Through a Wood Darkly (a Responce)


Inspired by Sue Judd’s post (

Yesterday, for a change the sun shone bright, so we headed for the open moors to catch the Heather in bloom….. and that is a treat.  There is though another treat and that is climbing on twisting tracks through Oak and Birch woodlands to reach those moors.

The scent of Heather drift down but the aroma from the Ferns was equally as heady and stimulating.

Woodland may be dark but never dull 🙂


But dawdle too long as the moors and heather await



They say the journey is as important as arriving…… I think I agree 🙂

On the journey or on arrival…..

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

24th August

(C) David Oakes 2021

From Salt Marsh to Woodland…. not a bad start to August


We had a treat this week.  As we live bang in the middle of England, a visit to the coast is a ‘real’ treat.  We had cause to visit the Lancashire Coast on family business, but that also gave us the opportunity to enjoy one of our favourite walks.  We chose the Salt Marshes alongside the River Wyre estuary. The tide was way out so the estuary did look as if someone had pulled the plug.


These sea washed marshes provide a thriving environment for Samphire and Sea Lavender and of course swaying clumps of varied reeds. 

Even though the tide was out there were still a number of Curlew and Oyster Catchers singing with their evocative call across the marsh…..  most of course were further out at the tides edge seeking their next meal.

Also it is very wise to check the tide tables.  Very soon the waters would creep in and cover the marsh once again, but for a few hours its is always a magical spot and for us better than a sandy beach…


Next day was quite a change of environment.  Back home it was the familiar woodlands.  They may be very familiar but everyday they are different.

We still have more summer to come, so I do hate to say this, but this mornings light had a subtle but none the less very noticeable autumnal tint to the light, true the angle is lower and just that little bit further south than at this time last week…  the warmth is still there and it does bring out the scent from pine and  bracken…


They say “a change is as good as a rest”……  and Salt Marsh to Woodland Glades is a pretty big change.  The distinctive salty ozone air producing a cooling breeze over the marsh – to the woodland aroma trapping in the warm air under the woodland canopy.  

It was a welcome change for all of us, including Buster, he also loves to roam the marsh, but I think he also rather enjoyed relaxing back in his familiar home woodland…  enjoying the dry and warm sunshine whilst he can….


If you are at home, or indeed exploring further afield…..

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

7th August

(C) David Oakes 2021

#TreeSquare (3) …. It will be Here Soon

Autumn will soon be here

Summer is passing us bye, and at quite a pace…… so it will not be long before the colours of autumn grace our trees.

A Square Tree for Becks challenge :- The shadow of a tree – The life of B ( #TreeSquare

As always in our current world…

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

5th July

(C) David Oakes 2021

Dark in the Woods…. but cool!


Lea Woods, Derwent Valley, Derbyshire

Sun fighting its way through the leafy canopy of Lea Woods.  Long shadows providing some cool on a hot day.

New season Ferns and the aroma of last season decaying leaves create a unique spring early summer atmosphere….. maybe we should bottle that scent, its rather special.

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

12th June

(C) David Oakes 2021

Better than Predicted……..


A Sunday morning that was so much better than predicted.  Sunshine, fast moving clouds and until mid afternoon none of the rain that was forecast……  I am glad those forecasters got it wrong.

A real spring like morning on our walk.  Certainly bright down by the Lake.  Up in the woods, a different story. It is now rather dark.  The new leaf canopy casting its shadows that will now be with us till the late autumn.



The Bluebells that have depended upon the sunlight will now fade back into the ground where, with luck, they will multiply for the next spring.  Till they do their vanishing act they are still putting on a brave display…

Even when you were out in more open areas, the trees where now casting dark shadows…. but this is spring and the feeling and the look was of a perfect day…..


Now…. if that old country rhyme is correct, we now know we are going to get wet…..  but not as wet as we might well have done.  The Oak is well and truly in full leaf – whilst the Ash is still struggling.


The year continues to make its cyclical changes, real spring weather, which on a morning like this is also a tonic.

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

16th May

(C) David Oakes 2021