Yesterday was one of those glorious winter days - you know the ones I mean, sun out, blue sky, and a refreshing crispness in the air, a promise of colder weather yet to come, but for now, it's chilly but not unpleasant. Wanting a leg stretch, we donned walking boots (Mr EH) and Wellies (me) and took ourselves for a stomp off through the woods near to where we live.
We chose the long way round to get into the woods - walking first up the road a short way then across onto this playing field - and you can see why - as I said, G-L-O-R-I-O-U-S! It rapidly became clear when we realised how sticky it was underfoot a) why MrEH's rugby match had been cancelled and b) that wellies were the sensible-foot-wear-of-the-day. *grin* Anyway, as we were on the playing field we decided to see if we could pinpoint where the Hazel tree was - easy to spot at this time of year...
...and not quite as advanced as last weekends dangly little beauties. Just a small tree this one, and it bore precisely NO nuts last year, so we've issued it with a "must try harder" warning and will check back in late summer to see how it's doing. The next thing to catch my eye was this gorgeous little moss busily creating its own miniature world on a fallen tree....
Take one tree canopy, add a dollop of blue sky, and pinch of white cloud and a dusting of sunshine - just gorgeous and I just bet you can see why it caught my eye! I love these "looking straight up" photos - the trick to getting it to actually look like what you see when you just look up is to bring the camera to resting on your upturned face - never mind that you can't see the screen, trust me on this! Of course if you've got a camera with an *actual* viewfinder, so much the better.
A bit further on, and with the sun behind us now, we got the benefit of all those lovely long wintery shadows. And the colours! Brown from the tree trunks, flashes of bright green mainly from ivy, and the red of the fallen leaves.
Just to finish up, I persuaded the camera back into macro-mode for a quick shot of these rather soggy looking mushrooms. No idea what they are - although I suspect MrEH will identify them at some stage. Wouldn't it be nice if they were edible though! (And yes, before you say it, we are VERY careful about this and only ever eat anything we are absolutely 100% certain about!)