The Devon lane in winter
Winter cannot rob the Devon lane of its beauty
Its been quite a harsh winter(09/10) by our standards, but still the Devon lane is outstanding for beauty. It may be stark and dark but still it is beautiful. Of course you can still have sunny days in winter, although lots of rainy days will keep us indoors in the warm.
The skeleton of a tree
The skeleton of a tree is beautiful in its own right. As with so much of creation there is symmetry in their structure. The tree sleeps in winter nutured by the food it stored when the sun was plentiful in the Summer. Now is the time to sleep and dream of the awakening to come in Spring. How many years have these trees seen? How many people have they watched working in the fields? How many of their fellows have they seen cut down for man's use as a table, or a door or fire wood? And still they thrive and clean the air for us.
Tall dry grasses hanging in the hedge in pale splendour. They festoon the dark hedge with their lighter shade giving welcome contrast in the dark days of winter. We latch on to this hope of light to come.
Mud and Rushes
Mud and rain
In winter mud is the order of the day and if you want to walk far in the countryside you will need Wellington boots to keep your feet dry and warm.
The rushes are indomitable and stand there in the field, bravely whatever the weather, thriving on the mud and rain.
A gaggle of geese stand in the winter field and reflect how lucky they are not to have been eaten at Christmas. No they still strut the land in bright, white feathers, enjoying each other's company.
Moss on Bark
Bright green in the dark days
Just like the rushes the moss thrives on the wet conditions and makes its home on the trees.The emerald moss clings to the bark like a well-fitting velvet glove. "Old friend," it says to the tree,"May I spend some time with you. I will stick to you like glue and we will grow old together."
Scoring the sky
The criss-cross filigree of empty branch and twig scores the sky, as Thomas Hardy put it, "like strings of broken lyres."
A video of Devon
A Bend in the Road
Around a corner
It is always exciting to see what is around a corner. We have to go around many corners in life.Some things we meet are wonderful. Sometimes we wish we had not gone that way, but even the hard times help us to grow.
A Laid Hedge
Hedge-laying is an ancient art which makes a strong hedge. The saplings are cut back but the upright branch is not cut completely through so that it will continue to live. The sapling is bent over and laid against the earth of the hedge. Like this it will continue to grow and in the spring will grow new leaaves.
The Laid Hedge from Another Angle
Link to a Map and More Photos of Devon
- Map of Devon
Also on this site more pictures of Devon.
The stream tells a tale of many rains falling. Above are the first signs of Spring to follow. The lambstail catkins are already dangling from the branches of the hazel trees.