A break from the gloom

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Hoe Rough, in November sunshine.

The past week has been pretty dismal, weather-wise. Dark skies, lights on by midday, and dull dog-walks in constant rain, and slippery mud. By yesterday, I was beginning to feel pretty glum. The ‘winter blues’ had come early, and I was dreading the long months ahead.
This morning didn’t start out much better, but by dog-walking time, the sun was out, and the sky was blue. I was enthused to take my camera, and set out for a longer walk than we have enjoyed recently.
All photos can be clicked on for detail.

Not many trees around here turn into interesting colours during Autumn, but this one added a splash of yellow-gold.
autumn-tree

A small Muntjac deer suddenly appeared on the path, and Ollie gave chase enthusiastically. They were both moving too fast for me to get a photo, so I had to settle for one of a panting Ollie, when he returned from the ‘hunt’.
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I continued across the road to Hoe Common. This is the entrance gate, with small signs to advise local walkers of routes, and a warning about the poisonous snakes that live there. The long bamboo stick is my dog-walking stick.
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In the woods, I came across this example of a Fly Agaric mushroom. Despite having hallucinogenic properties, they are also poisonous, so best avoided. This one had toppled over a little, and I had to use the flash in the dark woodland.
fly-agaric-flash

Sadly, darkening skies heralded a change in the day’s weather, so I decided to head home. Back near the gate, I spotted this leaf-strewn patch, lit by the last few rays of sunshine.
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Sure enough, it was soon raining hard, and the passing cars were using their headlights. By the time we reached home, we had both had a good soaking, and it was back to the gloom that I had tried to escape from. At least we had enjoyed a short break from it.

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46 thoughts on “A break from the gloom

  1. Lovely impressions, Pete! How nice to see Ollie again.
    Which underlines the motto of every photographer; Always be prepared. Never ever ever go without your camera! πŸ™‚
    Love, Dina x

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  2. You were probably counting on me to add something about adders… Or maybe make a reference to subtractorsβ€”but what difference would that have made? Instead, I’ll just say that I really loved the photos, especially those of that tasty mushroom and the leaf-strewn patch. Those leaves have fallen on hard times, but at least you’ve memorialized them. I guess the trees are on leaf of absence until spring. That about sums it up.

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  3. It is always wonderful to have a break from the gloom.. we have been fortunate here to have multiple (record breaking) sunny days in a row, after having the rainiest month on record in October… We will take it! Fortunately when I walk here I don’t have to worry about poisonous snakes! Watch your step! πŸ™‚

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  4. Hello! I came over from Lauren’s blog. Loving your country walk pics – especially the mushroom one, its gorgeous! Ollie is lovely too. πŸ™‚ I have a Border Terrier and she is the biggest diva known to man, although she is partial to chasing foxes and squirrels occasionally. πŸ™‚

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  5. Nice to see Ollie, and also to see the walk you have each day. Here we started off sunny, and I got housework done intending to go out after to do my shot, but by the time I’d finished the chores, well you can guess the rest! πŸŒ§β˜”οΈ

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