It has been absolutely glorious here today.
The forecast was for fabulous Autumn weather and it was right - amazingly good. And so we had planned a day out.
We headed off to Arne Nature Reserve in the hope of not only a good walk but also the chance to see some deer and hopefully a stag. We have seent he deer there many times but never a stag.
The light was amazing and although in some parts it was very muddy (especially when Nigel went into apatch of what looked more like quicksand or quick mud) it was a perfect day.
We first came upon a group of females and we watched them for ages.
Most of the large herd were way off in the distance on the marshy area right by the harbour.
We tried a couple of times to get closer but it was too boggy.
However the reflections in the ponds were absolutely terrific. It was like a deep blue mirror reflecting the bare branches, the autumn colours and the dry bracken. Stunning.
There are quite a few as it was stunning and they don't really capture it as I wanted but it still looked nice.
and then Nigel found a drier way through towards the fens where the main herd were and where we knew there were likely to be stags. We stood and watched them for ages.
And before I sat down to do all of my school work for the day I made this - I make no apology for the title - it was Nigel's idea!
So today has been a wonderful day and set us both up ready for another hard week ahead.
I have two pictures of the day today - because I can!
- all of the people in the armed forces who protect us all
- Autumn wonder
- Amazing wildlife right on our doorstep
Have a fabulous week everyone x