Late in the afternoon the sun cast a warm glow across our garden, so we decided to go for a walk; we chose one of our favourite routes skirting a large wood, snow still lay in the shadow of the ditches.
It didn't take long before we spotted others enjoying the last rays of afternoon sunshine – a hare basks with his nose facing west towards the setting sun.
Hares are difficult to photograph at the best of times, but I managed to zoom in on this one – aren't its ears beautiful?!
And there goes another . . . racing along the skyline!
It was that time of evening when the deer come out of the woods to graze in the fields – a magnificent Fallow buck followed by three hinds.
In the fading light and against the brown fields they were difficult to see, let alone photograph. This group of female Fallow deer were on the other side of a tall hedge, I managed to find a gap through which to get a good view – they had spotted me!
You can clearly see the colour variation in the herd; the classic fawn and brown, and the very dark almost black 'melanic' variation.
The sky in the west was glowing brightly and we new we were in for a good sunset . . .
and then an extraordinary flare of colour – a Sun Pillar
Sun or Solar Pillars are the result of the Sun's rays being reflected and refracted by millions of ice crystals in the atmosphere.
You can read more about the hows and whys of Sun Pillars here.
A crepuscular spectacular! We couldn't have hope for more.