Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Nearly Narnia



These photos were taken on the first morning after a night of snow. We walked out onto the heath and up the hill, finding a group of local New Forest ponies breakfasting on the newest shoots of gorse.

Whisper Dog enjoyed snuffling in the fresh snow.


Fudge the young mare came over to ask for help. She had a branch hanging from her mane and she stood patiently while I removed it.


Her friends stayed over in the gorse brake, looking for green shoots beneath snowy branches.





This pony has an unusual patch of light hair on her shoulder. We think this may be where she was hit by a car in her younger days and the scar has healed with differently pigmented hair.




Three bay mares, their long coats fluffed up against the cold, facing a world turned white.



Whisper seemed perplexed by the way his daily walk , and all its scents, had changed.



Up on the wooded hill there was utter silence. It may be a cliche to say that it seemed like Narnia, but the transformation of a familiar wood was magical.



I found myself imagining Mr Tumnus the fawn appearing from behind  snow laden trees.......




Even the way home seemed to offer different possibilities in this new, cold white world.


16 comments:

Anns Art said...

Lovely photographs of the snow laden forest DW. We saw it last week before the total melt happened. So glad we did, reminded me of childhood and yes it did look like Narnia :)

Kath said...

Always a pleasure to see your photos, I enjoyed seeing the ponies again. I do love Fudge what a pretty girl she is. How interesting about the different colour coat on the pony who was injured. I have seen hair grow back white, but not a paler shade of the coat colour.

crafty cat corner said...

Are the shoots enough for the ponies to survive on or do they get supplements of feed?
Lovely post
thanks
Briony
x

Down by the sea said...

Such beautiful pictures of the snow it does feel like Narnia looking at them!
Poor Fudge having got tangled up with a branch. How do the ponies manage to find food when the weather is like this?
Sarah x

angryparsnip said...

Beautiful photos I agree very Narnia.
I adore Fudge what a lovely mare.

cheers, parsnip

chinecats said...

Beautiful! I love the quietness of snow (not having any cars along our road helps!)

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Ragged Robin said...

Wonderful photographs - and the scenes did remind me of Narnia :)

Pierre BOYER said...

Lovely série....

Pierre

The Weaver of Grass said...

Why is it that snow looks so beautiful and yet in reality is so horrible? Beautiful photos DW - love all the ponies but especially love that last shot of the lane.

BilboWaggins said...

Beautiful, thank you for sharing :}

Goosey said...

Oh, what lovely pictures, especially the ponies in the snow.

Elizabeth Musgrave said...

What absolutely stunning photos! I love the ones of the ponies. I used to have a passion for New Forest ponies when I was a child. I hadn't thought about it in years but the pictures brought it right back!

Em Parkinson said...

I don't know quite how I missed this post! Beautiful snow photos - it's so photogenic isn't it?

Ree said...

I found your blog via Rhonda's today. That snow looks stunning and reminds me of my time in Canada. No snow here; it's Summer in Australia!

Lynda Dyson said...

Wow, they certainly are beautiful photos of a landscape that is so foreign to us at the bottom of Australia, where sunshine rules. Too much at the moment. It look so picturesque and cool. Very relaxing to look at on a hot summer night.