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Sunday, January 10, 2010


I headed out into snowy Blenheim twice today, once for an early morning run (the cross-country spikes really come into their own on the compacted snow) and then this afternoon for a walk with the boyfriend. I hadn't thought that the later walk could match the early run in the quiet park, when I had just the pheasants, sheep, and a low-flying red kite for company, but it bettered it.

The frozen lake was just stunning close up with the ice a dozen different shades of glassy green.

Frozen lake

Fishing stages


Then, as if that wasn't enough a white shape ghosted out from amongst the trees on the far side of the lake and we had the treat of watching a barn own hunting in daylight (it was about 3pm) for at least 5 minutes. It flew back and forth across the lake and even landed a few metres ahead of us on the path at one point. I knew that my chances of getting a picture (white bird, white background) were slim but I just kept clicking the button and I managed to get lucky (even more lucky than just seeing it, I mean).

Barn Owl

I can't tell you how privileged I feel to have had such a wonderful view of this beautiful bird.

Finally, we passed this snowy family on our way back home.


I think they're disappointed having read the sign (left) saying that the Palace and Courtyard aren't open to the public!


Petit Filoux said...

What lovely photos!! Can't believe you went out for a run in this weather!! x

Felix said...

I too am impressed by your fortitude at running on the icy snow!

Your Barn Owl snap is beautiful and I completely share that feeling when I see certain birds while out walking.

Funny; I dreamt last night about walking in a field full of barn owls!