Ilkeston - Autumn
w/e 14 October 2007
this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490
These autumnal images were all captured on a short walk that
took in the Rutland Recreation Ground, Victoria Park and the
Market Place but we'll start here on the tree-lined Oakwell Drive.
This low level view of Oakwell Drive shows that many of the leaves
have already fallen from the trees. The Rutland Recreation Ground
is behind the evergreen trees on the left.
At the moment many of the trees on the Recreation Ground are
at that intermediate stage still showing many green leaves but
also an almost equal number of browns, yellows and golds.
After crossing the
Rutland Rec. and walking along King George Avenue (left and right)
by Ilkeston School we were soon at the entrance to Victoria Park
(above). Here some of the pink roses seen on the left are still
in flower and the leaves of a birch tree are turning red - both
adding a splash of colour amongst the evergreens. The rose arbour
in the distance is still green but all of the flowers have now
Also in the Park there's already a carpet of fallen leaves beneath
a couple of horse chestnut trees with plenty more still to fall.
There are almost as many outer casings from the chestnuts discarded
by eager youngsters after extracting the nuts for use as conkers.
Those horse chestnut trees together with many other species create
an imposing and colourful sight along the edge of Bristol Road.
Leaving the Park and heading to the Market Place, we can see
some colourful leaves there too but notice also that much of
the street furniture including the seats and some of the bollards
around the old fountain are missing. Work has been ongoing this
week to clear the area in readiness for the arrival of the showmen
for the town's annual Charter Fair next week.
But we'll end this look at the autumn leaves in a quiet corner
of St. Mary's Churchyard. It's quiet this week but next week
it will be anything but, as the funfair blares out the latest
sounds to accompany the rides.