Near home and in my garden the start of spring is very obvious from the first snowdrops through hyacinths, primroses, daffodils and now blossom on the plum tree.
In more exposed areas though the start of spring is happening much more slowly with fewer outward signs. As I have mentioned before, after visiting elderly family on the south coast we either go down to the beach or stop at the New Forest on the way home. Its good to get some fresh air and exercise in an otherwise sedentary day.
The top photograph was taken in mid February when all was pale, brown and beige and although there were splashes of yellow gorse the whole effect was very muted.
Stopping in the same area this weekend I expected it to look different and it did - but only a little. Small changes as spring comes later to this exposed area. The gorse has more flower and the grass is a brighter green as growth increases.
The silver birches are the first trees to come into leaf, the landscape feels as if it is gently waking after a winter sleep.