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So, almost seven months since my last post …. I’d like to think that this was the start of a new era, a new blogging me perhaps?! Not much chance of that – and just as well I didn’t make any New Year resolutions! Truth be told, what with one thing and another, I’ve barely even touched my camera. Finally, with a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel and a morning fog forecast I promised myself a ‘photographic fix’ in the nearby woods.

As usual, I’d readied everything the night before so I could grab my kit and head off before sun up – except that in my rusted state I’d forgotten a torch.  With all senses on full alert I felt my way along the muddy track that wound into the woods; it was a silent world full of the smell of damp earth and rotting leaves, shadowy trunks sliding past and an occasional falling twig crashing through the canopy when suddenly a deer barked …. its eerie cry subsiding way before my heart rate! It was answered by another across the woods and gradually, as darkness faded and birds were roused, the dawn chorus began.

Prehistoric dawn of sun rays in coniferous woodland

Very little fog but a fabulous start to the day nonetheless!

(All images are copyright to Noeline Smith)