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In the middle of a tangle































In the middle of a tangle of branches there are trees binding themselves to each other. Their long limbs reach out and entwine. Hairy wigs of moss smooth down crinkled bark and the forest grove is cushioned and cosy.

On a high ditch there is one remaining foxglove flowering out of season.

Back home the sun shines on a cluttered desk, pouring light onto the large pile of things to be done. And while there are shoulds and strategies piling up by the new time, out of the tangle in the woods, and the single blooming flower, a new question is forming.....

Do I have a survival plan?






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16 comments:

  1. Well, I think seeing as the foxglove has survived and is long out of season my dear, then you will do just fine. Love the tangled life....no one ever said it would be easy so a bit of a struggle helps keeps us on our toes. Just sat down by the fire and love having your photos to sooth my weary brain xx

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  2. How amazing that the foxglove is flowering a this time of year! It shows anything can be achieved. I love the tangled moss covered branches.
    Sarah x

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  3. This is so beautiful. I love a mossy tangled forest. :)

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  4. You do find such beauty on your walks. I remember finding foxgloves growing wild when I visited Ireland and thought how lovely. Those trees are magical.

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  5. sends me into a magical world!

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  6. What a beauty all those branches, some with moss and than one foxglove. I think your pictures are magical but your words are of an outstanding beauty.

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  7. As usual beautiful photos. I love woods,trees and moss. There is so much beauty in woods which makes me feel that time has stood still.

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  8. There is beauty all around, even if it is in a tangle and even if it is late bloomer. Love, and all will be well.

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  9. The beauty of 'tangles' - is knowing that there's always a way to 'untangle' the mess!! Love...love..love the images. So beautiful!

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  10. I walk most Saturday and Sunday morning, just a ltlle too far during the week, with my dogs in Salcy Forest, a remnant of the medieval royal hunting forest. Reminders of the past can still be found, with many miles of ancient woodbanks, building remains and ancient trees. The 'druids' or veteran oaks in Salcey are rare and amazing wildlife habitats, and some of the old oaks are believed to be over 500 years old.

    I walk "off-piste" away from noisey public and for the peace of the forest, well apart from the animals calling, shouting and screaming away, but that's different.

    I walk in many places where you can see a copy of your wonderful pictures. I imagine "Lord of the Rings", I am in live in the ancient Forest of Fangorn when "Treebeard" whispers very slowly "Hello what are you doing here"

    Ah well back to the real world wet and windy.


    Where is Salcy, take a peek if you wish http://maps.google.com/?ll=52.154873,-0.825691&spn=0.029015,0.084543&t=h&z=14

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  11. Late-bloomers and double-bloomers always beg the question, "what are you doing?" I suppose just like any of us they have their own reasons :)

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  12. I'm thinking Ents and the Lord of the Rings too as I'm drawn in to your photos and their timesless beauty. I hope you do have a survival plan xx

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  13. I love how your photos are visual metaphors for your words. Nature always comes up with a survival plan and so will you.

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  14. It's very soothing to plunge into your photos and careful words.

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