Birch grove Silver Birch trees

Just after I’d taken that first photo we met our friend Tig, the staffie, with his Mum, Amanda. Here’s Tig posing for me.

Tig

And Tig, after a treat, in his ‘bear’ pose.

'Give me a treat' - Tig does his bear pose

He and Teddy had a great time playing.

Teddy and Tig at play

We walked on and then met Ollie, who is around a year old. Again, he and Teddy had a great time playing, despite the size difference. They were particularly interested in an old stick.

Teddy and Ollie were having such a good time with that stick

First one would get it and run off with it and the other would chase, and then the other one would get it and run off. Here they are playing tug with it.

Teddy and Ollie play tug

And lastly for today, a wonder autumnal scene along the Roman Road.

Autumn on the Roman Road

Not much sun this week

Monday 13th to Thursday 16th November 2017

It’s been another dull week, and although I have taken the camera out with me, there are not a lot of photos from the beginning of the week. And my week was a bit turned around as I had to go to my Dad on Thursday rather than Wednesday this week.

Anyway, on Monday morning we walked over to Upton Heath as normal. And there we met Larner, a beautiful Rottie girl who I was told was around 14 weeks old.

Meet Larner (about 14 weeks)

Isn’t she gorgeous? Here she is again – just look at that expression.

What a cutie pie!

There are no photos from Tuesday, but on Wednesday morning Teddy and I did our normal Thursday morning walk on Canford Heath. As you can see, we had had a lot of rain, not that that bothers Teddy.

Teddy on South Walk

And then, as I said, I went to Dad’s Thursday morning, which meant that I took Teddy to Canford Heath again (parking in Steeple Close) in the afternoon. Although we left fairly early the sun was pretty low in the sky.

The sun is low in the sky this afternoon

This is a panorama of the view over Poole (you may need to click on the image to hop over to Flickr to see it properly).

Panorama over Poole

And, as I was up on South Walk with the sun behind the clouds I couldn’t resist one of my fall-back shots.

It's that tree again!

This is a lichen covered tree set against a slightly lighter sky and with the sun on it.

Another tree, in the sunlight

And lastly for today, the sun had almost gone by the time we had finished our walk.

The sun has almost gone

In which Teddy makes a new friend

Sunday 12th November 2017

Sunday was lovely and sunny again and Teddy and I went over to Canford Heath for our walk. You may have noticed that, once again, I am getting into a pattern of certain walks on certain days. We parked on Gravel Hill and headed towards Steeple Close. En route we passed through these fir trees, lit by the afternoon sunlight.

Trees in the afternoon sun

This next photo of Teddy was taken on the far side of the trees.

Walking towards Steeple Close

When we got to the top of the Redbrick Path Teddy met another Saluki Cross – this one a Saluki/Border Collie cross. We were walking in the same direction as Alfie and his owners, so Teddy and Alfie had a really good time playing.

Teddy makes a new friend, Alfie

And here they are up on South Walk

Teddy and Alfie (A Saluki / Border Collie cross) playing

Part way along South Walk Aflie and his owners turned back, so Teddy and I continued on. This photo is of more trees on the heath.

Trees on Canford Heath

And here’s Teddy as we headed to the stream.

Teddy makes his way through the trees

And Teddy posing in the afternoon sun

Teddy poses in the sunshine

By the time we were approaching Gravel Hill again the sun was a glorious, rich amber. Here is Teddy under the pine trees.

Teddy in the late afternoon sun

And again…

Teddy in the late afternoon sun

It had been a good walk.