Posts Tagged "the woods"

Fri, 15 October 2010 all things pass in beauty

Another shot from the recent misty morning. At this time of the year the woods undergo a slow deflation until we are left with stripped perennial trees, shrunken shrubs and the hardy evergreens.
It can be sad to watch this transition, but there is consolation. There is always beauty if you look for it, even [...]

Thu, 14 October 2010 seasons of mists

In ‘To Autumn‘ Keats referred to this time of the year as the ‘Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’.
The chilly days of autumn have descended. I’m wrapping up in a scarf and gloves for my daily morning walk with the dog.
Yesterday, a mist invaded the woods, muting birdsong and muffling the weakening sun. The [...]

Sat, 09 October 2010 two nobles

There are a lot of Holly trees my local woods. Not that you’d notice during the summer, when the other trees flounce about in their finery. Lately, I’ve noticed Holly’s re-emergence as one of the dominant personalities of the woodlands as we spin further into autumn.
The above photograph is of a Holly tree growing [...]

Tue, 05 October 2010 capturing the spirit

The weather in the West of Ireland could best be described as mercurial today. As I type the wind whips the trees in my back garden and stampedes piebald clouds. A sudden, violent deluge of rain has just ended. Looking out a window at the front of my house I see sunlight streaming through an [...]

Sat, 25 September 2010 beautiful fungus

Today I noticed a small track in the woods I’d never seen before. There are a number of old earthen paths criss-crossing the heavily wooded sections which connect to the main trail I tramp along most days. Many of them are little more than a memory of a passageway through the trees, and often fade away [...]

Fri, 24 September 2010 autumn wood light

This morning during my walk in the woods with my dog Minnie I heard a weird bellowing honk – obviously made by a large bird – followed by the sound of large wings beating as it soared away. I never saw the creature, despite spinning around to catch a glimpse of it.
In my imagination it [...]

Thu, 23 September 2010 frog hide

Today, I noticed this chap leaping through the undergrowth in the woods. He was shy, and I was towering above pointing my mobile phone at him, so it’s not a bad snap considering the circumstances, and the greyish light.
It’s the equinox today – an unusually late one – and it’s also a full moon. [...]

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