Two misty walks from Linford Bottom
Monday, November 15th, 2010
Linford Bottom is home ground to us, being only a mile away. For speed today, owing to other commitments, both Harry’s walks are from the car park there, but during the morning I walk up onto Rockford Common and back down through Great Linford Inclosure and just before dark, along Linford Bottom itself. Both walks dominated by misty light given such a still day.
As I walk away from the car park, the mist is ebbing away to the south and giving way to clear skies.
Looking up towards Hangersley and home, the mist still dominates the wooded top.
Most of the autumn fungi has gone now, but this fine birch bracket is still growing strong.
Up on Rockford Common, the track to Waterslade Farm is bordered by trees still hanging onto their autumn foliage – impressive considering the wind and rain we’ve had in the last few days.
Looking forward onto the common, which has been cleared of bracken over the summer leaving it looking very neat and tidy.
Focussing on the fine stand of Scots Pines. When close planted in the inclosures, these trees grow tall and spindly, but growing like this in the open, they take on a far more statuesque shapes.
A little to the left, there are lovely birch trees still covered in their yellow leaves.
My path converges with the top of Great Linford Inclosure and the sun, breaking free of the receding cloud and mist creates bright sun spots in amongst the trees.
Yellow!!! Oh, and some blue.
Under the Scots Pines, the cleared bracken lies in huge heaps.
Zooming in on them, the heat from the heaps steams in the cold. Compost anyone?
But then again, the bracken by the inclosure still standing, but dying away, is steaming just as much!
The Great Linford Inclosure has a wealth of different trees, here a birch tree in amongst pine trees.
On the other side of the path, beech trees and bracken.
Sun rays through the trees.
Now a different type of pine tree with moss covering the ground below.
Out of Great Linford Inclosure now, and the oak trees line the path.
Across the brook and looking into Little Linford Inclosure, the path here is lined with young beech trees still holding onto their orange leaves.
Back to the car park, with just a step across the river. Harry tried to be in the picture!
Heading back to Linford for our evening walk, the view up Linford Brook from the wooden bridge is just lovely in the dying light.
Alongside Little Linford Inclosure and looking back towards the sunset.
A New Forest Pony grazes quietly amongst the bracken, the sun has long set now and the mist in the twilight casts a blue light over the scene.
Looking back towards the last vestiges of the sunset and the mist accentuates the colours.
The mist and the low light creates a ghostly blur over the gorse and bracken.
Back at the brook by the car park, looking a little different to earlier in the day!.
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