A grey day with soft light for a walk in the Forêt de Senart. The green haze of new leaves on the oak, hornbeam and beech trees blurs the silhouettes of the trees but doesn’t yet hide the framework of the branches. The dark ponds scattered through the woods draw down pools of light. Today the reflected trees seemed more clearly defined than the real ones.
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Due to the combination of flat terrain and clay subsoil over millstone grit, the 3,000 hectare forest contains over 70 large ponds and any number of small ones. This distinctive feature has, over the centuries, protected the forest from creeping development from the surrounding towns, now suburbs of Paris.