Fog-Drenched Wild Ponies of the New Forest!

 A few weeks back on our way to the Isle of Wight with friends, we drove through the New Forest.  Unwittingly, unsuspectingly!

The rain lashed down furiously that morning as we passed the wild ponies that have come to be characteristic of the Hampshire woodlands; standing as silent sentinels watching the passage of time and traveller through the millennia. And I’m a dreamer, a hungry, insatiable one who’s constantly in search of the new, untouched and unblemished experiences that I haven’t tasted yet; and one who also has the pleasure and privelege of raising a daughter who is in that sense similar.

Driving through this beautiful, yet daunting geography on that grey and tidal day, I began to view Rahel’s small and chiseled face in Picasso’s reductive terms  –  her heartshaped face with its aquiline nose; her strong almond eyes condescending on her thin, small mouth now filled with emotion. In my mind’s eye, I’ve come to view that scene as one from a pastoral landscape, with the characters and their idealized desire for the unity of man and nature, a restoration with the Divine – a hairsbreadth’s distance, an abysmal divide!  I believe that being there made me feel that all we were or are is nothing more than a group of dust covered vagrants, passing through bare, intermediate landscapes! Maybe that’s what being confronted with the magnitude of nature does to us… so this morning, armed with coffee, camera and just one lens, I went back to capture a little of something we might never see the same way in more clement weather!

Here are these ancient steeds of the south photographed on a desperately foggy, damp,  5˚ C day!

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*This is my attempt at capturing a family moment, and I dedicate these ten photographs to  my Rahel…for being a fellow dreamer and a believer in the delicate beauty of wild horses!

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Comments

  1. says

    Beautiful words and even more beautiful pictures. I am lucky to live in Dorset not too far from here, and it is just one of the most stunning places.
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  2. says

    Thank you Elisabeth, you always get me so well :) Your words and your taking the trouble to keep up with this blog are things I appreciate greatly…I’m so pleased that we’ve managed such a lovely friendship online :) xx

  3. says

    beautiful photo’s. We were there over the Summer. It’s the most amazing place. We stumbled on a group of wild ponies walking through some woods and one of them took a real liking to my eldest and kept going over to her.

  4. says

    Lovely words and pictures Kanch. It feels like the fog and woodlands are alive in these images.
    I remeber you describing the New Forest to me, and this is an exact portrayal of your words.

  5. says

    That I think was an intentional effect, Carolynne :) I thought it went nicely with the foggy, dull day :) Thank you for liking them and for taking the time to stop by! x

  6. says

    Hi Kanchan,

    I just love you photos! I have been to the new forest and it was lovely to see your pics, just gorgeous! Love Cath x

  7. says

    Very kind words, Xandi, thank you :) I’m blushing with that very large compliment :) I will have to pop over and have a look around your space soon. Such a pleasure to make new connections. xx

  8. says

    How kind of you to say so, My Little Italian Kitchen! I am still overawed by the beauty of the new forest everytime I visi :) I feel awful that this blog has been inactive for so long, must get back to it soon. Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment. x

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