A Fall in Time: Week Five
13th to the 19th of October 2010
Five weeks in the woods. By any measure, this is a long time to stay out amongst nature but, to me at the time, it felt perfectly normal, natural. I had thought I would begin to miss certain aspects of the less-wild world, but that had not materialised. Instead, I only wished more of my friends and family—and even total strangers—could experience the changes which went along with life in the woods.
This particular week, the weather was noticeably more autumnal. Sharp and heavy hail storms lashed my shelter, and the temperature began to inch its way downward. The deer were in full rut, the sound at times tremendous, waking me. They did not seem to care about my presence, there were far more important things to be doing.
Here is a rather bad video of that soundtrack of my nights, and parts of my days. Filmed on a Canon SX20IS camera, it is not the best quality, especially by today’s standards, but it might give you an idea of the clashing of antler and roaring of stag. Not to mention the changing colours of the oak woods. Taken at dawn on the 16th of October, 2010.
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