Deer oh Deer!

Deer oh Deer!

 

This beautiful roe deer…

 

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… gave birth to this tiny kid in our hay meadow last week (June 2016)

 

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Mother and child doing well – here’s the kid having a feed

 

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And this is where it all happened – in the long grass of our hay meadow – with the backdrop of Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike. You can see just see the hind in the field on the lower right….

 

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And here she is leaping through the buttercups and sorrel, circling round protectively while her kid is curled up in the grass

 

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Roe Deer

Roe deer are regularly spotted in the wooded valleys around Hebden Bridge, especially early in the morning, sometimes venturing into the hilltop meadows or up onto the moors. The stags have small antlers and, when alarmed, they make a loud barking noise that echoes for miles around. These photographs were taken in Crimsworth Dean and Hardcastle Crags.

 

 

Getting down with the kids!

 

As if 2016 wasn’t good enough on the roe deer front, this year at Elmet Farmhouse we have been blessed with twins. Presumably it’s the same hind who has returned, or possibly her grown-up kid from last year. Either way, she clearly feels at home in the hay meadows at Elmet Farmhouse as she has chosen to come back and establish her nursery here again.

We spotted the twins in early June among the long grass with their mother but at that stage they were hard to see. It wasn’t until the hay  was cut in mid July that we were able to get some photographs. These images were taken by Ian in the late evening sunshine at the bottom of the field near our newly-planted trees.

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

Photo Journal – June 2016

Have you had your Five a Day?

Five photos taken on walks in the countryside around Hebden Bridge and the Upper Calder Valley, interspersed with views from Elmet Farmhouse in the village of Pecket Well. Yorkshire at its finest. Enjoy!                        (Lesley Jackson)

 

30 June 2016

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View towards Hardcastle Crags from Walshaw Moor above Crimsworth Dean

 

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Crimsworth Dean, near Pecket Well

 

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Walking in the footsteps of Ted Hughes…

 

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… who roamed this valley as a child

 

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Foxgloves by the beck at Crimsworth Dean, curlews and lapwings overhead

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

29 June 2016

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Photos from last saturday’s circuit around the Crimsworth Walshaw Loop

 

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Inspiring views across Hardcastle Crags with Stoodley Pike peeping out on far horizon

 

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Late afternoon sunshine turning the hilltop meadows luminous green

 

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Above Hardcastle Crags near Walshaw

 

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Moorland meadow with reeds bursting through the grass above Crimsworth Dean – accompanied by a chorus of curlews

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

28 June 2016

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Goldfinch feeding on a thistle in Crimsworth Dean

 

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There seem to be a growing number of goldfinches in Crimsworth Dean – spotted regularly but difficult to photograph because they are usually flitting about at speed

 

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Hay meadows at Pecket Well earlier this month

 

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Elmet Farmhouse hay meadow in the foreground, Pecket Well War Memorial in the centre amongst the trees

 

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Sorrel, buttercups and grasses in hay meadow at Elmet Farmhouse

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

27 June 2016

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Elmet Farmhouse high cholesterol hay meadows full of butter(cups)

 

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These photos were taken from our top field on 5 June when the fields when the wild flowers were at their peak

 

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The mixture of red sorrel and yellow buttercups creates a dichroic effect

 

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Later this summer the meadow will be cut for hay to be used as winter feed for the cattle at Horse Hey Farm in Crimsworth Dean just along the road.

 

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Useful and beautiful – William Morris would approve.

 

© Photos copyright Elmet Farmhouse

 

26 June 2016

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Views from Elmet Farmhouse at 9.30pm last night…

 

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River of mist in the Calder Valley after a heavy shower

 

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The swathes of mist are constantly shifting…

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…as the trail of mist flows into Hebden Dale and Hardcastle Crags

 

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It looks like smoke but it’s water vapour trapped in the steep-sided valleys

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

25 June 2016

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Highlights from the Crimsworth Walshaw loop – my favourite walk

 

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Hardcastle Crags in the foreground, Stoodley Pike in the distance

 

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Late afternoon sunshine over Hardcastle Crags…

 

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… very different to early morning light

 

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Roller coaster view across Harcastle Crags, with Slack Heptonstall on the brow and Stoodley Pike on the horizon

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

24 June 2016

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Elmet Farmhouse with its cottage garden in full bloom

 

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Just look at that amazing peony!

 

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How many holiday cottages have such a pretty garden to sit out in?

 

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And beyond the garden wall is our beautiful hay meadow…

 

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… which is at its peak of perfection in June

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

23 June 2016

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Elmet Farmhouse – perched on the brow of the hill…

 

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…  surrounded by hay meadows

 

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Why not beat a path to our door?

 

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Lilac and laburnum trees on either side of the gate

 

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Elmet Farmhouse with its beautifully preserved 18th century stone mullion windows. The adjacent barn, dated 1861, is also Grade II Listed.

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

 

22 June 2016

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Views from Elmet Farmhouse with hay meadow in the foreground and Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike on the horizon

 

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Pecket Well War Memorial viewed from Elmet Farmhouse, with meadows full of buttercups and the steep wooded valley of Hardcastle Crags beyond

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

21 June 2016

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The steep wooded valley of Hardcastle Crags snaking through the Pennines…

 

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… with hay meadows and lush pasture on the shoulders of the hills

 

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Higher up on the hills, the pasture turns to moorland…

 

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… and the terrain becomes much more wild and rugged…

 

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Tussocky grass and fluffy bog cotton up on Walshaw Moor

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

20 June 2016

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Midsummer at Walshaw Dean.. Has it been snowing?!

 

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Thankfully not – this dusting of white is bog cotton up on the moor

 

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The conditions must have been particularly good this spring as the bog cotton is looking spectacular

 

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It almost looks as though it could be harvested

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Later in the summer the moors will turn purple as the heather comes into flower 

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

19 June 2016

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Sandpiper at Walshaw Dean reservoir

 

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The famous rhododendrons at Walshaw Dean…

 

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… Late flowering because of the high altitude up on Walshaw Moor

 

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An unexpected surprise in this landscape…

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…And a tad surreal

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

18 June 2016

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Lapwing at Walshaw Dean showing its impressive crest

 

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Beak open – emitting comical noises like a kazoo

 

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Lapwing enclave near the lower reservoir at Walshaw Dean

 

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June is the best time to see lapwings as they are rearing their chicks on the moors

 

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© Photos copyright Ian Fishwick and Lesley Jackson

 

17 June 2016

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Crimsworth Dean – vibrant spring colours

 

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Path through the bracken towards Lumb Falls in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Towering bracken in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Crimsworth Dean with Stoodley Pike in the distance

 

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A sea of bracken in Crimsworth Dean

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

16 June 2016

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Goldfinch in Pecket Well

 

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Fledgling treecreeper chirruping in the woods in Crimsworth Dean..

 

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Clinging on to the bark and climbing up the tree

 

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Meadow pipit in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Pair of thrushes in Crimsworth Dean

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

15 June 2016

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Golden plovers among the bog cotton up on Wadsworth Moor above Pecket Well, a short walk from Elmet Farmhouse

 

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Here’s one little chick captured mid-peep

 

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They’re not called Golden Plovers for nothing…

 

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…their plumage is iridescent greenish gold

 

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Catch them while you can – once they’ve finished rearing their chicks, they’ll up sticks and be gone

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

14 June 2016

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In praise of golden plovers…

 

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Peeping among the bilberries…

 

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And the tufts of bog cotton

 

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In the early morning sunshine…

 

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Up on Wadsworth Moor

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

13 June 2016

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Finally managed to capture one of numerous curlews in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Although they’re all-pervasive, they’re also elusive

 

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But this one was in a prime position on the horizon with blue sky behind

 

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The early morning light was perfect for capturing the detail

 

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Admire the curvature of that amazing beak – and the beauty of those canoodling cries

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

12 June 2016

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Lumbutts on a hazy spring morning

 

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Steep-roofed chapel in the foreground, curious tower in the background that once housed five waterwheels

 

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Lumbutts on the left and Mankinholes on right, separated by strips of fields

 

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The ancient village of Mankinholes, perched on the hill above Todmorden, nestling below Stoodley Pike

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

11 June 2016

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Climbing up to Stoodley Pike from Hebden Bridge

 

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An impressive row of narrow strip fields enclosed by dry stone walls

 

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Bog cotton thrives up on the moors

 

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Looking down towards Mankinholes and Lumbutts from near Stoodley Pike

 

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Hay meadow brimming with buttercups, flanked by rough moorland and grazed fields

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

10 June 2016

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Abel Cross – a pair of imposing coffin stones above Crimsworth Dean

 

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As featured in a photograph by Fay Godwin and a poem by Ted Hughes in Remains of Elmet

 

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Crimsworth Dean on a sunny spring afternoon

 

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Bemused sheep encircled by a trio of fledglings

 

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Fields dotted with grazing at Grain Farm in Crimsworth Dean

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

9 June 2016

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All change in Crimsworth…

 

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In May the woods were carpeted with blue…

 

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Now the hills are showered with gold 

 

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And curlews circle watchfully overhead

 

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Study in green and gold

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

8 June 2016

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Akroyd Farm in Pecket Well, an ancient dwelling encircled by buttercup meadows

 

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Fieldscape at Pecket Well with scattered handloom weavers’ cottages and farms

 

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View across Hardcastle Crags towards Stoodley Pike from Walshaw

 

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Swerving off into Crimsworth Dean from Hardcastle Crags

 

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Crimsworth Dean – the ‘secret valley’ as we call it, or ‘happy valley’ as it was known by Ted Hughes 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

7 June 2016

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Fields fringed with lacy white cow parsley

 

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Vivid green grass on the hilltop meadows… 

 

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…provides the perfect backdrop

 

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An avenue of cow parsley near Walshaw above Hardcastle Crags

 

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Contented ewes and lambs grazing on the high meadows above Hardcastle Crags, with Slack Top on the opposite hilltop and Stoodley Pike beyond

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

6 June 2016

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Pastoral idyll on ‘the tops’ above Hardcastle Crags 

 

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Sheep grazing on the shoulders of the hills…

 

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…above the steep wooded valley of Hardcastle Crags

 

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Hilltop meadows tinged with yellow as the buttercups erupt

 

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The omnipresent Stoodley Pike thrusting up above the high meadows beyond Hardcastle Crags

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

5 June 2016

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Golden hay meadows in Crimsworth Dean brimming with buttercups

 

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Sheep grazing on the high meadows above Crimsworth Dean, with Stoodley Pike in the distance

 

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A chunky sheep, a rugged wall, pale tussocky moorland grass

 

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The lush woodlands of Hardcastle Crags in all their spring finery

 

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Walshaw Lodge overlooking Hardcastle Crags

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

4 June 2016

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Stoodley Pike  cresting the hill above Mankinholes

 

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Buttercup-rich wild flower meadows on the tops near Lumbutts

 

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Yorkshire alpine meadow

 

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Fields of gold above Todmorden

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

3 June 2016

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Views from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well near Hebden Bridge on a perfect spring morning with the meadow in full bloom

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

2 June 2016

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Doe, a deer…

 

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… a female deer

 

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Circling her new-born kid in the field next to Elmet Farmhouse (see 1 June entry below )

 

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Protecting her offspring from predators…

 

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… and besotted nosey parkers, such as us!

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

1 June 2016

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Springwatch at Elmet! This beautiful roe deer…

 

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… gave birth to this tiny little kid in our field last week

 

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Mother and child doing well – here’s the kid having a feed

 

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And this is where it all happened – in the long grass of our hay meadow – with the backdrop of Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike. You can see just see the hind in the field on the lower right….

 

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And here she is leaping through the buttercups and sorrel, circling round protectively while her kid is curled up in the grass

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick