First walk of the New Year-West Wood

Bracing but beautiful day after a series that have produced wind, rain, hail and fog, so on with the boots and out into the air. I will post some pictures over the next few days as I have a couple I really like, so I am going to feed them through slowly.

We visited West Wood, which in April will be one of the most magical places on this planet, as it is a bluebell wood of surpassing magnificence. And if you haven’t experienced the glory that is an English bluebell wood in full bloom, I SO recommend it. I know I am biased, but you have to trust me on this one.

But in January-it was quiet with deep sense of peace. All is sleeping, or so it seems at first glance. How misleading first glances can be. There was not much bird song, but there were feeding flocks of blue tits and great tits, calling to each other as they moved from tree to tree. And at ground level there were definite signs of life. But that can wait until tomorrow.

My favourite part of the woods are they huge stands of beech trees, as in both of these pictures. The top one has a holly in the centre of the picture, 10 feet high, to give scale to the beeches. And just look at that blue sky. Sunshine in January is a gift.


4 thoughts on “First walk of the New Year-West Wood

  1. If the clouds parted here, we would be off on a walk too! But no such luck as yet…it has been storm after storm coming in off the Pacific, and we have at least 4 more days of this ahead.
    Ah well!
    Thanks for the lovely pics…looking forward to some more.

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  3. Glad you had a lovely weekend Judith. We were really fortunate with the weather down here, a few light showers, but the rest of the days fine and dry, we accomplished so much out in the garden. I agree with you about bluebell woods, I always love to see them, and look forward to this spectacle every year. x

  4. Hope the weather is easing up for you soon Allie.It’s been a harsh winter over there on the West Coast this year hasn’t it?

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