Today’s Pictures: 31 Mar 21

‘Walking brings me back to myself.’    
Laurette Mortimer

For now, the daily shots from our walks in the local forest will continue here. And I’ll add another from my collection of pictures to show more of the world and its wonders. But these posts take up valuable writing time, and can be an irritation to readers who follow my posts for information about my books and writing, so I will stop them eventually.
If shared on social media, more people will be able to enjoy the natural beauty of our world, so please do that if you can. Thank you. We might also restore a bit of love and respect for nature and help slow the damage we’ve inflicted on our world.

All photographs here are my own, unless otherwise credited. More of my pictures can be found here. And a small sample of my work lives under the ‘Gallery’ tab, top of this page.

12 thoughts on “Today’s Pictures: 31 Mar 21

    1. This track, once used by forest management vehicles, is steep, but not the steepest one in this part of the woods. It’s a good job a lot of the foresty management is done with tracked vehicles, Noelle, as ordinary wheeled ones would never make the climbs!
      Surfers? Not seen any on this particular stretch, but we’ve only visited the location twice, in the early summer, so probably not the best surfing weather.

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    1. There’s a mix of green sources here, Lynette. As well as the evergreen trees, there is an abundance of ivy that climbs many deciduous trees, there’s moss and grass on the ground, and a special form of pale green lichen that loves the oak trees. But there are the very first signs of spring. The willows, and the hawthorn in particular, are slowly unfurling their leaves. And, yesterday, we counted half a dozen butterfiles of three different species! We also came across a herd of fallow deer, about 10 -12 strong, warily crossing our path and then returning and re-crossing it as they tried to figure out which direction we were going to take. In the end, we just stood still until they disappeared into the thicket of young fir trees, where they vanished from sight. So beautiful to be ‘in’ nature like that; a privilege to share the space with wild animals.

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        1. I think all contact with wild nature is good for us both physically and spiritually, Lynette. There’s a small copse inside a part of the forest where we often walk and it has a definite atmosphere of welcome. There is a flat area among the old trees here and it gives the impression it may once have been a meeting place for people. We always feel peaceful and calm, and invariably stop for a while there to soak up that serenity.
          The birds here are now in full mating song; it really brightens the forest.

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          1. I’ve always known, from a young age, that listening to nature (not just birds) is good for me. It’s lovely that you have such a “serenity spot.” The Okanagan Valley (where my home is) has been awake and growing for about a month now, but not so up here. No song birds for a while still (lots of raptors and corvids though).

            An aside – autocorrect kept insisting on changing “corvid” to “covid.” That’s a comment on usage!

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            1. No songs from the corvids and raptors, Lynette. But the corvids can be entertaining with their curiosity and intelligence. and The raptors can be a joy to watch as they soar and hover in their hunting.
              Autocorrect! A blessing and a curse; so necessary to keep an eye on its activity, eh? It (Google’ Autofill) recently changed my personal details from my real name to my writing name in an enquiry I was making, causing me much trouble!

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              1. Corvids (ravens are up here, not crows) are very intelligent. They make plans and will act in coordination, and that means that they effectively communicate with each other. I really wonder how they make it through -45C and -50 periods. They will huddle up in protected areas, but even so, their ability to do successfully survive up here is amazing.

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