In the forest

November 24, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

First published: 16-Jul-2011

 

Today instead of getting up early to see the dolphins I took it easy (enjoying some lovely cups of fresh coffee in the morning sunshine) and went up into the forest to see what was going on there. I haven’t been to the forest for a month or two and thought the grass would be a meter high. But maybe the forest has suffered too from the autumn-like weather. In the garden lots of plants have just died because of a water overdose.

 

It would have been nice to see some squirrels, but to be honest I wasn’t really expecting any. After two months they are not really expecting a hazelnut-treat. They may have been up in the big oak trees, but the forest is so dense at the moment that you can’t see much of what’s going on.

 

Speckled Wood Nonetheless I enjoyed being back. It is so nice to see the same patch of forest throughout the year in all kinds of conditions. Compared to a few months ago the forest is very quiet. A chirp here and there, some crows defending their territory, but non of the overwhelming chorus of chaffinches, various tits, robins, blackbirds.

 

There were lots of insects buzzing about and speckled wood butterflies. One of the butterflies was bravely defending its own few square meters of forest against intruders, such as other speckled woods, bees etc.

 

Despite the forecast it was pretty sunny and warm in the morning. I stayed in the forest for a few hours, but it started clouding over and when the thunder and rain started it was time to go home. Funnily enough while writing this text I hear the great song ‘The Forest’ by The Cure on my favourite Dutch online radio station (Kink Classics).


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