Red berries and green fungus

Winter is coming

We’ve been on lots of walks through the countryside during the last week and it feels like we are bang in the middle of two seasons.

Cow parsnip seed head
Cow Parsnip (Hogweed)

Most of the wild flowers and plants have gone to seed.

Browning, brittle hydrangeas

I’ve noticed lots of lichen and fungus appearing on branches where leaves use to be. The lichen below looks like the suckers on octopus tentacles.

Yellow lichen

Purple berries and lichen

One of our walks lead us past some horse fields. This one trotted over to us – hopefully he didn’t think we had pockets full of carrots. He seemed to really enjoy the attention and there were no other horses in the field so perhaps he was a bit lonely.

A very happy horse
Happy horse

I love the icy, Wintery colours of this fungus.

Fungus growing on a fence


And this wispy moss.

Moss growing on a fence

I’ve never seen seeds like this before, does anyone know the name of this plant?


Burgundy and mint green is a nice colour combination.

Red berries and green fungus

This lavender is now completely dry and colourless. If you look closely you can see the pods have opened enough for the seeds to scatter.

Lavender setting seed

This is the view that made me feel like we’re stuck between two seasons. Cold day, changing trees, a green field and a cold moody sky. Scott took a great panoramic shot from the top of this field.

Green field with moody sky

And that’s all for this week. I am hoping to find some time for pottering in the garden between Christmas prep and life admin. I always forget how busy this time of year is until it arrives again.

15 comments on “Winter is coming

  1. Oh my what beautiful images – I love lichen and moss a lot at the moment and have been stopping on walks to admire it. That shot with the berries and lichen is awesome!

    Poor lonely horse – but again stunning shot. Just all so lovely, makes me come walking with you.

    Hope those grey clouds didn’t rain on you before you got home. Thanks for joining in again 🙂 x

    • It was your post last week that opened my eyes to lichen. Now I keep seeing it everywhere. Hoping we’ll see the lonely horse again 🙂

  2. I am loving your images, they are just fabulous. I really need to get out more with the camera-it’s finding the time to get out and actually concentrate on taking photos (as opposed to keeping an eye on my 3 year old, or sorting out snacks for my 7 year old), which is what usually happens! #howdoesyourgardengrow

    • Thank you! I was thinking I need to keep my camera in my bag so I can snap things as I see them 🙂

  3. Wow, really beautiful pictures. I love a bit of lichen too — there is something really other worldly about it somehow…

  4. Hello Gemma,

    I’m likin’ the lichen.


  5. Oh, what beautiful images! Just gorgeous. I need to get out with my proper camera more often, rather than my phone 🙂 Love the lichen, such pretty colours and patterns.

    • The camera on my phone is awful, so unless I remember my camera I don’t get any pictures I can use!

  6. these are absolutely stunning photos. every single one of them. beautiful

  7. I really like the colorful lichen, and you are right, the last really makes it feel as if two seasons were hanging on. Beautiful!

  8. gorgeous images! I love that unidentified white feathery plant… beautiful! x

  9. Hi Gemma

    Beautiful pics, the feathery white one you have captured show the seeds of the wild clamatis (Clematis vitalba) also known as Old Man’s Beard and Traveller’s Joy (for obvious reasons!). Find out more about this and other species on Plantlife’s species pages, which might help you on your future nature rambles, Plantlife also has information pages on lichens and some downloadable lichen ID guides for all those budding lichenologists out there……

    happy autumn walking

  10. Jim Williams

    Dear Gemma
    I love your photographs thank you. However I must point out that the seeds you show as Cow Parsley are in fact Cow Parsnip (Hogweed). I am not being pedantic I assure you. Misidentification of the Apiaceae family members lead to misfortune and death every year.
    Wishing you health and happiness.

    • Hi Jim. Thanks very much for taking the time to let me know about the seeds; I’m glad you pointed out my mistake. I have updated the image description 🙂

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