Wordless Wednesday – Golden Hornbeam Leaves in my Woodland Walk December 3, 2014 / Julie Veteran Hornbeams – Warren Woods, Bedfordshire Share this:TweetLike this:Like Loading... Related
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I’d love to be walking there kicking up leaves!
I love doing that too, makes me feel young again!
Wow! Looks like a calendar photo! I would love to see this.
Warren woods is at the top of our lane and many years ago the route led from our village through the Hornbeams to the next village, its mainly dog walkers who visit now and most of the wood is now neglected and unmanaged, but we always enjoy the walk through there.
Beautiful – those could almost be beech trees with their smooth barks and golden leaves. I don’t know hornbeams – must look them up.
Hornbeams are very similar to Beech, the easiest way to tell them apart is that Hornbeam leaves when mature are noticeably serrated, whereas Beech leaves are smoother. At the end of that avenue of trees there are some Beech trees apparently planted when some of the Hornbeams failed.
Thanks, I will look out for them.
Your picture Julie shows there is beauty in all the seasons.
It really felt like an Autumn day here today, lots of sunshine and fairly mild, think its about to change though!
Absolutely beautiful photo.
Thanks John 🙂
How wonderful to have such a beautiful place to walk. Lovely Julie.
Thanks Susie, when the children were small it was our route to school in the next village and now most days we walk through the woods with our dog.
That’s beautiful Julie.
Thank you, the wood is not managed anymore and there are quite a lot of self sown maples and birches and a couple of the Hornbeams came down in a storm a few years ago, but that walk through remains lovely.
What majestic trees and view, and beautifully captured. Any idea how old they might be?
All those years standing tall and peaceful …with not a maintenace man in sight….the wonders of the natural world!
Hi Julian, I’m not certain, they were planted by the Wrest park estate, now run by English Heritage and workers from our village walked through the Hornbeam walk to work on the estate. Wrest park is an historic grand house with 92 acres of grounds, I shall dig deeper and find out more as I’ve taken them for granted.
Thanks for that extra info. What a fabulous walk to work every morning, through the seasons. I wonder if there are bluebells there in spring as well?
Hi Julian yes there are native English Bluebells, however in the 80’s an A road was put in cutting across the top of our lane and the route through the woods to the next village. Crossing between 10 and 3 is fine, otherwise you have to take your life in your hands. Progress!!
Don’t you love the sound that the leaves on the ground makes as you walk through them during the fall.
Certainly do Charlie! 🙂
Lovely photo Julie. I’ve never seen such large hornbeam trees. Helen
The Hornbeam walk, now surrounded by a small wood, was apparently owned by Wrest Park, (an English Heritage house in the next village). Workers from our village walked through the hornbeams to work on the Wrest Park estate. The Hornbeams are veterans but I’m not certain when they were planted.
Beautiful picture Julie, I can almost hear the crackle of the dry leaves beneath my feet.
I spend quiet a lot of time wondering how bad would it be to dig up just a smidgeon of the underlying leaf mould.
Just beautiful! The smooth tree trunks seem to be emerging from a sea of gold. I would like to plant an American hornbeam in my garden – Carpinus caroliniana. Though it is a much smaller tree than what you have there.
Just looked your tree up and it sounds a lovely choice Jason.
Oh, wow. I’m almost wordless myself at this gorgeous sight.
Hi Cynthia, the Hornbeam walk is a gem in the middle of a now unmanaged and quite neglected wood, which is sited at the top of the lane we live in. We walk there most days with our dog but its this time of year we love it most.
What a fantastic photo Julie. It makes you really want to walk down the path and hear the leaves scrunching.
Thanks Chloris, apart from todays rain, we’ve had some great walking weather lately.
Perfect image – you’re very talented!
Thanks Annette, I really enjoy taking photos.
Just beautiful Julie…
Thanks Donna, after posting this photo its made me realise how much I’ve taken this walk for granted and wish I knew more about its planting, a winter project I think.
How lovely. I think I would be hard pressed to choose between Hornbeam or Beech but that photo is coming in loud and strong for the hornbeam!
I really like Hornbeam too, it also sounds posher than Beech!