Sunday, October 24, 2010

Balloch Community Woodland 16th October 2010


Our first visit to this woodland, somewhere that we had been meaning to go for some time.
A perfect day for reflections and autumn colours!





Lots of fungi about including these bracket fungi.


Curious fungi blobs!

Possible deer damage on trees where they have sharpened their antlers

Beautiful tumbling water through the gorge

Could this be otter poo?


Eaten toadstool

Fungi on a tree accross the river.

A glimpse of a red squirrel high in the tree tops, it appears to have a beautiful bushy tail.

More toadstools

Looking towards the Cree Estuary and Kirkmabreck Church, our lunchtime view!

Towards Cairnsmore

Curious toadstool

and a bright red one!

Spores on the underside of a fern

Oak sapling

Toadstools on a log

The route is nicely signposted

Autumn path

Low angle

Lovely sign

The traditional "green oak" hut, beautifully made.



It sits beautifully by the water.

Sweet chestnuts

Bright red crab apples


The Balloch Wood Community Woodland is a beautiful place that is also rich in history. The volunteers from Creetown (we had a nice chat to one of them) have done a grand job. My only criticisms would be that they could make more provision for wildlife, such as bat and bird boxes and they they have planted too man non native species around the pond area. Read more about the project on their website www.creetown-walks.co.uk

6 comments:

Rocket Man said...

Beautiful series, Valerie! Thanks for taking me along. I really enjoyed it.

Amila Kanchana said...

This is all so unbelievably beautiful! You are lucky to live with so much natural beauty around!

Gaina said...

I think your right about the otter poo :).

Catches the Eye said...

I came across your site from a friend, I have really enjoyed reading where you live. Its so beautiful and your shots are amazing. Thank you hope you don't mind, I live in Cornwall and I love the wildlife that come visit my garden.many best wishes.

Poppy said...

Great photos Valerie,you live in a beautiful place, I must get round to sharing some of my photos very soon! Hope you have a great weekend :)

Poppy said...

Wonderful photos Valerie! Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and New Year in the beautiful area that you live in :) xx