Uttlesford

Another glorious day meant it was way to hot to venture out until 8.00pm in the evening. With sunset not until 9.20pm that’s not such a problem, the woods were still really dark with the heavy summer canopy blocking out much of the sunlight…so, this is a public footpath we (still) haven’t followed across the field of barley. I haven’t done any HDR for a while – so it was nice to run this shot through Photomatix to create this shot.

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It’s poppy time!


It’s been a year or so since I last visited Hatfield Forest so it was nice to have an hour trotting around some of it this afternoon, even if it was rather drizzily when I arrived.

The sun started to break through when I got to the lake and the early evening continued to brighten up until I left in full sunshine later on. A couple more shots after the break:

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We always get these pretty little flowers at the bottom of our garden. I’ve never noticed the pollen/stamen before.


We had a walk around Garnetts Wood this afternoon…this shot was taken just before the heavens opened and we got soaked. On returning home (about 3 miles away) we found there had been no rain at all there!


From this mornings walk…he was a very busy squirrel!

 


Occasionally we get the odd Greylag Goose paying a visit to Doctors Pond and this chap was a fine specimen, strutting his stuff amongst the squabbling ducks and Canada Geese. Sad to report that we are down to 4 ducklings now from the original 7.


Despite dire warnings of cold weather and rain today, we ventured out in the morning and visited, for the first time in a long while, West Wood, just outside Thaxted. It was a lovely, bright mild morning…thanks weather forecasters! Lots of new growth was everywhere including the common spotted orchids that abound here. They are still a little young at the moment so today’s picture is of some new Forget Me Not’s that are starting to emerge.


A very rude woman sat in a convertible car started shouting at me as I stopped to take this photograph…she was, apparently, watching a chap drag in a fish from the pond…something that happens about 40 times a day during the fishing season, What the silly woman didn’t realise was that, if she simple asked politely I would happily have backed away…strangely haranguing me from her car didn’t achieve the result she wanted. They moved the car along to continue their surveillance of the “fisherman” uninterpreted  by my use of the public footpath!

I ended up with this picture of the Easter decorations that had been added to the barrier 😉


More cuteness from around Doctor’s Pond this morning…plenty more pictures after the break…

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