Why do people never visit a woodland in the rain? This is the biggest wet woodland woe of them all.
She misses her chance to show off her shades of green, yellow and auburn mixed with the brown underlayer. The water drips down and highlights her colours, ever more vivid against the grey sky. Yet many stay away from this flooded haven and don’t splash in a puddle or ponder in the rain.
They say a woodland looks different in Spring to Summer, Autumn to Winter and we should experience it at all these points. So why is weather any different?
The golden light dappling through the trees on a Summer’s evening is calming and warm. A chilly Autumn day with the added dampener of rain probably isn’t going to put you in the outdoors, walking mood (unless you’re like me anyway).
Yet, to hear the leaves muffling the splashes of droplets and the branches weighted and transformed into an insect water park. To see the colours, stand out against an otherwise gloomy scene and to splash in a chocolate puddle on the path. Smelling the air and feeling the damp as it replenishes the ground beneath your feet. Just think of the creatures, big and small, hiding away (or appearing as in the case of many slugs and snails!) whilst the plants soak up this source of life.
Appreciate nature at its best, recycling in its most primitive form. The rain makes a forest do magical things, lets pause and immerse ourselves in the sights, smells and sounds to truly feel the revitalised heart of the forest projecting colours of bright hope on to us during these wet and wonderful days.
All photos are my own.
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