Wednesday, 11 November 2009

A Monday Autumn Walk.

A cold, misty and dank day on my outing on Monday 09th November, but that does not belittle what was a quiet walk in the woods. The Beech trees have just about shed all of there lovely coloured leaves forming an eye catching chestnut carpet, what a wonderful picture. Trees like the Sycamore are still trying to hold onto there summer colours. The evergreens are putting on the style this time of year and even cones that have dropped can still be thing of beauty when the sun glistens on them.

I happened by a small burbling stream that I followed for sometime before hearing the lovely sound of cascading water, a small overhang of rock gave way to a small waterfall, I could not resist a picture. The sun come out for a short while and the affect on all things is quite remarkable we all like to feel the warmth of the sun on our backs myself included. The squirrels decided that it was time to come down from the trees to scurry and forage on the ground looking for the last of the Sweet Chestnuts and Acorns trying to fatten themselves up for the coming lean winter months.

The little squirrels can no longer hide amongst the large lush green fern canopy which has all but died back changing to a bedraggled brown colour, but in its own way quite pretty when offset with the the green of the grass, lichen and evergreen trees. I managed to walk too a piece of high ground where the view over the woodland canopy was stunning with there greens, browns, yellows, blues and whites the sun struggling to come out and burn the mist off from the tops of the trees.

The best of the day came at midday when the sun was at its highest and the autumn chill was taken out of the day, that said there was a cold bitter biting wind, the key was get out of the wind into the sun lovely. I was not the only one to try and achieve this I came across some pony's moving away from the grazing on the moorland to eating up the gauze bush's prickly old job
but which allowed them to be out of the wind and in the warmth of the sun, drinking from puddles in the tracks.

There was a distinct lack of birds on Monday why that was I am unsure, however I did come across a few Great Tits that seem to follow me, they just wanted me away from that particular part of the wood I assume? they moved so quickly I was unable to take a photograph of them maybe next time.

I stopped for dinner with my friend and decided to head back in the early afternoon sunshine wandering down a small track I suddenly came upon a large Fallow Buck grazing away from his herd, he had not seen me at first which allowed me to get my camera out and hastily take a photo, the Buck soon realised that I was there and was gone before I could take a second photograph, but a lovely treat to round the day off.

A pleasant Autumn walk all be it chilly at times but enjoyable.

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