Usually when we walk there are plenty of people around but that day we passed only a few dedicated dog walkers. We had one of those rare times when we almost felt that we had the park to ourselves. Rows of trees stood in total silence.
This tree had just a few lonely parakeets perched in its branches. In the summer they screech around but that day they were quite silent.
These majestic oaks are usually dressed with their leaves for most of the year and you don't really get to see the tangle of branches which lie underneath.
Winter reveals them and I thought they looked quite mysterious. It's not really surprising that ancient folks worshipped them...if you look at the trunks for long enough faces do seem to stare out at you.
Even the birds on the ponds were sitting quietly.
We spotted a few empty nests...
Spring at the moment seems a long,long way off but just as we were leaving I took a closer look at some of the branches...
I noticed that there are some definite slight stirrings going on, yes buds. Although they were tightly shut they were present on many of the branches.So even on the dullest, darkest winter day it seems that mother nature is still busying herself behind the scenes and there is a promise of spring.
We walked briskly home to the warm and when we got indoors smiled when we saw Billy lying upside down ......Billy often sleeps this way, his family we got him from as a kitten said he was always the one who all his brothers and sisters laid on. Bless!
....stay in the warm and perhaps just dream of the sleeping giants...;0)
Bye for now,
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