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Bradgate Park re-visited: Up close with the Fallow Deer

Last weekend my very good friend Barry and I had an opportunity to go up to Bradgate Park for a couple of hours.  I wanted to show Barry the park as he had never been there  before.  It was a very different morning to the first time I visited the park with Janet.  There was no mist this time around, only a clear blue sky as we made our way into the park.

Young Male Fallow Deer Grazing, Bradgate Park, Leicestershire

At first there was no sign of the deer but as we moved further down the path I spotted what I thought might be a group of Fallow Deer sitting up on the higher ground.  I decided to try to get nearer and to my surprise they didn’t seem bothered by my presence at all as I moved closer.  I managed to get quite a few shots of this group of young males, including the three photos here.

Young Male Fallow Deer Resting, Bradgate Park, Leicestershire

It was great to get so close to these beautiful creatures and the thin veil of cloud that suddenly appeared from nowhere came at just the right time to give me some lovely diffused light for these shots.  I appreciate that some people might not like the amount of vegetation that is obscuring parts of the deer but I’m just happy to have captured them looking relaxed.   Click here to see some more of my photos from Bradgate Park.

Young Male Fallow Deer, Bradgate Park, Leicestershire

This is definitely a place I look forward to visiting again, especially in the autumn and winter.  Just for the record, we also called into Rothley Station for an all-day breakfast (Woof!) before heading back to Leicester to see an exhibition of photography hosted by Leicester and Leicestershire Photographic Society, which included no less than seven of my prints.  A very enjoyable day!


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