Photos: Deer Rutting in Richmond Park, London

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After spending most of the year in incredible locations such as Antarctica, Australia, Svalbard Arctic, South Africa and Croatia, it’s no surprise that I’ve found the return to London somewhat of a challenge. For the most part, I am happy to be back – it’s been nice to unpack my bag, I am enjoying being back in my flat, it’s great to reunite with friends and replenishing the bank account is helping my 2014 travel and photography dreams feel a little more attainable.

But it never takes long for the routine of daily life to unsettle me.

So how do you deal with a wanderlust that needs recharging but is never completely dormant? How do you satisfy a photography hunger when you are limited by the boundaries of your home city?

When you live in London, you head to Richmond Park.

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I leave far enough away from Richmond Park that it feels like an adventure getting there. A 4am rise, two night buses, a friend’s car and a walk helped me arrive in time for sunrise.  Dedication or desperation?!

The effort to get there makes Richmond Park an annual pilgrimage for me and my favourite time of year is November. The park explodes with vibrant autumn colours and the deer rutting season is well and truly underway, with large males roaring and clashing antlers in an attempt to fight off rivals and attract as many females as possible.

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Deer have been roaming free in Richmond Park since 1529 and there are more than 600 red and fallow deer in the park today. As the park stretches for more than 2,000 acres, deer sightings are probable but not guaranteed and take some walking to discover.

Visualising a backdrop of frost and mist, I ventured out to the park two weekends in a row.  Alas, the weather had other ideas but short stints of soft light, vibrant autumn colours and entertaining deer made for an enjoyable escape from city life.

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Kellie is a traveller and photographer who is most at home when exploring the world beyond it. Through the intersection of her travel, writing and photography passions, she shares her experiences to inspire others to create there own. The desire to live life instead of existing through it has introduced Kellie to inspirational locations throughout seven continents and from this a passion for landscape and wildlife photography has evolved. She feels a particular connection to the polar regions and Africa. You can see more of her photography at www.kellienetherwoodphotography.com

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  1. Great shots! We used to get tons of deer in the backyard at home in North Carolina. Thanks for sharing!

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