Hello dear Sparkfriends!
I loved the name of the village where my hike started today... Lalandelle... It made me think of 'lullaby'... I thought it was gentle and I hoped the hike would be a bit like that too. I wasn't disappointed, it was lovely... And of course, there was THE surprise too... but I'll tell you more about it later! :)
The first part of the hike was one of my favorite sceneries... pretty hilly green countryside...
Then it entered the forest, where I stayed for quite a while. But I didn't mind, because it was so peaceful and beautiful...
In some areas, there were some gorgeous ferns.
And some flowers! I think this one might be the bird's-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus):
And this one is a redshank (Persicaria maculosa):
This is all that is left of fireweeds/rosebay willowherbs (Epilobium angustifolium). They were so beautiful a few weeks ago! Yet, the way they dry is quite interesting, don't you think?
I really enjoyed the edge of the forest. I walked on that path for quite a while, and it felt good!
Then I went back deep into the forest. It was mostly pines at first. The smell was wonderful!
And it is when I saw THE SURPRISE!!!
At first I thought it was a deer, but it was actually a young hart (look carefully on his head)... I am not sure the English words are right though, I am not an expert in wild animals!!! [EDIT: It was a male roe deer, thank you QUILTINGB52 and NUOVAELLE!... Just checked the French translation, 'chevreuil', oh of course, it makes completely sense!]
I know for some of you, this is quite banal as you see wild animals all the time... But for me, it is great! It is the 3rd time this summer I am meeting a big wild animal (I think the first two times it was definitely a deer though), but it is the first time ever I am able to take some pictures of it. It made my day!
When he saw me, he stared at me for quite a while. I didn't move. I was quite far away (I used my powerful zoom to take the pictures, this is why some are a bit blurred as it is difficult to stay completely still)... But as soon as I moved, he ran away!
The last part of the hike was through the fields, and the light was getting that golden color it has on beautiful evenings (it was about 6pm by then).
I got back to Lalandelle just as the cows were going back to their farm for the night... The farmer was very happy I took their picture. He told me they liked to have their photo taken, it made them feel like they were stars! He seemed genuinely happy, it was cute!
I passed the school (isn't it a pretty school?), which will welcome children again from Tuesday as this is the day when most children will go back to school in France after the lllllllong summer vacation!
And that was the end of my hike! 3 hours and 45 minutes today. Pffff I'll sleep well tonight!
Thank you for all your comments and encouragements on my blog yesterday. I felt so moved you took time to comment in such a meaningful and sometimes very personal way. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
Have a beautiful week!