A Real signal that Spring is on the Way


Wood Anemone….

Early morning Spring sunshine is starting to open the buds of the Wood Anemone. Even once they start to flower, they keep the buds shut until the sun catches them, then slowly unfurl their outer white leaves to reveal the delicate golden centre.  At the end of the day the close up tight again. 

Sadly they are only short lived.  But for a short while they grace the edges of our woodland paths..


It will not be long now before the Bluebells are covering the woodland floor with a carpet of Blue.  Wood Anemone, like Bluebells, rely upon this brief spell of early spring, when the life giving sun can reach the woodland floor.  Once the Tree canopy, of new leaves, casts its dark shadow over everything, they will fade away till next Spring.

Please Remember to ….

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

6th April

(C) David Oakes 2021

Larch….. and needle drop

Upper Derwent Valley, Derbyshire

Through the Larch and Pine, Upper Derwent Valley, Derbyshire

There is a time in the woodlands, that I think rivals the golden drop of autumnal leaves.   Different in colour and feel, but just as magical in its own way.  Tall Pine with their straight trunks casting equally tall (long) shadows in the low sun, walking below the Larch, whos needles dry, change colour and drop…. they crunch and form a soft carpet as you walk below the now bare tree tops.  Then of course you have to add that distinctive Pine wood aroma…..  Magic Memories are made on such days 🙂

Please Remember ….

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

7th November

(C) David Oakes 2020

Early Start…..


It was already warm,  the forecast is for another scorcher.  So it was an early start for a “cool” walk in the woods.  Rather good to be out before many other folk arrive to disturb the solitude and quiet….quiet that is apart from the birds who were all in full song.

The other noticeable change from last week is that the sun is already much lower in the sky and also on  this clear morning, showing a hint of  a yellow glow.  Yep, like it or not we are heading towards autumn.  Right now the woodlands are rather green and lush and still have that early summer scent.  Great to be out .




Long dark shadows.  Glades that glow bright and just the barest hint if a breeze

The perfect start to any day.

25c at the moment and set to rise,  so best head home and find the shade

Please Remember ….

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

8th August

(C) David Oakes 2020

A very Different Day…… Sun and Heat return


Yesterday we were hunting for sun on a very drab day.  This morning it was a case of hunting the shade…. sunshine and a rapid rise in temperature.  So it was the woods we headed for.  Those dark shadows were quite appealing..  Ferns, bracken are subsuming everything at ground level.  Rhododendrons are managing to keep their heads above it all……  and the sun through those new bright green leaves cast a green tinted light over everything.   All rather nice to be able to explore the woods away from the Bank Holiday crowds…..  (well here they are not crowds just more folk out than usual – so cannot complain)

Did I say it was hot!….   well just ask Buster.  Happy enough to run through the woods but also pleased when he could persuade me to head for home….   he does remind me that he wears a fur coat!


Yesterday I posted an image of some wild Welsh Poppies.  Wild as in self seeded.  They pop up everywhere, apart from   our flower borders.  Today as the sun shines they have their heads pointed up looking for the sun…


They may be spreading, but we are not going to deter them……. we reckon that if they like our patio so much and that  have chosen us, then leave them be and enjoy their company


On the way home we spotted some Ox-Eye Daisies tucked into a quiet corner…..  it reminded me that it will not be too long now before they will grace our wild flower meadows.

Now I wonder what this Yo Yo weather will bring us tomorrow.

Please Remember ….

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

25th May

(C) David Oakes 2020

DP Weekly Photo Challenge – Prolific

LakesFresh Wild Garlic

It is that time of the year when our woodlands here in the UK start to burst into life.  From nowhere shoots force there way from the hard ground, spread and flower….but it is always a short life as those woodlands trees develop their own leaf canopy and exclude the vital light from the woodland floor.

One of the stars (and one of the most prolific) of our spring woodlands is the Wild Garlic with their clusters of white starts that contrast so well with the soft green of the foliage.

A PROLIFIC display beneath the Beech Trees my suggestion for this weeks DP Photo Challenge.

You can see what others have suggested on this link:-

via Photo Challenge: Prolific

19th April

(C) David Oakes 2018