We had a lovely sunny and mild late November weekend, so I took the opportunity to go hiking in my favourite local hiking spot, the Westermark forest near the town of Syke, which has been featured in these pages before.
And since I took my camera along, here are some photos:
The main path through the woods.
Another look down the main path with beautifully coloured foliage. Because the fall was mild, there are still a lot of leaves on the trees.
A golden-leaved beech tree stands among a bunch of firs.
This little rest hut stands in the middle of the woods.
A bench under a barren tree.
A look up at the canopies of the trees. Note the falling leaves, stirred up by a gust of wind.
A look into the woods. The ground is completely covered in dead leaves. Note the numbers sprayed onto some of the trunks as signs for the lumberjacks.
The lumberjacks have been busy of late and so the trunks of cut down trees lined many of the paths.
More lumber. Note the sprayed words: “E. Frei”, which I suppose is the name of the owner of these particular trunks.
An aged beech tree that almost looks like a sculpture.
The field at the center of the forest is lit by the afternoon sun.
A particularly beautiful example of a tree with autumn coloured leaves.
This path goes along the edge of the woods.
A mix of light – the gilded beech tree – and dark – the firs on the other side of the path.
Close-up of the clovers that cover parts of the ground in the forest.
A close-up of a fern leaf.
This photo was not taken in the Westermark woods, but in the nearby village of Steinforth. Note the stunning fall colours.