We're lucky to be surrounded by a few lovely places to visit and see nature's cycles unfold. One of these is East Carlton Country Park, an absolute gem of open space and woodland.
We've been enjoying watching the colours and shapes of the world change, and we found a few new things along the way.
A turkey oak in its autumn clothes...
...and gall wasp eggs (we had some help finding out what we were looking at).
A bit of nest-spotting (I'm making the tiniest bird's nest from silver and WOW are they are miracle of nature).
A friendly dragon (I think).
and some other cool carved folk and beasties.
Sleepy or Grumpy? Either way it reminds me of a fish.
We looked these up, we thought these might be redcurrants. They tasted reaaaal bad.
Sloes, of course...
Some gorgeous flowing patterns on a bark-stripped beech -
which has just Enormous friends.
Forest bathing at its very best.
Eeek! Yeah, I like nests....
So many shapes, so many greens even as we turn towards the Dark Year.
We followed the winding path...
...and on it, we found the star of the day - this tree which is going up in the world, come what may. This, my friends, is perseverance.
Have a glorious week, and if you have the inclination, get outside and notice something new!