Spring is emerging

green trees

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With the beginning of spring and change in seasons; I’ve chosen to base my poem this week, on the green man. In folklore the green man represents Spring and the start of new life.

The oak tree particularly, is important because it can live for 1000 years. During an oak’s lifetime and even after it has died an oak tree supports many natural species.  These can range from insects, squirrels, badgers, deer, caterpillars, stage beetles and fungi. The branches and hollows of the tree are used by birds to build their nests. Now, take a deep breath and picture yourself walking in a woodland glade.

The Old Oak Tree

Amongst a sea of green

Lichen, moss and oak leaves

Sprout from my face

 I’m the green man

Of pagan legend

Living in the trees

🌳🌳🌳

My gnarled weather beaten face

Watches over squirrels

Foraging the forest floor

A herd of deer feast on acorns

Almost invisible silently moving

Under the Oak, in the Wood

🌳 🌳 🌳

My presence is felt

By all who

Pass this way

I keep watch over

The constantly changing

Cycle of Life

Poem by Nick

Rambling in bluebell woodland

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Woodland glade Photo by Nick 

It’s #WalkThisMay month and I have been trying out some different walking routes. It’s often on these paths you find the most interesting fauna and flora.

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Carpet of bluebells Photo by Nick 

I came across beautiful carpets of bluebells during one of my woodland walks.

Their deep blue colour is a breathtaking sight stretching out beneath the slowly unfolding woodland canopy.

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Woodland stream Photo by Nick

Bluebells flower from the middle of April to the end of May; producing nectar early in the season.

The bluebells nectar provides an important source of food for bees,🐝butterflies,🦋and other insects.🕷🦟

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Bluebells Photo by Nick

The bluebell is mainly found in Britain and Western Europe.

Areas of woodland where bluebells grow as wildflowers are often likely to have been in existence for hundreds of years and are categorised as ancient woodland.

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Woodland in May Photo by Nick

If your interested in exploring your local area have a look at my page on walking for more information and ideas.👣

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Woodland canopy Photo by Nick

Walking around… Cambridge

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Cambridge Photo by Nick 

On a recent trip to Cambridge, England; I discovered some quaint streets and alleyways on my way to Kings College.

What can I tell you about Cambridge?

It’s on the tourist map as one of the most visited places in Britain.

It’s  famous for its University Kings College, Chapel and Choir. On Christmas Eve every year a service of Nine lessons and Carols is broadcast.

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Cam River Photo by Nick 

The River Cam runs through Cambridge.

Students earn some extra cash by hiring out small boats called “punts”and punting visitors along the river.

On a summers day the river is a colourful mass of punts and people.

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The Backs, Cambridge Photo by Nick 

Walking into the town centre through “the backs” by the river.

A variety of Spring flowers cover the banks. First with snow drops, then daffodils and bluebells.

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As I reach the city centre Gothic architecture surrounds me. It’s a great place to visit on foot.

As it’s #WalkThisMay month it’s a great incentive to get out and about exploring new places.

For more ideas about walking have a look at my blog post.