A bit of a picture post today 🙂 ! All these shots were taken during a full day’s walking that took in some really ancient woodlands. It was just amazing and I spent a long time exploring this part of the walk, with old disused coppice woods, some conifer woodland, and some ancient mixed woodlands, all jumbled into one seemingly short section of my day.
There is so much beauty in these old trees with their misshapen limbs and their lichen and moss covered trunks. These are the wise old sages of the woods.
Just the way they grow is mind boggling – one ring for every year of growth which makes the tree above around 180 years old before it was cut down.
The bugs must be loving this – so many places to live or hide. So much damp! That means the birds must love it too – so much food!!
I’m not usually keen on coniferous woods, but even there, there is beauty with those tall erect trunks.
The path wound its way through the forest with trees stretching out their old limbs overhead. It seems amazing that more haven’t been blown down because they look so vulnerable.
Some have given way to the elements and lost branches. They rest on the ground, still attached by a sliver to their host.
On this day, the sunlight found its way through the canopy in places, dappling the ground like paint splatters left by an artist. The long branches almost seem to reach out for me!
Eventually the woods ended and I found myself out in the open again. I continued on my way, but thoughts of that old woodland stayed with me long after I had moved on! I was reminded of Joyce Kilmer’s words, ‘I think that I shall never see, A poem lovely as a tree’!
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