This lovely May morning I took a small sketchbook and a pen up to the Spinney to make some quick notes about the tree shapes. Most of the trees have their leaves now so I can identify which is which. I am looking for characteristics of each species which I can use for some prints. They are the trees I see, very possibly not typical of the species, but ones I know and can place along the route..a young beech, the tall alders and a cluster of limes etc.
Field maple, Larch way up at the top of the canopy and the Limes with my bike 🙂
The lovely tall Alders down by the bird hide, Wild cherry, Sycamore with its big drooping leaves.
Pollarded willow, Poplars in the wind with floating willow seeds blowing everywhere, Elm with bunches of, now browning, seeds which are scattered everywhere.
A small Beech growing under the Oak canopy, Birch, twisted from the prevailing wind, arching Bramble and a spindly Hawthorn again growing up towards the light under the canopy.
Ash just coming into leaf with its tipped up branch ends, Blackthorn up on the old railway line
A5 sketchbook and pen. It’s all you need.