THERE was a fantastic night sky yesterday - the moon was huge on the horizon. It was full and bright, and there were only a few wispy clouds. I popped up to our local park, which sits on a hill, to capture some piccies with my 400mm lens.
A mixed weather Sunday where we dodged the sharp showers and bathed in bright sunshine. We enjoyed this sliding in the mud of Lower Woods in South Gloucestershire.
I was hoping to find fungi to photograph, but we ended up doing a quick circuit with little time to look. Many of the tracks were quite hard going, especially where the ground was on a slope, and the stream to high to ford, but just it meant that we found a different path to take.
As its a native woodland there are no exotic red Japanese maples of the local magnet Westonbirt Arboretum, but the hazels (below) and the oaks were nevertheless beautiful, and we saw only 6 or 7 people all day in the woods themselves!
An ancient coppiced alder hanging over the stream was of particular interest as it played host to a field maple, ash, bramble, ivy, mosses and ferns - all protected from the ravishes of browsing deer.
I found one or two rather attractive toadstools:
We sheltered from the rain under an obliging holly, just having finished our lunch.
Waiting for the rain to stop I noticed quite a few puff balls (Lycoperdon excipuliforme)
This oak apple gall was an interesting find:
Back in Bath the rain passed over and the sun came out: