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“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.”
― Jo Walton

When it got past day fifty on the photography challenge, I stopped planning what to shoot. To begin with I had a list that I kept adding to of places to go and things to photograph, but eventually the list ended and I had to figure it out ‘on the hop.’ I realised that ultimately, I would have to wait and see what photographs came my way. If it started to get dark, I would then need to begin panicking!

Today my shots were determined at 6:45 am whilst I was lying in bed cursing the fact that my body clock tells me to wake up at 6:30am everyday regardless of whether I have work or not. I hadn’t even gone outside by that point, but I could tell from the pinkish glow at my window that the sunrise was pretty and the chill in the air hinted at a frost. I was right. Armed with the camera and shivering in my pyjamas I sat on the concrete pathway outside the patio doors and began shooting.

It was completely silent outside apart from the birds. The air was fresh and the sky beautiful. I always have said that I work best with natural light – in particular sunlight, and I think the shots are a fine example of this.

My brain shuns flash photography and light metering with complete horror at the thought of it all. I’ve never learned how to change my shutter speed or ISO – I’m really not technically minded. But natural light and I, seem to work hand in hand.

I only concluded shooting when Buddy sleepily came through the doorway and sat on my lap. There’s only so much you can ignore when balancing on the frosty ground with the sun streaming into your face!

After yesterdays epic photography day I could have probably slept for a whole twenty four hours. Talking of yesterdays blog, it didn’t seem to get such a reaction as usual – perhaps there were too many photos? Or it just wasn’t anyone’s cup of tea… But anyway today I have lots of bits to do and things to sort out before an evening of Chinese food and a movie is upon me. Enjoy the rest of the dewdrops!

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“The old grey donkey, Eeyore stood by himself in a thistly corner of the Forest.”
-A.A.Milne –

This blog could have ended up being all about Buddy and his wonderful eyes if I hadn’t ventured off into the New Forest to document the plight of some very disturbed Donkeys. Thankfully the important issue of the Donkeys and their fragile lives took over although I will share some of Buddy so that he doesn’t get left out!

The New Forest is famed for the ‘wild’ ponies that roam the land but here and there it also houses the odd donkey or two and various different colours and mental states of Cows. The animal life in the Forest was quite clearly of a special kind.

That’s right – these Donkeys appeared to be struggling with some kind of melancholy feeling. They were rather adept at resting their heads on the wooden poles in the ground – in fact they seemed to be there for the sole purpose of Donkey Perching!

Like any well-trained neighbourhood watch, the Donkeys soon noticed that I was snapping shots of them from a distance and looked up to level me with the most evil of glares…

Before I knew it the lens was filled with the colour of fluffy donkey fur and I had no choice but to put the camera down and stop with the publicity. Those donkeys are pretty intimidating creatures!

The donkeys returned to their perching acts and the explorations through the Forest continued to discover a cow all by itself, stood up on a grassy bank!

I don’t want to put anyone off of visiting the New Forest because it is truly beautiful – but there was definitely something strange lingering in the air today! However there is also something very quaint and altogether different about driving over cattle grids and all of a sudden behind immersed in the very Forest itself.

The New Forest is a huge area of Heath and Pasture land in the South of England. It was created as a Royal Forest in 1079 by William I for royal hunting. The Forest covers 219 square miles – which is why it’s completely easy to believe that my colleague at work struggles to find employment opportunities for our New Forest based clientele because most of the land is – empty!

I thought the above image was quite fitting since it’s Mothers Day – and already most of the cows, sheep and horses (of the female kind) are Mothers. I didn’t give my Mother this picture as a present though, she might not have appreciated the intention! My sister and I arranged for flowers, a DVD (The Help which is amazing!) and a book. Of course not forgetting some chocolate too!

Apart from that rather unplanned visit to the Forest I spent some time in the sunshine this morning with Buddy, who was quite baffled at being made to perch on the steps. He often sits as he was pictured at the beginning of this blog – which is altogether quite weird! The Sunshine made for some beautiful colours…

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