This year for Tree Following I've been following a horse chestnut tree in North Merchiston Cemetery (one of the cemeteries on our #DailyExercise route that we have been walking most days since the beginning of lockdown - we're no longer in actual lockdown but continued restrictions have meant that we have carried on walking this route every weekday lunchtime.
The horse chestnut has now lost most of its leaves
Several long tailed tits were flying round the tree when I took that photo above but I don't think any of them show in the photo. These lovely little birds form flocks at this time of year and wander through the woodlands, often in the company of other small birds.
and time to look closer at the bark!
and after recent rain, you can see how some areas of the trunk are very wet while some have stayed dry!