Overnight, as promised by the Met Office our weather changed. Yesterday it was shorts and T-shirt and searching for shade. Today its several layers and the winter fleece as essential clothing for this cold ‘snap’…well we hope it is only a snap.
So Sunday is far from a sun– day. It started dull, got duller and now you have to say dark. Not only that… its cold. The thermometer is at 6c but we also have a strong Arctic wind so wind-chill is a factor.
So on todays walk I have still tried to bring you some hints of spring brightness. I guess it is a matter of contrast. In todays dull weather the spring greens on the Beech (as on the one above) do appear to emit light.
I also spotted this bracket fungi in the shade. I must have walked past this sulphur yellow fungi several times during the week and not been aware of it…
The winds though are not just a cutting cold but strong enough for damage. A friend of mine used to describe winds at this time of the year as “God’s Pruners”….. just like a keen gardener, these winds find the weak leaves and branches and remove them. The woodland floor is littered with the product of its labours…. seems a shame but there has to be a purpose behind it all.
The only other real colour I could find to brighten the days walk was this Rhododendron with Cow parsley intertwined…
So there we have it. A very dull day after, what we had hoped, was the start of spring. Yep, the day just got darker…. I guess on such a day there is no need to tell folk to ‘Stay at Home’ in lockdown….. no one about.
I was reminded of a fellow Dog Walker who also enjoyed this little piece of Derbyshire. He past away last year at the age of 93. He was known to a great many in the Park, we all called him the Colonel – few knew his full name. We all agreed he was a real gentleman.
At the end of last year a seat was installed in memory of the Colonel. It is though the message on the plaque that seem very relevant in todays world… it is a message he often expressed….. appropriate I think.
I think Colonel Hind would have endorsed my message of
Please Remember ….
Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other
(C) David Oakes 2020