I always think of March as an inbetween kind of month. Winter is still lingering, but spring is trying to burst forth! This was evident when I finally managed to get out this morning after more than a week stuck indoors during our annual Arts and Crafts exhibition at our home. I took an early morning walk around my local Rodden Nature Reserve here on the outskirts of Frome. The Alder catkins(below) that had been such a rich and vibrantly deep red during the winter are now fading into a mellow brown.
Similarly, the Hazel catkins which are at their creamy yellow best in February are now losing that freshness.
Not that they're not still delicately beautiful, specially against a lovely blue sky!
The sight that really brought a smile to my face though was seeing the emergence of the incredibly soft and tactile Pussy Willow buds!
I defy anyone to resist running their fingers over these silky shiny buds.
It was difficult not to take loads of photos both against the gorgeous blue sky and also against the background of the surrounding shrubs.
These really are one of the true joys of the start of spring for me!
I find it hard to resist lichen when I come across it. Here, decorating a plain old fence post.
Another thing I seem to be drawn to are fallen logs. This one has a very interesting end to it, full of texture.
And to end this first of two posts from Rodden Reserve, another plant I don't seem able to resist.....the Bullrush, all ready to be used by nesting birds!
The next post will show some of the birds I found on this hours walk around Rodden.
Please also see my post below on my header query. Many thanks. I'm stumped!