Happy Samhain

This weekend was perfect for a woodland walk. We hoped to see the changing leaves and fungi. We were not disappointed. This year, the leaves are stunning. Simply breath taking.

It was the deer that stole the show. As we walked along the track, we met a man dressed in camouflague gear. He had spent most of the day, looking for deer. He’d heard the bellows of the rutting stags, but not a glimpse.

Now when it comes to stalking deer (only with a camera), we never seem to have a problem. We’ve always found that if there is deer around they are fascinated by our deerhound. She has no need to round up the deer. That would be silly and she is not stupid. Chasing a deer through a wooded area is a waste of energy.

In wooded areas, she just has to stand. The deer spot her and stand and gaze. She is the right size and shape for a deer and it must puzzle them. I can almost see it cross their minds “What is a deer doing with a band of noisy children?” I wish I had a better lens for my camera. I had such a wonderful view of a white hart, at one stage.

We must have walked for about an hour and I suspect that a herd of about a hundred deer must have walked with us. They’d pop up and just stand and watch us. Mesmerized. They keep their distance. Just human stalking.

We found the rutting ground. It was heavily poached and hoof marks merged together. It covered a bigger area than I imagined.

We love to walk with nature and feel very blessed that they wanted to join in. (I need a better camera)

Happy Samhain. May the souls of you and yours feel contentment and peace.

12 thoughts on “Happy Samhain

  • Monday 1 November, 2010 at 12:53 am
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    Love the fungus photos..thats true talent when you can make toadstools look beautiful!
    Pumpkins are very pretty too.
    Em xxx

    • Tuesday 2 November, 2010 at 1:19 am
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      Hi Emma. I find fungi irresistible at this time of year. So many shapes and colours, and then they are gone. Intriguing little things.

  • Monday 1 November, 2010 at 1:16 am
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    Your walk sounds totally wonderful!!! And your toadstools – sigh!!! Hope you have a fun week!!!

    • Tuesday 2 November, 2010 at 1:22 am
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      It was a magical walk. Autumn leaves, wild deer and fungi. I love walks in the woods at this time of year. Hope your weekend was good too.

  • Monday 1 November, 2010 at 9:01 pm
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    You were lucky to get so close to the deer. Love the pictures especially the fungi, what are the two yellow ones, do you know?

    • Tuesday 2 November, 2010 at 1:43 am
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      The children got even closer. When I looked back at the photos, I realised how close they had got to some of the deer. I’m no expert on identifying fungi, but we do like to try and find a name. Not sure enough on these ones to write them here. I love the more common names.

  • Monday 1 November, 2010 at 10:27 pm
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    I wish I could’ve joined you on your walking adventure. Those Jack-o-Laterns sure are pretty.

    • Tuesday 2 November, 2010 at 1:45 am
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      I’m quite sure you would have enjoyed the walk. It was the opposite of peaceful as the children were burning off steam, but strangely, that did not spoil the magic.

  • Wednesday 3 November, 2010 at 6:39 pm
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    Lovely photos and great pumpkins!!!!

    (I’m keeping my fingers crossed as my comments keep getting kicked…oops)

    Our two went trick or treating as Goldfish (I have No idea why they chose goldfish.. I just found some Orange fleece and sequins!)

    Happy Halloween !

    • Friday 5 November, 2010 at 1:01 am
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      I love the idea of goldfishes. I can’t imagine how many sequins you would have to sew on.

      • Friday 5 November, 2010 at 3:45 pm
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        I cheated and just added them to the fins (sparsely lol)

        • Friday 5 November, 2010 at 9:17 pm
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          Oh, nice move. I wondered if you had found some gigantic sequins or just had the patience of a saint.

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