Arty journeys...


Monday, 30 January 2017

Short walk at Coombe Wood.

. . . but first - having had a quicker journey than expected, I had time to spare before my appointment with the dentist. A dull and very slightly misty morning but I liked the wonky fence and church building - seen from the car park.

I was surprised to see how much the view had changed when I came out again.

The return journey took me in and out of pockets of mist but it was completely mist free by the time I reached Coombe Wood. 

The pond was clear - fish were lurking near the edge of the pond. The gardener stopped for a short chat. 

Some of the fish looked as if they were glowing. 

Clear reflections of the trees. No blue sky today.

 Azalea buds on a tangle of branches.

These flowers are coming to the end of their life but it was lovely to pause and breathe in the delicious scent that had reached me before I saw them.

Water droplets hanging like tiny diamond pendents. 

 Delicate tiny flowers 

 A veil of little beech twigs with beech nuts. 

The gardener in the distance clearing the paths. 

Tiny snowdrops pushing their way up through the bark pathway. 

The gardener stopped on his way past me to ask if I'd seen the fungus that I was standing close to. No I hadn't - I'd been so busy looking at the ground that I'd missed the big clusters of fungus up the tree.  

The gardener also pointed out a tree which had snapped and fallen down leaving just a tall sliver of bark standing which I hadn't seen.

It looked as if a creature, probably a squirrel, had been using the bark-less surface of the fallen trunk as a table but had been disturbed and had left part of its feast behind.

The gardener carried on clearing leaves.

Dainty feathery moss on an old fallen branch.

This moss is on the corrugated roof of the long shelter - it looked glittery.

Looking closer at the moss and the tiny little leafy shaped mushrooms. I've looked up moss structure online and found out that the little bits on the slender stems are called capsules. Around almost every capsule there was a tear shaped drop of water.

I got quite carried away trying to photograph the water droplets.

The droplets at the front were round and looked like miniature glass baubles.

A last look at the fish gently drifting among bare willow branch reflections

Thank you very much for joining me. 


  1. loving all those water droplets! Great to see signs of spring emerging at last. Am hoping to go to Kew on Saturday for the start of their Orchid festival - depending on the weather (it's not meant to be great!) I may be able to see if much is emerging outside, too....

  2. I hope you get to Kew - how lovely to see the Orchid festival! Looking forward to your photos.

  3. There are so many little worlds in your photos Angela, all of them delightful. There really is a glow around some of the fish too, I wonder what has caused that phenomenon?

    1. Yes - I do like the mini-worlds! Add the glow around the fish is intriguing! (More of a glow around the pale ones.)

  4. So much to be found even on a grey misty day. The tiny flower is winter honeysuckle and it is a treat in the middle of Winter.