It was a cold sunny day today but the birds were all singing and calling very energetically and chasing each other through the trees in preparation for spring! Lovely to see and hear, though as I was doing my weekly litter pick in the Dells (alongside the Water of Leith) I didn't get photos of the birds (by the time I've laid down my litter picker and got out my camera, the birds have invariably disappeared!)
Trees are easier to photograph as they're not going to move anywhere. These trees are hornbeams
Hornbeams aren't native to Scotland, though they are native to the south of England. These specific trees were planted in the Dells when the area was full of watermills. The wood of the hornbeam is very hard and was used in the construction of mill wheels and other parts.
I shared these photos also today in the new Facebook group 'Trees to Celebrate in Edinburgh'. If you live or work in Edinburgh and are interested in celebrating our trees then you can join the group here.