It's an entrancing time of year for trees. Where I live few buds have opened. (There's one hawthorn which unfailingly starts ahead of the others and its branches are already spattered with tiny leaves.)
But skies are often blue now instead of grey and the sunlight shining between the mostly bare branches is tinted with streaks of gold instead of the uniform silver we've been used to since the end of autumn. It's cold though. Indeed, it seems colder than it has been for ages.
Birds are singing - and magpies doing voice impersonations of woodpeckers which is confusing and a little disappointing!
And here we are with the March link box for Tree Following posts. Keep going folks! Your tree may not be 'doing' much yet. It depends a lot on where you are. Some Tree Followers are taking the moment to find out the history of their tree, or how it grows, personal associations or the birds and animals which use it. It's fascinating. And there may well be interesting things going on at the base of your tree's trunk.
I came across this thin branch which had fallen into a woodland stream.
|You may like to enlarge this to see the Jelly Ear in more detail.|
When I put the picture on iSpot people mentioned the white that looks like paint
is a fungus too. (Though what?)
The photo was taken on March 3rd 2015
in the gloom of a woodland stream with no golden sunlight.
The brown fungi growing along it are Jelly Ear / Jew's Ear / Judas' Ear / Auricularia auricula-judae. If you'd like to know more about this fungus and its odd name, I wrote a post about it in April 2013. That was growing on an elderberry tree but it grows on other trees too. (Or you could go to the fount of all wisdom (!) Wikipedia.)