Love is all around.... or at least Hearts are all around the shops at this time of year - but hearts can be found in abundance in the natural world all year round.
This week's National Trust Challenge on Instagram was to capture images of hearts in the natural world. Go have a look - #NTChallenge
I spent a chilly hour meandering around my local National Trust property Morden Hall Park and my time was consumed by peering at tree bark, squinting at the clouds, gazing in icy puddles and scrabbling around in the vegetation. It undoubtedly made me stop and look closer at my surroundings than I ever normally do.
As a botanist, I was unsurprisingly drawn to leaves more often than anything else.
Are you ready for a bit of botany?
The word botanists use to describe this shape of leaf is cordate.
A treasure hunt for different shapes in nature is a great way to get you looking more carefully at the world around you, not just for children!