I love the backlit effects of low sunlight slanting over the moss under the conifers.
Sunlight slanting through the conifers to backlight the underlying moss
Fallen trees covered in moss, from some angles this looks like a lying person
Some of the Stoggles are hardly hanging on.
Near the end of their life the fruiting bodies of King Alfred’s Cakes (also know as Cramp Ball fungus and Coal fungus –
Daldinia concentric) cover the stump.
Some of the Stoggle have reached the point where they are so old and rotten they hardly cling on
The round black fruiting bodies of King Alfred’s Cakes cover the stoggle
The heart of the Stoggle has rotted away leaving windows through the stump
The Nettlebridge valley is in a “rain shadow” behind the Mendip ridge and hence has much higher rainfall than average. The result are some fantastic conditions for the growth of Mosses and other damp loving plants.
I love the interplay you get between the Moss, Ferns and Rocks, wonderful shade and light in the sun.
Rocks and Moss
Rocks and Moss
Towards the top of Ashwick Grove are two lines of four Yew trees, that now form a dark Arch, almost completely covered in thick Moss.
Local knowledge says these were originally maintained as two lines of Yew Topiary, but they have grown and changed dramatically over the past 100 years+.
The former two lines of Yew topiary now form a wide dark arch
One of the two rows of four Yew trees
Spreading branches of the Yew
Moss hanging from every Yew
The Yew trees are covered in a thick layer of surreal moss