I loved wandering through the Forgotten Wood for the Week 44 photo featuring a landscape with trees. It started in my own garden, just before I got to my gate.

In the morning, before the sun has warmed it, the frost touches tree tips with crystal.
In the morning, before the sun has warmed it, the frost touches tree tips with crystal.

We’ve had a lovely, crisp November – lots of sunny, bright, days with temperatures at about freezing. Last year by this time, we’d had about ten years worth of rain in a month, so this more Canadian take on late Autumn/early Winter has been a real treat.

I love the patchwork of light and colour in this Maple.
I love the patchwork of light and colour in this Maple.

Just on the edge of the Wood I saw this. I think that’s a Larch in the distance. Someone’s put a new Oak in.

I'm pretty sure that's a Larch in the distance. I love the mix of Autumn red and green in this.
I’m pretty sure that’s a Larch in the distance. I love the mix of Autumn red and green in this.

There is a giant Beech Tree in the Forgotten Wood. I have never yet taken a photo of it that makes me happy, but I noticed a few things around its base.

My favourite Beech is so old that its trunk begins to resemble elephants' feet. There are wonders to be found at the forest floor.
My favourite Beech is so old that its trunk begins to resemble elephants’ feet at the forest floor.

And around on the other side of the Beech – steps for a Faery Queen, perhaps.

There is a Beech Tree across the road, in the Forgotten Wood. There are wonders at its foot, in amongst the leaves.
There are wonders at its foot, in amongst the leaves.

It was late in the afternoon as I wandered back around to home. This time of year, the moon rises early in the afternoon and sets late in the morning.

The sun and moon were almost equally high in the sky, the sun slightly lower. This is the Waxing Moon the week before the November 14, 2016, Super Moon.
The sun and moon were almost equally high in the sky, the sun slightly lower, so the Oak’s colour is still vibrant. This is the Waxing Moon the week before the November 14, 2016, Super Moon.

I love being able to explore, find treasures and new faery ways. The smells of the damp leaves on the floor of the wood as they become mulch for next year’s growth are wonderful, clambering over fallen trees and through thickets that catch at your clothes and hair, air with enough of a chill to make your nose and cheeks tingle such that only hot chocolate at home will help to warm you.

The dark ages are upon us, but there’s always something to find in the Forgotten Wood.

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