2 Jun 2015

Magical Mountain Hares

One beautiful evening, Kyle and I went for a walk into the Peaks which turned into one of the most magical of moments.  We wandered for over an hour on a dusty valley path which snaked along the side of the River Derwent. We spent time taking in the beauty of the place, the wild looking sheep and their lambs, the woodland, then moorland and even a couple of bumbling, blue oil beetles.  

The path took us deeper and deeper into the rolling hills and moorland, and further away from civilisation, but eventually made an abrupt ending.  We decided to walk up the side of the valley to take in the view from the top. What we came across when we reached it was beyond wonderful.  
The air was so still and if you held your breath, there were no sounds other than that of nature; no cars, no aeroplanes, nothing.  We listened to the sounds of grouse and pheasant, but then suddenly realised we could hear something scampering in the dry heather.  To our amazement we were actually listening to the sound of ten plus mountain hares bouncing through the undergrowth.

To say it was a magical moment is so much of an understatement.  To see the hares, let alone hear them was wonderful enough.  As an animal lover, I was just dumbfounded and stood there watching and listening for what felt like forever.


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  1. Your photos are so beautiful!...I live in the same neck of the wood as you but have never seen a hare, you were very lucky:)

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    1. Thank you! Oh yes, I felt SO lucky to see one let alone a load of them. Don't imagine it'll happen again x

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  2. I adore hares, they're so elegant, untouched and precious. Lucky you for managing to snap one - they move so quickly!
    x

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    1. Aren't they just? Ah yes, you should see how many photos I have that didn't turn out well haha! x

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  3. Love your photos! What camera do you use?
    www.tscarlett.com

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    1. Thank you! I use the Canon 60D with a variety of lenses. If you'd be interested, I'll do a post on my kit? x

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  4. Lovely photos! That really does sound like a magical moment. I love seeing wild animals up close and in their natural habitat.

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

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    1. Thanks Mimmi :) Oh yes, it is so wonderful x

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