Wednesday, 13 May 2009

A Riot of Colour

More from yesterday's walk around Shipley Hill. In the sunshine, the Rhododendrons and Azaleas were looking at their best. The colours seeming to glow among the dark leaves and branches.

Seen against the blue sky, these bright orange beauties looked as fine as any exotic bloom.

Carrying on through the woodland atop the hill, we came across a couple of 'woodland folk'. Seemingly keeping a silent eye on the goings on of the Shipley Estate they might hark back to a time of Green Men and woodland spirits.

Originally seen as a sign of rebirth and the coming Springtime plenty, the Green Man has been around for well over 1000 years. Green Women are rarer but there seems to be one in Shipley Woods.

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