Stuck in this morning due to the falling rain, here are some more pictures from our recent walks. Growing on the ground along the old West Hallam Colliery railway lines and desiccating in the sunshine, there is a large quantity of something called Reindeer Lichen (Cladina portentosa). Able to withstand the drought of these arid areas as well as the wet of heaths and moorland, this is a very versatile lichen and has a strangely attractive look as it carpets the ground.
Larix decidua). These deciduous conifers are covering their branches with bright green new needles and look fresh in the sunshine. along with these needles, the cones are appearing too.