Out and about

Friday afternoon was warm and sunny, so I took Ollie out early, and headed for the old railway at Hoe.
As you can see from the photo above, the riverbank is now seriously overgrown, with the weeds affecting the flow of water in the river.

All photos can be enlarged for detail, by clicking on them.

By the time we made it to the old railway bridge, Ollie was a bit hot and bothered. Luckily, this made him tired enough to stand still so I could take this photo.

I even had time for a close-up!

On the way back, I used the longer zoom of the RX10 to pick out these abandoned farm buildings in the distance.

After almost two hours, and a good long walk, we were happy to be home in time to beat the arrival of the thundery showers that are forecast.

55 thoughts on “Out and about

    1. Those buildings are on what is still a working farm, I believe. I haven’t quite worked out how to find them on foot, so far. Ollie always has ‘slobber’ on his chin when he is out running around. It is a consequence of his jowls, which makes him unable to ‘lick his lips’.
      Best wishes, Pete.

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Good for him, Elizabeth. That’s only a small part of almost ten miles of overgrown bank though. It will die off a lot after autumn. At the end of next year, the wildlife trust has agreed to fund the clearing of reeds, and cutting back the plants close to the edge. It is going to be a long process though.
      Best wishes, Pete.

      Liked by 1 person

        1. Haha, of course you can. I just mean things like a smaller single focusing point than I am used to. The weight of the lens making the camera ‘front-heavy’, and needing support from the left hand when extended. Menu options hidden in ‘features’ that are not intuitive, and so on. Perhaps ‘foibles’ was not a good choice to describe those differences. On the plus side, the colours are much more ‘natural’ than on my Fuji, and the exposure compensation is very accurate.
          You went from Sony to Sony, so you probably felt more at home.
          Best wishes, Pete.

          Liked by 1 person

        1. Thanks, John. He is (at the moment) free of any skin or ear infections, and his coat is looking the best it has done for a long time. He is around halfway through his expected lifespan now, and more or less at his peak. It reminds me of myself at 35, thinking ‘this is the best it’s ever going to get.’ 🙂
          Best wishes, Pete.

          Liked by 1 person

    1. It is going to take some getting used to, Theo. The lens makes it ‘front heavy’, and the focus system is not as reliable as the Fuji. But that is a great lens indeed, so worth the effort.
      Best wishes, Pete.

      Liked by 1 person

    1. They are on private land which is well-fenced, Sue. People around here are very precious of their land, so probably not worth an argument. That lens allowed me to get as close as I have ever got to them.
      Best wishes, Pete.

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Glad you enjoyed the shots of Ollie, GP. He is doing well at the moment, and is at his ‘peak’. The local wildlife and nature trust have a policy of leaving their land ‘to nature’. So other than cutting some paths to walk on, they do not interfere with weeds, fallen trees, or anything else in this area.
      Best wishes, Pete.

      Liked by 1 person

  1. It sounds like a wonderful walk in the countryside and as to those thundery showers you mention, I used to love summer storms … I loved to sleep in the “Loft” of my Grandfather’s cabin and listen to the rain pounding on the tin roof. Ollie looked a little tired in this couple of photos …. I hope he is feeling alright. He is so cute.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks, John. The summer storm arrived just after 4 pm, and I was glad to be inside by then.
      Ollie was hot and tired, as we had walked over three miles by then, and it was almost 75 degrees. He soon got his energy back though!
      Best wishes, Pete.

      Liked by 1 person

All comments welcome

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.