What a grey day…

We visited Rowney Woods today, unfortunately it was incredibly grey and dull and the photos taken showed that all to well. So let’s step back to the 28th December of last year when we saw this sunset and moonrise as we left the woods.

Moonrise and Sunset at Rowney Woods

If you’ve been following this blog for a few months then you may recall the Viper’s Bugloss, sea of purple photograph taken looking out of Rowney Woods back in July. That field now looks like this.

We finally made our escape from the confines of the house and Christmas and took a stroll around Rowney Woods this afternoon. Plenty of wildlife on view today including 3 hawks of some variety, a large variety of tits and finches, a number of grey squirrels and 29 deer. Not too bad for an afternoons visit…and the sunset wasn’t too shabby either.

Winter had certainly arrived on Sunday when we arrived at Rowney Woods, we even had the remains of some light snow in parts and the wind was very cold.

The woods, as you would expect, are now looking very forlorn. Not long since, this junction was shrouded in green vegetation, now, not so much. And you would think it would be easy to spot deer now – but absolutely no sign of any – very poor!

We finally got out and about again after 3 weeks either stuck indoors ill or out visiting family so it was nice to visit Rowney Woods today. Having just commented that we hadn’t seen any fungus in the woods we immediately spotted these.




A small family of these had gathered on the lawn in front of a delightful thatched cottage on the edge of Rowney Woods.





On the way into (and, indeed, the way out of) Rowney Woods there is a long, quite dreary walk down a stony road with old nissen huts down one side (presumably left over from the Second World War) and a field on the other side. The road is lined with young oak trees, and when these mature, should provide a nice avenue into the woods.

For once, there was something slightly different to see this last Sunday. Overnight we had reasonably strong winds and it was still blowing when we arrived at the woods in the late morning. The wind had certainly taken its toll on the leaves and the trees were now looking quite bare. Many of the leaves had been blown into the wire fencing between the road and the nissen huts.

The pine stacks are slowly being taken away from Rowney Woods, as soon as you walk into the woods you immediately smell the fresh pine so it will be a shame when it’s all gone.

The woods are in constant change at the moment with autumn nearing completion and winter just round the corner. Where once you could only see a few feet into the woods from the path, now you can see for 30 or 40 yards. You’d think this would make spotting the deer a bit easier, but there were no sign of them in the woods today – we did see a large group running across the sugar beet on the edge of the woods though.

This jolly family of fungus was photographed in Rowney Woods (where else) back in September. I’ve included a picture of the full family tree along with a picture of one of the single families 😉

 Fungus Family Detail


Plate Fungus

I like mushrooms and I like finding fungus of any type to photograph, so much so that we both keep a close eye out for it and are almost as excited by its discovery as we are when a deer makes an appearance…well OK, maybe excited isn’t really the word.

I know absoulutely nothing about fungus and, having had a root around the internet, it would appear that fungus identification is a pretty complicated art – so I just decided that these must be plate fungus – no idea if that even exists in the fungus world.

Obviously these fungus were interesting because of their size and nutty brown top

Plate Fungus

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