Absolutely wonderful to be so close to this majestic beast who thankfully still retained some of his wild instinct as he was very aware of me and my camera but did allow me to photograph him before trotting off!

Absolutely wonderful to be so close to this majestic beast who thankfully still retained some of his wild instinct as he was very aware of me and my camera but did allow me to photograph him before trotting off!

 With all the windy weather we have experienced lately it's always a joy to find some hardy leaves desperately clinging on and I wanted to capture the mood and movement of this element and this beech was perfect. Capturing an essence of something in an image isn't as easy as I thought it would be but I enjoy learning how to stop and pause before clicking away!

With all the windy weather we have experienced lately it’s always a joy to find some hardy leaves desperately clinging on and I wanted to capture the mood and movement of this element and this beech was perfect. Capturing an essence of something in an image isn’t as easy as I thought it would be but I enjoy learning how to stop and pause before clicking away!

 With Valentine's day not far off as we are now in February. I couldn't resist posting these two pine cones together, sitting quite happily on their branch.

With Valentine’s day not far off as we are now in February. I couldn’t resist posting these two pine cones together, sitting quite happily on their branch.

 Another Valentine inspired image that I spotted amongst a pile of wooden planks, discarded for the time being, whilst the owner waits to place it in it's new home ready for the Spring nesting to begin.

Another Valentine inspired image that I spotted amongst a pile of wooden planks, discarded for the time being, whilst the owner waits to place it in it’s new home ready for the Spring nesting to begin.

 Two again! Ha! I have never seen these funny looking ball shape seeds before, there was a huge tree very ancient by the look of its bark and height and all around the branches hung clusters of these funny little things. Grizzly thought it might be a Yew tree, but I'm not sure without looking them up. They just caught my eye and I think they are cute! If you have any ideas I'd love to know what they are.

Two again! Ha! I have never seen these funny looking ball shape seeds before, there was a huge tree very ancient by the look of its bark and height and all around the branches hung clusters of these funny little things. Grizzly thought it might be a Yew tree, but I’m not sure without looking them up. They just caught my eye and I think they are cute! If you have any ideas I’d love to know what they are.

This week and the weekend seemed to be all about nature for me and I am my most happiest when I am fully immersed in its bounty! The days are getting slightly longer, there is the glimmer of light in the early mornings and evenings which heralds the chance to begin getting outside more and attending a neglected winter garden.

I finished my ‘Blind date with a book’ which I did thik would make a great film. Currently I am reading about someone who didn’t spend on treats/holidays etc over a whole year in the bid to save a ton of money. Some interesting observations which got me thinking about consumerism. Plus followed the story of a news reporter from my home back in Devon trying to spend a week without using plastic. Harder than it sounds.

I hope you all have a wonderful month, Januray seemed a bit strange and flat and complicated in many ways and I often wonder if that is due to the weather and trying to find our rythm again after a festive break. Atleast with February we can look forward to leaving late winter behind and welcoming in Spring as tulips and crocuses, snowdrops abound in plenty!

Keep warm.

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