Wednesday, 14 November 2012

A Blaze of Glory...

We have been so lucky recently...November is, so far, unseasonally warm and even sunny at times. Such a contrast to the terrible storm conditions that have battered large parts of the Eastern USA and continue to cause problems for so many....so it feels extra special to be walking in the flaming woods today...

the leaves crunch beautifully and look so gorgeous in the slanting sunlight...

the beech trees line the wide path....like a living gateway

beech is so common around here...but I still never tire of looking at the colours and patterns of the leaves....

bright lime green...yellow and all shades of brown and orange...

and this lichen too...so commonplace that I almost pass it by...

until that vibrant colour stops me!

We make our way to the top of the sunlit hill....

stop for a while to take in the view, which is always the same and yet so different every day...
and then on the way back, we discover toadstools everywhere...

under trees...

tiny ones poking out through the grass...

attached to fallen, rotting branches...

and sometimes a splash of brilliance, quite as lovely as the leaves...


Not so many scarlet, spotted fly agarics this year...so it's wonderful to see one...they always look as though they are missing a gnome, perching on top with a fishing pole!

December & Christmas are around the corner...but for the moment, I'm savouring every moment of this golden time and all the beauty it holds...

Hoping that November is being kind to you too...and sending much love! xoxo