Autumn in Ashridge Woods, England

When I think of Autumn, I think of the death and decay. The smell of the damp ground and the rotting leaves hangs heavy across the long wet grass on its carpeted forest floor. The trees within Ashridge Woods are mostly Beech, Sycamore, Sweet Chestnut and Silver Birch. However, there are large sections of Pine, Scruce etc.

The grassy walkways are lined with low-level bracken fern and fallen dead wood - a great habitat for insects and fungi. The paths are generally boggy this time of year and its recommended one wears good wellie boots. 

As we walked along these grass avenues, the afternoon sun was breaking through the trees creating golden shafts of light against the Autumnal foliage. The soft greens, amber yellows and duff oranges created a wonderful spectrum of colour.

There is plenty of fungus on the trees to photograph too. I even managed to find a Pale Tussock Moth Larvae on the forest floor.