The first chance for a while to take advantage of some very early spring sunshine.
Batford is a small village just beyond Harpenden along the Lower Luton Road heading towards Wheathampstead. Batford Springs is an area of grass across from some of the cottages where the river (I think it may be the the Lea) meanders among the trees, leading to a recreation ground, on the day I was there the grass was sodden, and many of the paths extremely muddy underfoot.
I had never been before so I took the advantage of a vacant space in the layby to park up and take a wander. In full spring and summer, I imagined it to be full of wildlife, as I could hear birdsong from all around, and it was obviously an area favoured by dog owners.
There were several bench style seats strategically located beneath the trees, and in warmer weather I can imagine them to be taken to sit and eat lunch. The weirs have been maintained and the clever stepping stones across allow a variety of routes to be taken through the woods. The sound of the water masks the sounds of vehicles along the main road, and even though when I was there it was in the afternoon, there was still ice on the branch caught in one weir.
I tried to capture the colour and the shapes the water flow made and the isolation of the place, I was pleased to get a chance to take photos again.