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Horse and deer photos.

I have some pony photos to share from this morning (and when I say pony, I really mean Zorro)...

So yes, my mind boggled when I looked at my camera preview and saw what I'd photographed. I mean, the first picture? Yeh, that's pretty standard for Zorro. Him and gravity aren't really on speaking terms. But the second? He's doing a canter stride ... in mid-air. Ummm. Whut?


Here are some static, normal horse pictures. Big black cob is quite photogenic in the fog and the frost!




With his magpie friend (who usually sits on the fence and annoys me while I'm mucking out).


...And just being Zorro. Poor Cash.


...and some deer photos to share from this evening. I was walking back from the stables in the twilight, trudging along the bridleway  which - in that section - runs between two high banks, when a deer leapt the path in front of me. She stopped halfway up the bank and turned to stare at me, absolutely motionless; I told her how beautiful she was and that she had nothing to fear, and then I waited for her companion (you will rarely see one by themselves). When none came, I stepped forward and crept up the bank a little to see two more deer standing like statues in the field. 

They were a little distance from me, but the solitary deer had stopped only a few metres away; it was the closest I've ever been, and also the longest they've waited before running. Which is typical, because it was very dark and I couldn't get a decent shot. I might have been able to had I fiddled my ISO and shutter speed, but I was expecting them to run at any moment. 

The field deer.


The first deer had moved off when I went to photograph the above two, but as I continued walking I happened to glance up and there she stood, framed against the sky. I was able to take this photo before she turned and bounded silently away. I felt incredibly privileged to have been so close.



( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 16th, 2013 03:42 pm (UTC)
Okay, those Zorro pictures are too much.

Also, I love magpies. Are they the yellow-billed variety that you have over there? Ours are black-billed. My mother hand-raised and released a baby one that was blown out of its nest in a storm. Such a character!
Jan. 16th, 2013 03:46 pm (UTC)
Zorro is very handsome .
Cash is too. Looks like Zorro love the spotlight.
Jan. 16th, 2013 03:46 pm (UTC)

Seriously, that first one is incredible. They're all gorgeous. Seeing deer in the wild is always so magical - maybe because they're so silent? How lucky that you had a camera at the ready!
Jan. 16th, 2013 04:00 pm (UTC)
Love the last photo!
Jan. 17th, 2013 01:09 am (UTC)
Zorro is a very photogenic boy! Love your action shots. The 4th one is my favorite against the fog.

Very neat deer pics! So cool to be that close to them. They're such graceful animals.
Jan. 17th, 2013 08:20 pm (UTC)
How big is Zorro? Totally in love with him.
Jan. 18th, 2013 04:58 pm (UTC)
He's about 15hh ... and yeh, he's got quite a large online fan club - as Ben says, the joys of Zorro from a safe distance! XD
Jan. 20th, 2013 10:33 am (UTC)
You have a flying horse! :O :D
Jan. 27th, 2013 04:32 pm (UTC)
That horse must be magic. Only logical explanation.
At my mom's house, there is a family of deer that come every night and will come right up to her front stairs. Depending on the deer, you can sit on the stairs while they're there.
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