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Woodland Path


June 8, 2016 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Rooky Wood

The Rooky Wood

March 25, 2016 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lennel Churchyard

Lennel Churchyard

November 10, 2015 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Beech Tree in November Sunlight

beech in sunlight

November 7, 2015 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Lennel House

Lennel House 1

Walking on the other side of the Tweed, in England, I look across the water towards Lennel House, in Scotland, where Beatrix Potter used to spend her holidays.

alennel house

March 18, 2015 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , | 4 Comments

Walking in the Lennel Woods

Lennel Woods

Just woodland, shot almost at random, in May, with the sunlight coming through the light sprinkling of foliage, and the ground rich with old leaf-fall of autumn and the new growth of plants. Stumps of trees and fallen branches everywhere, birds calling. If one only had a cell to sleep in, it would be pleasant to have a mural all round the walls, with images of tree trunks, and leaves, and the sunlight filtering through.

May 9, 2014 Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , | 3 Comments

Beech in May

Leaves in May 2

There is a venerable beech tree beside the path that runs through the woods between Lennel and Coldstream. Whilst other trees are stil almost leafless, and still others are sprinkled with young leaves, this tree’s foliage shines out against the sky.  This bronze of beech leaves makes the sky seem almost mauve. The woods round here are deciduous, so swathes of flowers grow beneath them, unlike the conifer woods near where we used to live, where the ground was barren, and only foxgloves thrived in the occasional open spaces. When I went back to the Liddel Valley all the woods where I used to walk with my son had been cut down, the landscape was unrecognisable.  Lovely, therefore, to see the ancient trees in Berwickshire, and to be able to walk freely through these woods, in Scotland where there is no law of trespass.

Leaves in May 1


Leaves in May 3

May 4, 2014 Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Back View of a Swan


May 3, 2014 Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Walking Home Through The Daffodil Wood

Walking Through the Daffodil Wood

A beautiful day, but this man and his dog were the only people I met in the wood, which in Spring is full of wild daffodils and blackbirds and these grey-trunked trees.

March 23, 2014 Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Rooks and Nests

Rook Wood

This wood, that lines the Tweed from Lennel up to Lennel Cemetary, is quiet in the winter, but then in Spring the rooks take over, cawing endless, wheeling about the trees then settling in the top-most branches.  The nests are there, like growths in the trees, all the year round. Birds seem to make more noise on fine days. I found it hard to capture the rooks in flight together with the nests, but got a clearer image of two of them at the top of this battered-looking tree:

rooks and tree

Strange how different species of crow behave so differently.  The rooks do stay together in big colonies.  Crows are more solitary, though you do see them sharing road kill.  I was pleased yesterday to have two jackdaws feeing on the bird table, though they flew off quick when they saw me peering at them between the leaves. In an old house I once lived in the jackdaws would nest in the chimneys.  Every now and then a jackdaw fell in, and would descend, scrabble by scabble, till it appeared, blinking, filthy, in the fireplace.  One jackdaw started flying round the room early in the morning.  We had pale cord curtains, and big sooty prints of jackdaw wings were imprinted on the material as it flew round in a panic at being enclosed.

March 23, 2014 Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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