Whilst I take photos and get paid for that, I'm forever still a hobbyist! It's my way of relaxing, of taking a break from the job, to enjoy the surroundings, the beauty of this planet - to simply just BE.
On Sunday 29th October, I decided to have a wander around Woburn Deer Park, and hopefully get a couple of pics of the majestic deer there. The day started out quite cloudy, but the forecast was good.
Parking in the free car park on Park Street, I walked along George Street to the public footpath entrance to the estate. As I entered the main deer park through the kissing gate at the end of the path, I was greeted with a stunning view of the House and lakes. I looked around, but couldn't see any deer at all. Oh, no, I thought. Maybe I should have come earlier in the season!
Anyway, I followed the public footpath towards the House and Gardens, and then just as the horse-drawn carriage came over the horizon and down towards the House, a deer skitted out from under the trees! And guess what? I missed it! lol. It darted off towards the other side of the park (and for me to have followed it meant that I had to follow the footpath back to the start and take the right fork towards the bridge). Oh, well, I wondered if I could see any deer nearer the house. But no, so I headed back along the footpath and took that right fork - and I'm so glad I did. I could just see in the distance all the deer, so I headed off towards them.
Because you have to stick to the footpaths on the estate, the deer were quite a way away. Luckily, I had my trusty Nikon Coolpix P510 compact camera with me - it has a 42x zoom (for all you photo buffs, it's an equivalent of 1000mm) and I managed to get some photos even though the deer were about 1000m away.
Then suddenly, I saw a fawn-coloured stag to my right. I'd walked right passed him and he was about 100m away. He was busy grazing, and occasionally he'd look up to see what was going on. And I managed to grab a couple of photos just at the right time! The sun had started to peek through the clouds, and soon the clouds had dissipated and the skies were blue. The sunlight hit the last remaining leaves on the autumn trees, and I got some lovely shots.
Woburn House & Gardens are closed now for the winter season, but they do hold a couple of special events, so if you're in the area, I'd highly recommend a visit! It's a lovely place to just have a wander - just keep to the public footpaths, and enjoy the scenery!