Happily Ever After

Life in The Rural Retreat with a beautiful wife, three cats, garden wildlife, a camera, a computer – and increasing amounts about running

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Snow A Deer

by admin - 13:48 on 13 February 2013

Matchgirl will be delighted when she returns from Shetland today – the snow she’s longed for has arrived at last. This meant that when the roe deer returned today they stood out superbly against the white background, the male throwing some heroic poses with his antlers.

I again saw them first through The Kittenry window but was able to sneak downstairs and get behind my Pentax – ready on its tripod and with long lens attached – without disturbing them. Everything was just right – then a gritter rumbled past the bottom of the garden which meant the only snap I could get was of a retreating tail.

Roe Deer 4

Yesterday, I was sure that their appearance was a flash in the pan and I’d never see them again. Now I have my fingers crossed for a third visit, tomorrow, when I’ll finally get some decent snaps.

The Bushnell was put out last night, pointed at the garden gate, and gathered 2013’s first marten images which, through the magic of Photoshop, I’ve turned into a Magical Marten Montage. One visitor came around 1.30am, then a smaller one at 5.30. It’s not long now until we’ll see them in daylight.

Marten Montage

The snow proved of little interest for felines. Pandora enjoyed a very brief frolic; Willow stepped outside and straight back; Maia didn’t even approach the door. So instead of tumbling snowcats, here’s Willow taking charge of the stairs.

Willow 11

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