Trees in winter

Plane tree in winter

The plane tree (above) and horse chestnut (below) stand next to one another on Newbidge Crescent.

Horse chestnut in winter

The lichen is growing on the chestnut only from about the level where the trunk divides into boughs.

Flying heron

Flying heron

This heron continued on the lookout for fish and apparently undisturbed when I paused and while I was getting out my camera. Just before I started to raise the camera to my eye, the bird was off.

Canalside sandstone cliff

Canalside sandstone cliff

Some sections of the Staffs and Worcs canal are cut into sandstone, giving the appearance of cliffs forming the bank opposite the tow path. This picture was taken with my back towards the aqueduct where the canal crosses the river Stour. The brightly lit rock face is reflected in a then frozen canal. There is an intriguing black-painted door in the rock face at water level.