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“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),
It’s always our self we find in the sea.”
― E.E. Cummings

After last nights meteor shower, today was a day of exploring the South Coast of England and a  spot of the New Forest. The meteor shower, for those who didn’t get the chance to see anything, was amazing here. We couldn’t stay awake for long enough to get the full impact of the shower but staying up until around 12:30am meant that we saw at least eight!

I experimented with a bit of the tilt shift setting on my camera which resulted in some interesting effects appearing. Tilt shift makes miniature worlds, and whilst that wasn’t entirely possible at the seaside where there really wasn’t much of a world aside from sea and sand, there were some results!

In the true spirit of the Olympics it was nice to capture some sport shots of the wind surfer people. Although they’re not wind surfers, but whatever they are, they were quite interesting. However they did like coming close to the shore and making splashy waves, which was equally as frustrating as it was amusing.

We explored a fair bit of the New Forest sticking mostly to the coastline of Lepe and Hythe. We ventured to Netley Marsh (which was very marshy) and found dozens of dead crabs. Pleasant! Afterwards we dipped in and out of the New Forest taking shots wherever there were shots to be taken.

Aside from excellent photography opportunities the weather was also wonderful, I know this because I’m sporting a nice sun-burn! However it was beautiful, if not a little windy the temperature was in the mid twenties.

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“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”
― Henry Ford

The simple answer is you can’t. They are un-tameable un-trainable beings! Whilst this much is true in some respects, they are equally quirky, delightful and intriguing. I spent the majority of the day travelling through the New Forest with a colleague to various meetings and made the mistake of stopping off in the National Park for  a quick email catch up.

Within minutes I was surrounded with ponies, and unable to drive off. It was amusing. And quite photogenic. I had already loaded the car with my camera equipment because I knew it was going to be a long day and I’d likely have to snap for the 365 project at the end of it.

So, I sat back and enjoyed the mayhem for a bit. Then I started to get a bit more worried as the time drew nearer to head off for the meeting! Luckily we made it though and it seems to be a given that the New Forest is difficult to travel through at the best of times.

After that mini adventure, we crossed the Forest to get to another area and in a small back lane stumbled across another herd. They were blocking the road completely – and since my experience with them is very limited, I had no idea what to do.

How many humans does it take to clear a road of a few ponies? Approximately seven actually, and even then it wasn’t perfect! But as I said before, it’s quirky and it’s the New Forest so you have to forgive it some things.

If you’re intrigued as to the History behind the Ponies here is a short excerpt from Wikipedia.. “All ponies grazing on the New Forest are owned by New Forest commoners – people who have “rights of common of pasture” over the Forest lands. An annual marking fee is paid for each animal turned out to graze. The population of ponies on the Forest has fluctuated in response to varying demand for youngstock. Numbers fell to fewer than six hundred in 1945 but have since risen steadily, and thousands now run loose in semi-feral conditions.”

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