What are your average winter colours?

In a season not famed for the range of its colour palette things tend to stand out especially if they offer something for the eye to latch onto.

Of course what they do latch onto isn’t always pleasant as the hidden detritus of humanity rise like dropped zombies from the undergrowth in the form of long hidden cans and crisp packets.

Alternatively more interesting things also appear; the white thing in amongst the grass is unlikely to be a daisy so a slight detour to investigate and this time it turned out to be some (this may be one for the birdy purists) Green Woodpecker poo!  Alright maybe not the best example but Green Woodpeckers are often so elusive all you usually get is them laughing at you as they disappear behind a tree.

A better example is called for I think so maybe consider the slime mould the Great White, the Lion, the Velociraptor of the microscopic world as it voraciously and relentlessly (but very slowly)hunts down its prey of bacteria and fungi,  often overlooked but often more visible in winter as they produce their often brightly coloured spores.

A splash of colour often lets you know there are things about that maybe shouldn’t be, like for example flowering Hazel in late November, extremely early (maybe slightly worryingly early) for them to be producing pollen the yellow catkin catches the eye in amongst the last of this year’s green leaves.

Graham Watkeys – Taf Fechan Volunteer Warden