Juliet’s Wood is a small woodland nature reserve at Slaley in Northumberland. Duncan was there today introducing some Wildlife Trust volunteers to photography. It turned out to be better than expected with sunshine filtering through the still leafless canopy to highlight the distinctive bark of the oak trees that dominate the site.
The catkins of the hazel trees were out on the few mature trees as well as on some of the more recently planted specimens. However more subtle are the tiny female flowers that also pop out from the bud ends. These tiny red flowers need no bright petals as their pollination is by wind not insects. In contrast, the first primroses were much more showy with their pale yellow flowers; a true harbinger of spring.
A few trees and branches have come down in the winter gales but it was a much older collapsed tree that was most striking; its root-plate now forms a wonderful natural sculpture.