Crocuses

Crocuses, Windmill Lane

The regimented ranks give the clue that these aren’t actually wild.

Crocuses, Windmill Lane

But they are still welcome as another sign that spring may at long last be almost here.

Crocuses, Windmill Lane

Hazelnut shell

Hazelnut shell

This hazelnut has been opened and eaten by a squirrel. The wood on which it is resting is a bench by the South Staffordshire Railway Walk. It is just about possible to make out the holes left behind by woodworm.

Velvet shrank mushrooms

Velvet shank mushrooms

These bright mushrooms grow from towards the base of trees.

Velvet shank mushrooms

The pictured specimens were growing on different stumps along the railway walk in the Smestow Valley nature reserve and its continuation into south Staffordshire.

Velvet shank mushrooms

The royal oak

The royal oak, Boscobel

The oak behind Boscobel House which is claimed to be a descendant of the one where Charles II hid after the Battle of Worcester. From the road the tree does not look likely to last much longer.

The Prince Albert

Prince Albert

One of the first sights on heading for Wolverhampton city centre from the railway station, the Prince Albert is somewhat overshadowed by the bulk of the Chubb Building.