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This lonesome stag, perched on top of a gateway, is to us, a landmark is so many ways. Years’ ago, we would pass it, as a family going to the coast for a day out; it would tell us that we were halfway to the seaside. We also often passed it on our route to Cornwall, where we holidayed, when our son was growing up; on the outward journey, it would tell us that we were on our way, and on the homeward journey, that we didn’t have too far to go, before we would be back in the comfort of our lovely home. Now my wife and I pass it on our way to visit our grownup son, (now living in Exeter), reminding us of all those yesterdays which gives us, a warm glow in our hearts. To some it is just a stag on a gateway from a past era; to us it is very special.
Location: Charborough Park, A31, Almer, Near Wimborne Minster, Dorset, England

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I live in sunny Southampton,England with my wife June. Retired, I am able to dedicate more time to my hobbies and interests, which are, photography, photo manipulation, cooking, gardening, reading, sightseeing, chess, painting, a variety of music and computing.
Up until I was fifteen, I was known as Les, and as I lived in Hooton in the Wirral, I became known as Les from Hooton, hence my pseudonym “Hootonles”. Since my leaving Hooton I have preferred to use my middle Christian name John.

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  • naturelover
    natureloverabout 4 years ago

    Best image of the Stag yet! Should have called for a coffee Les, literally 2 minutes away!

  • I am so pleased that you like it, thank you, and for the fave :O)
    Had we known,we would have loved to have called in for coffee :O)

    – hootonles

  • Trudi's Images
    Trudi's Imagesabout 4 years ago

    An awesome shot,love the colour

  • Thank you so much, your comments are much appreciated :O)

    – hootonles

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKabout 4 years ago

    Awesome capture and great silhouettes.

  • Your comments and the fave, have made my day :O)

    – hootonles

  • WordOnPictures
    WordOnPicturesabout 4 years ago

    This is a superb image of the Stag Gate Les, love the colours, a perfect silhouette

  • Your comments and fave, are warmly appreciated; thank you :O)

    – hootonles

  • relayer51
    relayer51about 4 years ago

    Glorious capture Les and a heart felt explanation to go with the shot. Great work my friend it gave me a warm feeling to read.

  • Such a lovely thing to say Mark; thank you so much :O)Thank you also for the fave :O)

    – hootonles

  • sandraharris10
    sandraharris10about 4 years ago

    Been past it myself ! Well done :-)

  • I appreciate your comment; thank you

    – hootonles

  • Chris Goodwin
    Chris Goodwinabout 4 years ago

    beautiful pic les.;0)

  • Thank you so much Dawn, your comment is much appreciated :O)

    – hootonles

  • RedHillDigital
    RedHillDigitalabout 4 years ago

    Fine shot Les, would be good for the Wessex group, if you’re passing!

  • Thank you so much, your comment and info is much appreciated

    – hootonles

  • snapitnc
    snapitncabout 4 years ago

    superb shot les,and a great little story as well,mike

  • Your comments and fave, are warmly appreciated Mike; thank you :O)

    – hootonles

  • Jadon
    Jadonabout 4 years ago

    Fabullous shot..

  • Such a kind comment, thank you :O)

    – hootonles

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