Yesterday was a lovely day and after the slight excesses of Christmas Day, Boxing day is always good for a walk. It was surprisingly warm, although a little crisp but because it was an easterly and we walked mainly on the west of the hill, we were quite protected. It was good to see in some sheltered spots that a few buds are now back on a few of the trees, it is always nice to think that Spring is around the corner. I am not a winter person.
It was such a lovely walk that I thought I would share a few images. We walked to the top of the Hermitage and took this photograph looking out over the town of Bridgnorth.
As we were standing there in the relative warmth of the sun, we also heard the sound of the steam train. The Severn Valley Railway runs from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster, this shot was snapped just as it reached the bridge. I love the chug, chug sound that it makes as that old engine works.
The railway runs about 16 miles and mainly follows the route of the River Severn. Living in Bridnorth it is a familiar sound to us. However, the sound in the wood was mainly of birds singing. Although the next photograph is of a chaffinch that clearly was not impressed with our presence as he was chirping alarm sounds from the branches above.
As we walked, we coould also hear the unmistakable sound of a woodpecker echoing through the trees. Sadly although we stopped a while to catch a glimpse, he remained elusive.
The sky was an amazing colour and if it wasn't for the bareness of the trees, it could easily have been a bright summers day. It was lovely to take our time and just soak up the birdsong and kick leaves. Plenty of images were taken, I do tend to refer back for some of my artwork and the light was excellent.
I thought I would finally leave you with this one.I don't like it when people try to make money or attract votes by alarmist theories so global warming is something that I rarely discuss. However, Andy always says I am a tree hugger on the quiet and I do believe in protecting what we have, so here is the evidence, yep I do hug trees!
Photographs courtesy of AndyC