It's always a rewarding experience wandering through Burnham Beeches in the autumn. Particularly if the sun is out, which has a transforming effect on all the colours on show.
I try and get out to Burnham Beeches each year around this sort of time (see my previous blogs from 2016 and 2015). This year was no different, although waiting for the right weather conditions wasn't fairing too well until this weekend, when the Sunday afternoon promised to give a reasonable amount of sunlight.
Whereas a fair number of the trees around us had discarded most of their leaves, the canopy in the woodland was still full of colour:
On this particular visit my attention was drawn to the variety of shapes and sizes of the trees. Many of them dating back hundreds of years, twisting and turning their way upwards towards the light.
It was quite a windy afternoon, and many leaves were being discarded as the sun kept disappearing behind passing clouds. Here's a lone leaf making its way down to the woodland floor:
One leaf .... of the many million that lay on the ground under the trees of the wood. A carpet of bronze, red and orange colour.
A few hours of wandering through the woods, and it was time to return home, thankful as always to have such a location near home to visit.