It’s been real….

corn_fields_Epagne20jul_0005I felt like I was Roger Hammerstein as I walked along the forest paths this morning. There was a bright golden haze on the meadow, and the cattle were standing like statues but unfortunately the corn wouldn’t reach up to an elephant’s dick, let alone his eye. The reasons that I am wandering, light headed, along forest paths in the early morning are twofold. Both are black, with curly hair with a penchant for putting their nose in other creatures’ business. I suppose the Marquis de Sade is the only human, that I am aware of,  who is well stables_21july_0016documented for doing the same, but I wouldn’t care to go for a walk in the woods with him. It just came to mind that Gilles de Rais, better known as Blue Beard, a psychopath and sodomist of this parish some 600 years ago would have enjoyed sniffing some excrement with the poodles – how aptly named they are. Wolf hound, poodle: they do what it says on the box. Our two poodle guests have had the effect of getting me out walking, early in the morning. It gives me such pleasure that I don’t know why I don’t do it every day. I do know why I don’t do it every day: it’s because the idea can be better than the fact. As in the gestalt view, there is the illusion that the whole is other than the sum of its parts. I often ponder how good the walk would be from a prone position and in semi consciousness. I’ve had many a good walk that way….one slip on the keyboard could have changed that sentence for the worse. Today is the last walk in the current series. It’s been real, doggies, but there lies the problem.


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Photographer and film maker living in France. After a long career in London, my wife and I have settled in the Vendee, where we run residential digital photography courses with a strong gastronomic flavour.
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13 Responses to It’s been real….

  1. Mad Dog says:

    Those poodles always remind me of Cymbeline and Vincent Price in Theatre of Blood – that’s probably close to Blue Beard 😉

  2. The poodles seem to enjoy the scenery. I am jealous of them.

  3. Eha says:

    Well, meaning only the best [hmmph 🙂 !] – personally I feel ’tis a pity your four-legged exercise-needing pooches are away: you KNOW deep down how good those walks have been for you . . . . .:D !

  4. Tandy says:

    I don’t take our dogs walking often enough, even if I like the thought of doing it!

  5. If you’re really unlucky, you meet little old ladies who are walking their dogs too, and try to get you involved in a conversation about the dog’s health problems.

  6. Karen says:

    A walk in the woods can be very peaceful as long as the dogs don’t spot an animal along the way.

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