You can’t accuse me of rushing things, I prefer a leisurely approach to posting up my photos. I’m currently only about half-way through 2018 as far as processing photos goes.
Back in the early months of 2017 I spent a lot of time wandering the forests of Berkshire (and Buckinghamshire, and a reasonable amount of Oxfordshire) looking for a degree of peace and getting to know the wildernesses that made themselves available. The woods are beautiful in winter time, they may sometimes be a little bleak but I love the remnants of autumn colour, the slowly collapsing foliage and clean outlines of the leafless trees.
The cold air and rising mists, the tail ends of the year’s fungus, the deer who struggle to find a place to hide and the birds of prey seeking out their next meal all share the space with you. A scarcity of other walkers (no offence other walkers), cyclists and joggers bring a sense of peace and a greater connection to the natural world around you.
We’re running into spring now, so as ever I’m posting this a little late, but come next January, get yourself some warm clothes and head out into the forests, just try not to disturb my peace when you do 😉
The Woodland Trust website has some great guides to finding woodland near you and lots of information on the nature therein. The Forestry Commission also has a website to help you find woodland near you.
Here’s some of my favourite images from winter 2017 (the January end), mostly taken around Burnham Beeches, Maidenhead Thicket and Crowsley Park.