September Sundown at Dallam Park

It was a beautiful Saturday up on the Solway Firth with my dad, there was a slight hint of “autumn” in the early morning and early evening, but a lovely sense of sun and summer still in the air. I drove up to spend the day with dad and we played around with telescopes and binoculars on the estuary, watching herons and swans and other local bird life.

Driving home, still keen to squeeze the last moments out of a beautiful late summer day I came off the motorway a couple of junctions early at Crooklands so I could drive down the A6 to see if the deer were close to the river at Dallam Park. A perfect time of day to see the sun shining through the branches along the riverbank. I wasn’t able to stop to take pictures so have had to use one I took up in Scotland on August Bank Holiday weekend. It felt like the last of the summer sun and by the time I had got home there was a chill in the air.

Twilight sun shimmer

Deer grazing by the river

Sense of Autumn chill.


©Alison Jean Hankinson.


Today the prompt for dVerse Haibun Monday is komorebi which means sun that shines through the branches.

The feature image was taken at Threave just over a week ago, the other picture is of Dallam park, the deer shed is very near the river and the deer often congregate here. The image was labelled for reuse under creative commons- © Copyright Karl and Ali and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.



Author: alisonhankinson

Walking tall whenever I can.

28 thoughts on “September Sundown at Dallam Park”

  1. Yes it is all about the connection! I love your photo of all the deer. The deer may be annoying but I always plant extra for all the wild animals. surprisingly, they do not take advantage. Oh to see swans!

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  2. What a beautiful write. You reminded me of my visits to my parents in the fall, and the deer that gathered near their home. Those were the last days, and I long for them today. I wish I had somewhere to go “home,” to.

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  3. What a wonderful way to spend the day and I love the photographs. I live close to Cannock Chase and we get a lot of deer there. I will have to make the effort and go there again soon.

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  4. A beautiful haibun telling of a wonderful day and it is great to peel off at Crooklands and travel down the A6 for a while. I love to see deer and I remember seeing them by that shed at Dallam Park when we lived in Kendal :o) xxx

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      1. We lived in Kendal for eight years and have many happy memories walking our previous rescue dogs (who are now across the rainbow bridge) in Lancashire and in the Lake District, Silverdale and Morecambe Bay :o) xxx

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  5. You have lovely walks with your dad, Alison – I wish I’d had a few more like that with mine. Were they your own telescopes and binoculars? We have a few spots for birdwatchers here in Norfolk and I know what a treat it is. Plenty of deer here too. I thoroughly enjoyed reading a haibun from a kindred spirit, Alison.

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    1. Such a nice thing to say. We took a motley assortment accrued through the years….we wanted to see what was easiest to use and transport- dad walks a little sideways like a crab, he only has one lung left…so we were experimenting, the telescopes need tripods, he manages best with a monocular…It was fun, it is a popular walker/birdwatcher area- he talks to everyone and we cause general chaos. XXXX

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      1. I can remember when I first visited Norfolk with Ellen – she was ten or eleven and very interested in wildlife. We went to Blakeney and spend a morning in a hide, hoping to see something unusual. Ellen complained that she couldn’t see much without binoculars. Just before lunch, an old couple joined us and pointed out that there was a nest inside the hide with baby birds in it. I can’t remember what they were, but I can remember the excited smile on Ellen’s face!

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  6. A beautiful journey Allison. The September chill is definitely here and I don’t envy the deer in months to come.
    Time (I think) to drag warm clothing from the wardrobe…
    Anna :o]

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  7. Beautiful Autumnal write for this transition between seasons. This prompt has also reminded me of what my mother used to call “Indian Summer.” Those days, far and few between, in Mid September to early October when we would have high summer temperatures. I wonder if that terminology is even used anymore….or is just peculiar to midwest USA in my mothers’ days?

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