I’ve really felt like I’ve had a bit of cabin fever so far this late autumn. It’s dark when I’m not at work and I’m running in the dark mornings. Life with the girls is as busy as ever too so evenings are full on. Just getting a daylight walk in the country air with the dogs has been a challenge!
Well, yesterday, after dance classes were over and with the weather as mild as I can remember it being in mid-November I declared a dog walk. Verity invited her pal M along too. So on went my walking boots and off we went for a walk through the fields on the western border of our town.
The benefit of a good walk
I really do find a good walk in the fresh air does me the world of good. It sure is a health benefit that we should all recognise more and do more of. I know I am a runner and reasonably fit, but most people can manage a walk. It clears the mind and gets the blood pumping so also good for the heart.
According to the NHS, a brisk 10-minute walk has lots of health benefits and counts towards the recommended 150 minutes of exercise per week.
Awesome Autumn Photos
I was armed with my camera and nature did not disappoint. I was sure glad I had the lightweight Canon EOS M50 with me and not my heavier DSLR. Why? Because Dottie, our ageing Dalmatian, has now decided that she is incapable of getting over styles. Okay, she a large Dalmatian, some might say overweight. She did, though, refuse to even attempt them. So, it was left to me to heave 40kg of dog over them!
Aside from the heavy lifting, I capture some awesome autumn photos. I edited them all using a Trey Ratcliffe Adobe Lightroom preset and then tweaked each one a little. I was looking for this slightly washed out look that I think works really well with the autumn colours and light.
The autumn light was simply gorgeous – as were the girls enjoying the fresh air and open spaces.
It’s now “tupping” season so this tup was all harnessed up with his crayon, going about his business. Delilah knew he was the daddy sheep and I explained that the crayon helps the farmer know which lambs the tup has fathered. She left it at that, and so did I!
Fields have been ploughed, scarifies and replanted now. There’s something about the neat lines in fields of crops that I find very satisfying.
Once we were well cleared of the fields of sheep, Duke was in his element. Playing his favourite game.
And the girls were in their element too. Running around, playing and exploring.
You can’t climb a big, grassy hill without running down it whilst screaming! If it weren’t for the large amount of sheep poo I would have let them roll down it. But, it was bad enough coming home with two stinky dogs.
Of course, very can’t miss an opportunity to show off her flexibility either!
And that was out Saturday afternoon, autumn walk in Kirkbymoorside. Getting one final shot with the dogs was almost a success!
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2 thoughts on “Long Shadows & Sheep – An Autumn Afternoon Walk”
A fabulous ramble, and great photographs to prove it. And so beneficial exercise-wise. Including the dalmatian power lifting!
Oh, the powerlifting. I will have to think carefully about where we walk her now! Thanks for the comment.