Catching a sunrise proved a bit harder than I thought. On a nice but cold morning I thought of incorporating some exercise with a photo session. Thinking I got up early enough was my first error. It took longer to defrost the car than I anticipated. With the windscreen clear I set off on the short drive to my chosen destination.
The car park was covered in ice as I pulled in. Any thoughts of getting out again were quickly put to one side while I wrapped up and gathered the camera gear. The car thermometer put the outside temperature at -3 degrees C (note to self figure out how to do degree sign on the laptop).
A short walk later and this was the view:
Continuing along the in places, very icy path I came across some grouse.
These two seemed to be calling each other from either side of the path. Within a few seconds they had disappeared back into the undergrowth.
While most people use sleepers to build a bed or wall in their garden, at some stage it would appear they were also used for fences:
I don’t know how long these have been here, but the weathering would suggest some time. By now the temperature had increased to just above freezing.
Time to call it a day and see if the car will get out of the car park. Spoiler alert, it did.
PS. found the ° symbol. Eventually.
A walk in the woods – what does it do for you?
For me, I get outside, get some fresh air, say hello to other people enjoying the outdoors, listen to the birds and get to look around for potential pictures. I also pay attention to the weather, if it has been raining or is about to rain, watch out for squirrels or maybe deer and keep an eye on the light. While I do all that I get some exercise and get to relax.
And you thought it was just a walk in the woods 🙂
Some images from my last walk:
In the picture above I imagined the lichen to running off the cliff a bit like lemmings. I don’t know why. Now I’ve mentioned it you can see it too, cant you?
How about this one:
At first glance this fungi looks like it’s been stuck on this tree. I was fascinated by the shape and layering.
Talking of things that look like they’ve been placed:
I couldn’t have made a better job of putting this here myself. It’s like it was jammed up between the two branches.
This root structure looks more like some creature that is about to jump out at you. In fact I was expecting it to move while taking the picture.
On this walk I could hear some woodpeckers although they were quite elusive. There were plenty of other birds adding to the sounds of the wood. All of them seemed camera shy on this particular day.
So I wondered about looking at what else was around. We’re almost into spring here so in a few weeks this same wood should have more leaves on the trees. Hopefully a bit more colour and some sunshine too.
I am going to make a point of returning to see the difference.
And I won’t just be looking for the obvious…
Camera/lens: Nikon D5300, Nikkor 85mm Micro