Jelly Ears, Tree Rings and Sun Spots

We’ve been for another walk. It was a very cold, very bright day, and the sun was setting by the time we got back to the car at about four in the afternoon.

Now, I’ve divided up this afternoon’s photographs into three categories for you, as indicated in the title of this post. First up: the Jelly Ears. At least, I think that’s what this fungus is, but I’m happy to be corrected if someone better informed than I am recognises it for something else. It was growing on a still-living tree, and each individual fungus was quite small so I’m guessing it’s still fairly young. I’ve never seen it before, even though it’s apparently widespread in this country.

Tree Rings: there were piles of timber everywhere and, counting the rings, we could see that these trees had been only about forty years old. They had obviously been felled very recently because the timber was bright orange in colour and resin was still dripping in places.

Finally, the Sun Spots. I’m still in my ‘lens flare‘ period, and what with it being such a clear and cold afternoon lit by a very low, very bright sun, I thought I’d muck about with this some more. (No more lens flare after this, I promise.)

And, just to finish off, here’s me eating German sausage while Dr B and I watched the ice skaters at the funfair in Forbury Gardens. It was delicious.

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