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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

A misty morning in Linford Bottom.

Into Little Linford Inclosure

Looking into Little Linford Inclosure, the young beech trees stand in ghostly lines.

Lichen

Lichen in macro.

A single shaft of sunlight penetrates the denser trees of Pinnick wood in front of a many-trunked holly

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 mossy base in Pinnick Wood

An old oak tree with a beautifully mossy base in Pinnick Wood.

And a really ancient oak outside the woods

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!

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

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

Late afternoon light over Blashford Lakes.

Mockbeggar sleeping quietly in the sun

Mockbeggar sleeping quietly in the sun.

Intriguing clouds lit by the sun

Intriguing clouds lit by the sun.

A rain cloud? I hope not!

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

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

Zooming in on the view towards southern Dorset.

Looking across to Whitefield Plantation

Looking across to Whitefield Plantation.

Zooming in on the view across to Cranborne Chase - far more murky that way

Zooming in on the view across to Cranborne Chase – far more murky that way.

Into the setting sun

Into the setting sun.

As I come to the end of the walk I regret that I can't walk further - shaping up for a beautiful sunset

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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