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Rose Hips in Autumn |

I’ve been sitting here quietly for so long even I’ve forgotten I’m here. I had dressed snugly for the cold October weather and warmth of the sun on my dark down coat is having a soporific effect. I’m awake but not fully aware as I gaze out from the high hide on the scene around me, patiently waiting for wildlife to appear.

There had been a few deer here when I arrived, but they bounded off into the forest when they heard me coming. An hour has passed since then and I’ve seen nothing but birds. A small flock of geese flew overhead, but unfortunately not close enough to take photos. Surely the deer must have forgotten about me by now? I do an occasional Crazy Ivan to check that the whole herd isn’t grazing contently behind me. They are not.

Viewing from High Hide |

Autumn Shrub with Cobweb |

Wild Daisies |

Late October is a great time for taking photos, especially here in the Lithuanian countryside, surrounded by forests and wildlife. The sun is low, reflecting beautifully off the golden leaves. Deer are grazing on the thick tufts of vegetation left after grass, rape and other crops are cut. I know they’re here, in the forest behind me. I wait and wait for them to appear. They do not come.

The sun has almost hit the tree line when I eventually admit defeat. I am determined to make use of this glorious light. I will just have to take photos of inanimate subjects for today. I head back to our small village in search of more willing participants. I will come back for the deer another day.

Wild Thistles |

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Rose Hips in Autumn |

Cow Grazing, Lithuania |

This one is tethered – she can’t escape!

Autumn Leaves |

18 Comments Post a comment
  1. Gorgeous photos June, as always!

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    October 21, 2016
  2. Amazing fotos. I love your ‘perch’! Cristina

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    October 19, 2016
  3. Love the rose hips and the cow. Better luck next time on the deer

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    October 18, 2016
  4. June, I love the colours in your pictures! And have to say it gave me some serenity, when I after a very hectic day read your description of sitting there still and waiting for deer to come… peaceful.

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    October 18, 2016
    • Thanks Vilma. It actually was quite serene sitting there. I wasn’t bored at all, even though I was there over 1.5 hours. And I’ll happily do it again another day.

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      October 18, 2016
  5. Beautiful photos!

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    October 18, 2016
  6. As you show, October is a gift for photography. I have my camera with me constantly.

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    October 18, 2016
  7. What a lovely lovely set of pictures ((including the beauteous cow with her muzzle trailing grass and horns that make her look, for all the world like Heidi with her head hugging braids)). The colours are spectacular. Thank you for sharing such beauty 😊

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    October 18, 2016
    • Ha! She does look like she has braids, or maybe a daisy-chain crown! I was very happy she “posed” so nicely for me after being thwarted by the deer!

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      October 18, 2016
      • I think she makes up for the deer and I am certain you will catch them out very soon!!

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        October 18, 2016
  8. My fave time of year. For this reason 🙂

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    October 18, 2016
  9. Laurel Durban #

    Beautiful pictures!

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    October 18, 2016
  10. Absolutely stunning photos!

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    October 18, 2016
  11. Absolutely stunning colors in your photos June. What lovely countryside you’re surrounded by.

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    October 18, 2016
    • Thanks Miriam. Yeh, I’m so lucky to be surround by this lush countryside. It keeps changing with the seasons so it never gets boring! 🙂

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      October 18, 2016

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