The weather was so nice at the beginning of last week that we couldn't resist getting out of the house and going for a walk. We decided to go to Fairburn Ings, a local RSPB reserve. We saw lots of different birds, but there were lots of other things which interested us too.
Lichen. It covered nearly all the tree.
Catkins. Just look at the gorgeous blue sky.
Peeling bark. The sunshine is illuminating it.
Holly in dappled shade.
A berry. There weren't many around, I think the birds have stripped the trees.
Ice on the ground. Even though the sun was shining and it was actually quite warm, we came across lots of ice still hanging around.
Half of the lake was still frozen. The birds are reflected in the ice they're stood up on.
A beautiful swan who would insist on hissing at Archie to warn him off.
We enjoyed our walk. I think it's important to get outside when the sun's shining as we have enough enforced time indoors due to the weather as it is. The weather has taken a turn for the worse since these photos were taken and it's been much cooler again, though the snow which was forecast, thankfully, hasn't materialised.