Hidden Gold

Stockhill Woods - Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR52838

Stockhill Woods – Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR52838

Stockhill Woods

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.

Stockhill Woods - Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR53092

Stockhill Woods – Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR53092

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.

Stockhill Woods - Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR52920

Stockhill Woods – Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR52920

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.

Stockhill Woods - Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR52779

Stockhill Woods – Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR52779

Having been shown one small beach tree, I began to see them throughout the woods.

Stockhill Woods - Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR52781

Stockhill Woods – Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR52781

Excitedly, I found myself photographing each young beach as I wondered around the moss covered woodland floor.

Stockhill Woods - Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR52955

Stockhill Woods – Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR52955

It was dark in the woods, so I looked for young beach near the edges of the plantation.

Stockhill Woods - Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR53074

Stockhill Woods – Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR53074

A day that started poorly had been transformed with a little help from a kind stranger who had seen things a bit differently.

Stockhill Woods - Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK.

Stockhill Woods – Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK.

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