Springtime in Exmoor

25/04/2012

in Love Trees

This is a photo blog of some of the wonderful signs of Spring I have found in woodlands around Exmoor this past week or so. I’m hoping to see hawthorn flowers and bluebells by the end of the week. Can’t wait!

I can’t resist sharing with you one of my favourite Springtime poems by Phillip Larkin…


The Trees

The trees are coming into leaf

Like something almost being said;

The recent buds relax and spread,

Their greenness is a kind of grief.

 

Is it that they are born again

And we grow old? No, they die too,

Their yearly trick of looking new

Is written down in rings of grain.

 

Yet still the unresting castles thresh

In fullgrown thickness every May.

Last year is dead, they seem to say,

Begin afresh, afresh, afresh.

 

by Philip Larkin

Fresh Beech leaf

Fresh Beech leaf

Woodpecker holes

Woodpecker holes - the bottom hole is full of dry moss!

Baby Wood mouse - Apodemus sylvaticus

Baby Wood mouse - Apodemus sylvaticus

Blackthorn flower

Blackthorn flower

Tree roots

Tree roots

Bumble bee feeding on a Willow flower

Bumble bee feeding on a Willow flower

Whortleberry

Whortleberry - or bilberry, or blaeberry, or myrtleberry...

Willow flowers

Willow flowers

Speckled Wood

Speckled Wood

Rowan flower buds

Rowan flower buds

 

 

All photographs are protected by copyright, Helen Anderson 2012. Please ask permission before using. Thank you.

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Roderick Leslie May 7, 2012 at 17:28

What a lovely evocation of Spring, Hen ! And a good moment to pause and reflect what its really all about – the incredible wealth of our woodlands, most species not super-rare but as a community quite fantastic from the bumblebee to the woodmouse – and the beay=uty of trees coming into leaf & flowering – often overlooked compared to more garish garden flowers, or even wild meadow flora. I think Ash is my favourite – but some of the conifer flowers are well worth a closer look.

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hen May 7, 2012 at 18:09

Thank you Rod!

Know what you mean about the conifer flowers, I’ve been trying for years to get a decent photo of a larch flower (is larch classed as a conifer?!). I’ve found this one online, really beautiful!

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-sbTp93bE6Cs/TZiZhXUuoWI/AAAAAAAAAjU/lkm-yiXOR9s/s1600/03.04.11%252C+Larch+flowers+at+North+Cliffe.jpg

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