Spring is Springing
Wednesday, February 17th, 2010
After so much rain yesterday, a lovely spring-like day was a real tonic!
Linford – early morning – a misty start.
A misty morning in Linford Bottom.
Looking into Little Linford Inclosure, the young beech trees stand in ghostly lines.
Lichen in macro.
A single shaft of sunlight penetrates the denser trees of Pinnick wood in front of a many-trunked holly.
An old oak tree with a beautifully mossy base in Pinnick Wood.
And a really ancient oak outside the woods.
In many parts of the Forest you’ll see a flat line along the bottom of trees known as the browse line, here you see how it happens!
As I return to the car the sun starts to rise above the trees sending fingers of light onto the lawn in front of Little Linford Inclosure.
Cross Lanes – Mockbeggar to Newlands Plantation and back over Ibsley Common – late afternoon
Late afternoon light over Blashford Lakes.
Mockbeggar sleeping quietly in the sun.
Intriguing clouds lit by the sun.
This looks suspiciously like a rain cloud? I hope not!
Walking through the remnants of the Newlands plantation I get a view over to Rockford Common looking very autumnal.
Zooming in on the view towards southern Dorset.
Looking across to Whitefield Plantation.
Zooming in on the view across to Cranborne Chase – far more murky that way.
Into the setting sun.
As I come to the end of the walk I regret that I can’t walk further – this is shaping up for a beautiful sunset. However, a huge bank of cloud over Dorset swallowed what was left of it within minutes!
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