Be Active - A Winter Walk

"It is the photographer’s job to see more than most people do. They must keep in them something of the child who looks at the world for the first time or of the traveller who enters a strange country. "

Audio - A Winter Walk

Be Active - A Winter Walk

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Introduction - How to look season by season
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A Winter Walk
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What you notice will depend on the time of year and what catches your interest. During winter you can spot which trees/shrubs are evergreen and which are deciduous.   The ones that shed their leaves will show a lattice work of branches, making striking patterns against the sky.  You’ll also be able to notice different types of bark more easily, and see the ways that various trees and shrubs grow.

 

In spring you’ll notice a lot of trees and shrubs coming into bud. Buds can be small and insignificant, or at the other extreme quite large, and in some cases covered in sticky resin.

Some plants flower in early spring - a common and cheerful sight is Forsythia with its bright yellow flowers, and flowering bulbs such as daffodils and, later on, bluebells.  As spring progresses into summer, trees and shrubs will come into leaf. 

 

During the early part of summer there is a wide variation, in leaves, of shades of green. As the summer progresses the green leaves become more uniform in colour. Late spring and early summer sees most trees and shrubs come into flower, as this is the time when most pollinating insects are on the wing.  Many of the flowers will be scented such as Roses and Honeysuckle.

During the autumn most deciduous trees and shrubs change the colour of their leaves as they are about to shed them, ready for winter. Look out for some that are quite spectacular, particularly Japanese Maples and the climbing Virginia creeper which goes bright red.    

 

This is just a taste of the interesting details you'll find in our autumn spotter guide (Autumn Shapes) and this winter spotter guide.  Download and print them off to take with you on your walk.  We also have audio which you can download for your winter walk.

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