Wild Garlic Season is here again

At last it is spring and the cold weather is (or should be) firmly behind us. It must be spring as the local woods have, seemingly in an instant, come back to life and the forest floor is invisible beneath an unfeasibly thick and never ending sea of ramson leaves. Yum yum. It was very pleasant to munch away on such pungent fresh green-ness.





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The Arum Book writing project now has its own page at wildarum.co.uk which will showcase (if that is the right word) excerpts from the book as it is written, over the coming year. Progress will be uncertain, spasdmodic and random to be sure. Sometimes perhaps only paragraphs. Sometimes possibly whole chapters. Who knows. We shall see. Its going to be an interesting journey. Check out the ‘about’ page for the background of how this idea of a book on Arum Maculatum has grown.
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Lake District Explorations

Just back from a week in the Lakes. Great to be back there and though this was not a photographic trip per se, one cannot go to the Lake District without coming back with some neat looking images. So here’s a few picks:

One of my favourite views; looking East from Buttermere.
buttermere


Across Buttermere to still snow covered peaks.
buttermere

Grizedale was thick with mist when we visited. The woods were very fairytale like.
grizedale forest

grizedale forest

Bird tables gathered around a fallen and upturned pine.
grizedale forest
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Arum Maculatum

Even though it is still literally freezing cold each night, in the woods outside Bristol, the Arum plants have appeared en mass, the first sign of new green amongst the leaf litter of the woodland floor. Beside this surge of new fresh growth, the ivy and ferns which have stayed green throughout the winter now look decidedly old and worse for wear. If all of these plants turn into the amazing hoods which these plants develop then these woods will present a fantastic display in a month’s time.

arum maculatum lords and ladies
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Exmoor View



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