Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Bilbo Baggins - Explorer!
This is just a quick post,I have Kaitlyn here for the day and she is asleep now so I have a chance to do something. You forget how time consuming babies are! I uploaded the photographs last week after Bilbo and I had tried a new walk. There may be more from yesterday as well - depends on Kaitlyn!
This is the path up through the wood which is predominantly beech, It isn't much further from where I live than where I usually go so I can't think why we've never been here before. It was a glorious afternoon, warm and sunny - typical of this autumn.
It has been a particularly good year for fungus and this one caught my eye as we walked along.
This my name tree with the sun streaming through it highlighting the berries which are still thick on the branches even though the leaves are almost gone. She is Rowan - the Lady of the Mountains.
Almost at the top - this is one of the many little moorland streams with a bit of typical Derbyshire(and Yorkshire and Cheshire) dry stone wall. The whole scene was so pretty and fairy like that I couldn't resist photographing it.
When I got right to the top this is the sky that greeted me and I thought 'oh,oh!' All was well however and the clouds passed safely over.
This is from pretty much the same spot yesterday.
All the odd shaped balls of twigs on the silver birch which look like rather untidy bird's nests are witches' brooms - these are made by a parasitic fungus called Tephrina betulina.
One of my favourite sights in winter - the outline of bare treees against the skyline. Even better when seen against a vivid winter sunset.
Spot the dog!
I think this photo is really lovely - though I say it perhaps as shouldn't:)
Bilbo Baggins hopes that you enjoyed the walk as much as he did.