Saturday, 3 March 2018

The Beast from The East inhabits the woods...

2018 has got off to an interesting start regards the weather. Here we are just into March and we have been told that we have just had the coldest recorded March day.....EVER!

Right across the press and media were reports of The Beast from The East...

On Wednesday February 27th I decided to pay a visit to Comfort's Wood to see how things were looking, and sure enough, the beast was inhabiting these woods too...



I apologise for the amount of snow photographs that follow, but it doesn't happen too often and I wanted to record it as best I could...





















































As I write it is now March 3rd and we have had quite a thaw locally today. I am hopeful that winter has had its last hoorah and we can now move on to springtime in the woods...



Wednesday, 10 January 2018


The first sunrise of a new year in Comfort's Wood


Wednesday, 13 December 2017

After the coldest night of the year, when temperatures across the UK fell to minus 13 degrees, these few snaps are how Comfort's Wood looked the following afternoon...























Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Bluebells and birdsong...



A short film taken on my phone of the blue-bells and birdsong. You may need to turn on your sound for this...


Music: The Mercury Tale by Jessica Yip


The blue-bells are spectacular this year and the smell is to be believed!













The spring greens look wonderful too...




And a large fungi that I spotted on a recent visit...


Monday, 27 March 2017

Blackthorn, bluebells and buzzards...


Another spring is making its presence felt in Comfort's Wood and Monday 27th of March 2017 turned out to be blessed with cloudless blue skies and warm temperatures. Time to dust off the camera and see what can be discovered on this one particular early spring day...

The surviving ash trees are flowering now



The blackthorn is looking great too

The first beeflies of the year are enjoying the wood anemonies



And there are plenty of them this year. It really does look stunning in the woods right now...










They are also attracting other insects to nectar...

This is a tiny hoverfly
The bluebells are about to burst into bloom




The primroses are already in full flower

For a lot of the time I spent walking around the woods today, I could hear the constant calling of buzzards from high above. This won't be of interest to you but I only had the macro lens on this day. The macro is for real close-up work and so there was no way I would be able to get even a half decent photograph of the buzzards who were a good 200 feet above me. Even so, I wanted to record the fact that they were there and so pointed the camera skywards and hoped. This was the result. Not good but at least I have a record of them being there to share...






I couldn't resist trying to snatch a picture of this robin either...




Back on the ground, I spotted this fungi along one of the rides...





There are plenty of celandine in flower too

A comma butterfly sunning itself
Cuckoo-flower

The cuckoo-flower seems sparse this year compared to others, but even so, there is enough to attract one of my favourite springtime butterflies...

An orange-tip butterfly (male)


It also attracted this large white butterfly
Little violets are flowering right now


The hazel is just starting to come into leaf and quite a few insects seem to find it attractive...


I shall be expecting to see the delightful, red leaf-roller weevils any day now. Meantime, and I think this was my favourite find of the day by a country mile; I discovered this bright blue weevil...

A Blue Weevil (Byctiscus betulae)

And that is about all. Not bad for a couple of hours wandering the woods...