Almanac: Early morning mists in the old forest

Lockdown is lifted and we can journey into the ancient forest again.

An early start. On our short drive, the trees gradually reveal themselves in layers of green. The view is softened; we are watching the day form itself into shape.

The mist feels like a fine spring rain, yet suspended in mid air. The humidity is soothing to the skin.

My little daughter holds up her hands to catch the dew falling from the canopy above every time there is sudden breeze.

The clearing beside my favourite oak tree is now verdant with bright uncurling bracken. We are the only ones here. Just us seven and a chorus of birdsong; a wood pigeon questions and from a distance another answers. Directly above us a squabble results in a few feathers falling at our feet. My daughter picks one out of the soft damp ground, now-grubby fingers holding it skywards as if to offer it back to the owner.

We follow the path as it dips down. I look up to see the mist suspended above the canopy, obscuring the sky.

A few steps ahead, my daughter picks her way carefully over raised roots. She pauses and attempts to lift one, not yet understanding that these unmoving “twigs” belong to the giant trees that surround us.

Here in the lower part of the forest, the morning dew has settled on the foliage. Some small woodland resident passes by us unseen, brushing against the undergrowth, sending the droplets cascading to the ground.

Ivy clings to the trees and between its leaves there is a network of fine cobwebs. More adventurous spiders have swung from tree to tree to spin threads across our path, now shimmering in the early light. I try and duck beneath them, letting them stay in place a little longer.

Do I breathe this deeply and gladly at any other time? It is soon after this walk that we get into the habit of opening the doors and windows of our home every morning when we wake, to welcome in the fresh dawn air.

My daughter is beguiled by the foxgloves that tower above her. She draws ever closer to what she calls “bells” though goes no further as she heeds my gentle warning to leave the toxic flowers be.

We hike up a small track in the fern covered hillside to the forest’s highest point. My eldest son holds up low branches of holly for his little sister to walk safely beneath. We hear distant road traffic, other voices in the forest. A man walks his dog on the footpath below us.

The light has changed since we set out and the world is awake.

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54 Comments Add yours

  1. beth says:

    Incredibly beautiful

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    1. Thanks so much Beth ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope youโ€™re keeping well x ๐ŸŒฟ

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      1. beth says:

        Absolutely

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  2. John says:

    Wonderfully written, with beautiful photos! ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

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    1. Thank you very much John! I need to catch up on your wonderful photography – Iโ€™ve been distracted away from WordPress these last few weeks by the forest ๐ŸŒฟ

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      1. John says:

        The forest sounds great! More fun than WordPress I’ll bet.

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        1. I love reading – but it is so nice to be in the great outdoors ๐Ÿ™‚๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณ

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  3. Blanca says:

    These misty forest pictures look so magical!

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    1. Thank you Blanca! ๐ŸŒฟ

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  4. Devon Brock says:

    I want to live there.

    D

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    1. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ I wish I could move my house just a smidgen closer, so I could open my front door and be in the forest straight away ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณ

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  5. tootlepedal says:

    Wonderful misty morning shots.

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    1. Thank you Tootlepedal ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope youโ€™re keeping well ๐ŸŒฟ

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  6. marymakesprints says:

    Wonderful, atmospheric photos with beautiful imagery in your writing.

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    1. Thank you so much Mary ๐ŸŒฟ

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  7. It’s a bit misty here in the Australian Southern High-Lands as well and quite cold. Beautiful photos and you are a very good mother and photographer.

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    1. Thank you so much Gerard x itโ€™s meant to be the height of summer heat here at the moment, but the weather has gotten a bit confused this year and itโ€™s a very misty end to June. I hope youโ€™re keeping well ๐ŸŒฟ

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  8. anasylvi says:

    It’s like a fairyland!

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    1. It is ๐Ÿ™‚ and there is something magical about being up really early too, itโ€™s like another world ๐ŸŒฟ

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  9. Ellen Hawley says:

    Beautiful.

    I’ve been trying (and failing) for years to get a decent picture of foxgloves. Yours is great.

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    1. Thank you! I know what you mean – they are so towering that they catch the slightest breeze and blur the photo ๐ŸŒฟ

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  10. Lovely atmospheric photographs with your usual beautiful prose, descriptive of the walk and your thoughts, feelings, and observations in it.

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    1. Thanks so much Derrick. I hope all of Jackieโ€™s beautiful roses are fairing okay if you are getting the same stormy gales as we are x

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      1. Roses are doing better than most – they are in quite a sheltered spot.

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  11. Sherry Felix says:

    I love mist. Very pretty.

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    1. Thank you Sherry – I do too ๐ŸŒฟ

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  12. Kellie says:

    Oh what beautiful pics, love walk, thank you โค๏ธ

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    1. Thank you so much Kellie – Iโ€™m glad you enjoyed it ๐ŸŒฟ

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  13. Lovely words and images.

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    1. Thank you Laurie x I hope Cliff and yourself are keeping well x Iโ€™ve been out in the forests and have a lot of catching up to do with my blog reading ๐ŸŒฟ

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      1. We are well. Thanks for asking!

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  14. Wow! What a delight your images on this post are! I am glad for you (and for your readers) that you can meander through the ancient forests again!) ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you Tierney! It is *so* good to be back there. I love the small woodland near by, but there is something very special about a forest ๐ŸŒณ I hope youโ€™re keeping well x

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  15. Your words and pictures felt like a charming fairy tale.

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    1. Thank you very much ๐ŸŒฟ

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  16. I love walking in the fog or mist, but we donโ€™t get that here in the desert. LOL. Foxgloves are a perfect example of beautiful things that can be dangerous. Iโ€™m glad your daughter pays attention to what you tell her. Thanks for the lovely walk.

    janet

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  17. Beautiful as always!

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  18. sunisanthosh says:

    Lovely atmosphere and beautiful photogenic place !!

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  19. Mrs. N says:

    Absolutely lovely stroll through the forest I just had. Thank you for taking me there. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  20. Kristie says:

    Simply stunning.

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  21. Beautiful forest …nature is a great healer. Thanks

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  22. Eva Schiffer says:

    Thank you for taking us on a walk with you.

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    1. Thank you very much for joining us Eva ๐Ÿ™‚

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  23. moragnoffke says:

    So beautiful!

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    1. Thank you so much Morag ๐ŸŒฟ

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  24. What a magical day!

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  25. Singh Lovely says:

    So beautiful ๐Ÿ˜

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    1. Thank you! ๐ŸŒฟ

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  26. Singh Lovely says:

    Most welcome ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  27. gaiainaction says:

    How beautiful your words and photography, how nice the early morning, the dew and the trees, thank you for taking us on your walk. It also reminded me of walking with my grandchildren and their appreciation of nature. Very happy to have found your blog.

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    1. Thank you so much ๐Ÿ™‚

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