Nature Notes

Decay and Renewal

A couple of days ago I visited a local wood on a day that was cold, but with light winds and some hazy sunshine it was a pleasant early spring morning. In fact, regarding subjects to photograph in the wood, lighting conditions were almost ideal and I was spoilt for choice as to which to choose. Carpets of snowdrops, knarled and twisted tree stumps both living and dead, damp and decaying fallen trees covered with a thick light-green moss, and the floor of the wood was covered with a thick tangle of brown rotting leaves. Not far away to the east a woodpecker could be heard drumming on a long dead tree. The only thing missing was the sun's beams penetrating a rising mist, but even Nature cannot be completely perfect all the time.