The plane tree (above) and horse chestnut (below) stand next to one another on Newbidge Crescent.
The lichen is growing on the chestnut only from about the level where the trunk divides into boughs.
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.
The view down the bottom two locks of the Stourbridge canal towards the Staffs & Worcs which crosses below.
Narrowboats reflected off a frozen canal in bright winter sunshine.
Frost outlining the leaves of a delicate ivy.
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.
The combination of icicles and flowing water is not as dramatic as in wintery mountain waterfalls, but I still find it appealing.
The winged seeds of an ash.
Bracket fungus growing on a fallen tree trunk by the railway walk in Smestow Valley.
“When gorse is out of bloom, kissing is out of season.” This gorse was flowering before the end of January.
This honey fungus was covered with frost towards the end of January.
It’s a toadstool-shaped fungus which grows in clumps at the base of tree trunks, killing the tree in the process.
There are at least two species of lichen growing on the bark of this mature birch.