It has been the coldest March on record in the UK. As I write (on April 4th) it is snowing and the cold wind still bites. I have been longing for spring to get underway, but it seems I will have to wait a little longer.
At the weekend I was in Salisbury and it was cloudy again for the most part of the day, but I decided that rather than be beaten by the weather, I would brave it and took my camera to a woodland that I have visited many times, Harewarren. It is near Salisbury's Race Course just outside Netherhampton.
Something else, besides photography, drove me to visit the place too. I wanted to see if the Ash dieback disease, that is now rife in woodland across the UK, had affected the area as there are many fine Ash trees there.
The woodland I knew was very different in winter. A lot less leafy, obviously, and as a result the buildings in the wood and around the southern edges were more easily visible. The whole place seemed stark and a little grey. There were some signs of tree clearance, a whole area had gone completely, and looked like one of those rainforest destruction documentary shots. To be honest, though, it was no where near as bad as I had feared, and my favourite trees were still standing, so hopefully the most beautiful areas will survive.
There weren't many opportunities for spectacular landscape shots, I only captured a handful that I was even vaguely pleased with. Once I had got past the fact that I would not be finding the pictures I had hoped for, I started seeing and looking in a different way. Details began to take my interest, like the colours in the tree bark, mosses lichens and new signs of leaf growth. I shot some macro pictures using my iPhone, as well as some of the ones you see here.
It's a small collection, but I was pleased with the results that I came back with in this cold spell that should be the start of Springtime.