Rain rain go to Spain

We are lucky in comparison with so many other places in the UK, in that we don’t have flooding just where I live. But the fields and woods are saturated and squelchy underfoot.
Without much enthusiasm this morning, before the next forecast rain due in about 11 am, I pulled on my walking boots and wrapped a scarf around my neck.

 

I didn’t have to go far before I stuffed my gloves into the pockets of my jacket, and pulled out the camera

 

??????????The old man’s beard is so noticeable at this time of the year catching whatever light there is, and shining against the drab hedgerows even on a dull day.

In the quarry an old tree was taken down – maybe last Spring, which was  a great sadness. It was an old willow and the early flowers were a huge attraction for hundreds and hundreds of bees… the sound of them all contentedly buzzing around the branches was incredible. I don’t know why it was taken down. It hadn’t appeared to unsafe…..

 

This is what is left of it – it has been moved and scorched, soaked by rain and left to stand in the middle of the grass.

 

??????????The tree had been a great shelter, and a place to meet, with an established fireplace and a bench

 

??????????… instead the stump is providing somewhere for fungi to grow

 

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Nature’s way of wasting not.

Author: Sarah

No time to lose. No, time to lose. Make time to stand and stare.... Did you see that?

7 thoughts on “Rain rain go to Spain”

  1. Hi Pseu,
    They’re fascinating aren’t they? Fungi and lichens provide so much colour in the winter months but I know very little about them

  2. I’m not knowledgeable either, but I find them hugely fascinating.

    A lichen is a sort of ‘joint’ organism I think … a fungi with something else that does the photosynthesis… I shall have to look it up

  3. Such a shame, no doubt some jobsworth council pleb deeming a perfectly good tree was a risk to falling!
    Not one jot of a thought towards the ecological value of same!
    We had the same here opposite, the owner, an idiot retired Sheriff, saw fit to clear out 5 acres of woodland of virtually all the trees, alive and dead. Needless to say he made at least a dozen rare woodpeckers homeless. Fortunately I have never allowed rotten trees to be felled (as long as they aren’t going to fall on the house!) We have several standing along the stream and have just left them. I also have planted native fruiting bushes there that attract birds/insects and improves general biodiversity. Needless to say we had a huge increase in our woodpecker population! Interestingly in the winter they will approach the feeder and eat selected seeds when bugs are short!
    The stream is an ancient game path for deer, coyotes and bear. By making it more attractive to wild species it encourages them to use it and keeps them away from the house and dogs. My motives were not solely altruistic!!!
    Being a wet/mild climate here we abound in fungi, ferns, moss etc to the point that one is positively beating it back on an annual basis, especially bad on cars, roofs and houses let alone the plants!
    I have to demoss the borders every year.

    Nice photos.

  4. It is a crying shame, Christina. I haven’t found out why it was felled.
    Glad to hear you let the trees take the natural way.

  5. Grim about the bees, being an early source of food for them.
    I note here by planting flowers to ensure a long flowering season, plus the native shrubs etc and the trees that I never have a pollination problem. All the veg gets done to death by a multitude of different pollinators and are very fruitful, more so than most. I note that we have many wild bees of varying types. I use no sprays on the land either, how to kill off everything, including ourselves! Provision of organic ‘lungs’ for creatures gives some respite to the horrors of modern farming.

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