Sunday, June 21, 2009

Richmond Park

I know I've mentioned that I love Richmond Park at least twice on this blog, once in the last post. So what's so special about Richmond Park you say? Well, I'll show you...

This is Richmond. Not the park, the borough. Just giving you an idea of how lovely it is and you're not even in the park yet. Oh and yes that's the Thames River.

Richmond Park 1

This is a typical view in the park. And it's a sunny day, so there are lots of people there. Yep, that's lots of people.
See something in the grass in the distance, close to the trees? No? It's too far, right? Let me take you closer.
Richmond Park 2

Yep, your eyes do not deceive you. Deer. Dozens of deer. Hundreds of deer. OK not hundreds of deer in this picture or even in this area, but throughout the park. This is why I love Richmond Park. How come all the (apparently unmolested) deer you ask? Let me 'splain.
Richmond Park 3

Richmond Park belongs to the Queen. You've heard of her, right? Little, white-haired, 80s, answers to the name of Elizabeth, though there was another Elizabeth before her so she's the second Elizabeth. But why am I showing you a bunch of deer butts in this picture you say, interrupting me? Because I love the little bird perched on the middle deer. It's like those little fish that attach themselves to shark to clean them of parasites. Well, that's what it makes me think of.
Richmond Park 4

Anyway, it's the largest royal park in London and because it's a royal park, the deer belong to her. So you better not be gettin' up in her little crown about wantin' to shoot yourselves some deer now 'cause it's illegal. Just try to adopt a zen attitude, like these two gals...
Richmond Park 5

You know...relax, have a snack or beverage of your choice, like this young couple. Right? That looks like a young stag to me because he's only got 6 points and it looks like he's got 4 more coming out. Anyone more versed in the growth patterns of deer want to enlighten me?
Richmond Park 6

I don't know how you react when you see this, but I want to cry out "Bambi! I'm sorry about your Mama!" although technically, anything louder than a whisper sends them bounding off so maybe not.
Richmond Park 7

And now it's getting to the golden hour and--there's one of those birds again! And he's perched on the young stag! Had to take a picture.
Richmond Park 8

The most amazing thing is how used they are to people being around (as long as they don't get too close). I mean, seriously, when have you ever seen a Golden Retriever that close to a herd of deer? She wants to go home, he looks back wistfully at what could have been...
Richmond Park 9

Ah Richmond, I heart thee. If we'd been allowed to live with you while we were sequestered in this country, we totally would have. I'll miss you, but there are beautiful places where we're going too.
Richmond Park 10

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Jackie said...

beautiful photography. What a great experience!

Sophie Sportende Foodie said...

Lovely pictures, Hilda!

Richmond said...

Great photos - I love the one with the bird on the back of the deer!

Elizabeth said...

Is that really right in the middle of London? (I wonder if the deer stray to the neighbourhood gardens or if they're content with their several hectares)


Pat said...

Great pictures!

Unknown said...

Very pretty deer! And pictures!

Stacy said...


Corinne said...

lovely pics!

Kat said...

How fun!

Jeanne said...

I know exactly where that viewpoint is where yo can look down and see the island. The deer are just crazy - visitors that we take there can't believe their eyes.

Sari @ Cook Your Dream said...

What a wonderful place, I love Richmond Park.

Ted said...

Awesome wildlife shots!

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