These woods are Forestry Commission and in the most part they are a uniform plantation of conifers. Added to that this was a dull overcast day, although the light was soft with a hint of mist.
There are patches where old beach trees still grow. I imagine these mature beach trees were there before the conifers were planted and will probably be there after the conifers are gone.
But the day took an interesting twist when I chatted with another photographer. He took me to a patch of conifers down the track. We peered into dense plantation and out of the darkness popped a young beach tree with golden autumn leaves.
It looked amazing as it glowed through the gloom.
Having been shown one small beach tree, I began to see them throughout the woods.
Excitedly, I found myself photographing each young beach as I wondered around the moss covered woodland floor.
It was dark in the woods, so I looked for young beach near the edges of the plantation.
A day that started poorly had been transformed with a little help from a kind stranger who had seen things a bit differently.