Tuesday, 30 October 2012
Tripping the light fantastic
I often find myself trying to capture the wonderful play of sunlight filtering through leaves. Mostly my attempts end up far short of the beauty of the reality, but I think this one comes close. Taken from the Leeds-Liverpool Canal towpath just beyond Hirst Lock, the trees are in Hirst Woods, a small but semi-ancient patch of woodland that grows on a moraine left by retreating glaciers 10,000 years ago. Many of the trees are beech, with oak and birch too; I love their autumn colours and the way they catch the light. I recently read that there is supposedly the remains of an Iron-Age settlement within the wood, but I don't think I'd know what to look for to discover that. It is one of my favorite places for a calming walk; you're never far away from other people (lots of dog-walkers!) but it's very peaceful nevertheless.