Back to Rowney Woods this morning where we saw a whole mass of fallow deer. we started by seeing a loan stag patroling the edge of the woods on his own, he looked quite young.

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I’m sure it will come as no surprise to anyone who has followed this blog for a month or two that the Rowney Woods would feature again. We paid another early morning visit last Sunday, but with the days drawing in we were able to leave at a much more reasonable 7.00am to get there shortly after sunrise. As usual there was plenty of wildlife out and about and we saw a number of fallow deer.

Todays photograph was captured as we were heading out of the woods – you can see a colour version of this on our Flickr page, but this is a black and white version catching some of the autumn mist hanging in the air.


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Cut Pine

Cut Pine

You may recall our post a month or so ago talking about the condemned pine trees in Rowney Wood – you can see the post by clicking here. Well, here’s what happened to them!


Walking in Rowney Woods at the moment you can’t help but notice the large number of acorns under foot, along with the busy scampering of the grey squirrels collecting them for future use. Some acorns cling to their oak tree taking on a very brown appearance as seen here.


A quick and simple post today – a view from yesterdays visit to Rowney Woods:


Back to the woods, and back to the fungi. I like this picture of the fungi because it’s not perfect in two ways, the depth of field is a little too narrow and the state of the fungi leaves a lot to be desired! Have you ever found a perfect fungi? Strangely though I think it works in a strange kind of way.


Back to Rowney Woods between Thaxted and Saffron Walden in Essex.

These woods abound with wildlife and we saw something on Sunday that we haven’t seen before here – a frog:

I mucked up taking this photograph, I’d forgotten to change my f-stop and was at f14 so I had to use On One’s excellent Focal Point 2 to blur out the surrounding vegetation – apologies to all the non-photographers out there who have no idea what I have just said 😉


This Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) was photographed in Rowney Woods a week and a half ago, but it is becoming more and more common to see these throughout the year. Previously these would only be present in the UK between May and September so it will be interesting to see if this is one of the last Red Admiral’s we see this year or if we continue to see them into autumn and beyond.


In an attempt to see more deer in Rowney Woods, we got up at 5 in the morning today and arrived at the woods just before sun rise.

It was certainly worth the effort – we saw 2 muntjac deer and 3 separate families of fallow deer – one family being made up of 4 deer. Unfortunately, because of the early hour, the light was really poor so taking photographs was difficult. Here’s a muntjac deer enjoying breakfast on the edge of the woods.

Here’s one of the best shots of the fallow deer:

Fallow Deer in Rowney Wood


This is the second muntjac deer we have seen in 2 visits to Rowney Woods recently. These are clearly very timid creatures – as soon as this one spotted me, and to be fair, I was standing right in the middle of the path, s/he was off into the wood proper. It was still great to see a genuinely wild deer, even from a distance.