West Wood

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.

I don’t know why, but this makes me think of Christmas.

I took just one photo today…this was it!

We had a walk in West Wood just outside Thaxted  this afternoon. The original shot was OK but lacked a proper subject so…who could resist a steel rhino?

I took a very similar photograph to this earlier this year when there were no leaves on the trees. Interesting how there is a very defined gap around the middle tree.

This was taken in West Wood just outside Thaxted. If you want to see common spotted orchids there are literally hundreds in bloom throughout the woods – I’ve never seen so many in one place.

Walking through West Wood just outside Thaxted this afternoon we saw plenty of Cuckoo Spit. Inside this, apparently, is a froghopper nymph.

The bluebells are well and truly out in Essex now. These were taken in a small wooded area around Quendon this afternoon.

A few more picks after the break…

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Finally, wild spring flowers have started appearing all over the place. These are Anemone nemorosa, or, if you prefer, wood anemone in West Wood, just outside Thaxted in Essex.

The Bluebells are starting to make an appearance around here. We saw plenty in West Wood just outside Thaxted on Sunday.

I remember these at school – great for hurling at people 😉

These were seen in West Wood near Thaxted