It feels like early September. Today was my first day 'off' in three weeks, so I packed up my rucksack and went sketching in Kings Weston Woods. I thought you might like to join me as it's been such a beautiful day.
I'd like to introduce you to my favourite tree, a very old Sweet Chestnut. It's branches reaching out always seem to be giving me a welcome, and it has the most beautiful textured bark.
The sunlight dappling the leaves and the woodland rides was just perfect.
Right in the middle of the wood I found a beautiful clump of wild cyclamen I've never seen before. It was so dark I needed the flash to take a photo!
The heavy rain we've had this week had brought up so many fungi. I think I disturbed this snail 's supper!
Another of Kings Weston's historic trees (of which we have many!) This gorgeous old lime tree is over 300 years old!
Bracket fungi on one of the beautiful beech tree trunks. This is the 'Artist's Fungus'; so called because if you write on the white velvety underside with a sharp point, it stains brown.
Back out on the grassland I watched this little carder bee forage for nectar in the opening buds of white dead nettle - a sight I usually associate with spring! In complete contrast, all the wild parsley plants have gone over and are seeding. Their stalks are brown and stiff; tiny multi coloured snails can be found tucked in to the crevices. This one was particularly beautiful.
It was a great afternoon and I've come home inspired - now off to create some new designs!x