On Sunday morning I decided to go for a walk with my camera.
This was an event for two reasons.....
Firstly, I have been having problems with my knee for the last four or five months so walking any distance was difficult, but the last week it had been feeling better, so I decided to try it out and go for a gentle stroll to the wood.
It is only across the main road, probably less than half a mile away, but it was much further than I have managed to walk lately.
Secondly, I wanted to go to the wood to look for 'fungi', which is this months photographic challenge in one of the Flickr groups I belong to, so took my camera on the walk.
I had a very enjoyable stroll, even walking up the odd slope and over some uneven ground, but the knee held out really well. Unfortunately, not one glimpse of fungi did I see - so I guess the supermarket shelves might have to be the place to look, initially!
I didn't want to waste the walk, nor the fact I took my camera with me, so I turned it into a 'Nature Ramble', just like I used to do with the children when I taught in a village school!
I looked up, I looked down, and all around me, which meant I saw a wide variety of ground cover, hedgerow and climbing plants, plus some interesting trees and wildlife.
I took over 50 photos, but I selected just these as a cross-section of the flora and fauna I saw on my ramble.Meadow buttercup, conkers - the fruit of the Horse Chestnut, white popular leaves - green on top, white underneath and bird's foot trefoilDaisy, white clover, cow's parsley and dandelion.Rose bay willow herb, red clover, selfheal and thistleCherry Plum tree, wild honeysuckle, brambles, dog rose.
Finally a very determined crow. I watched him from a distance, after his raucous call alerted me to his presence. He had found a discarded packet of savoury snacks... puffed wheat perhaps? Obviously there was only a couple of pieces in it, and his feathered friends were trying to get in on the act. He had this big piece in his beak and try as they might, he wasn't letting go!
After a few minutes they gave up and he hopped along the grass verge, proudly holding his prize aloft!
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