Shades of Autumn
w/e 16 October 2011
All this week's pictures were taken
with a Kodak DX6490
I heard it said recently that because of the weather
conditions in the spring and summer of this year, that the colours
to be seen this autumn would be vivid and brighter than usual.
I have yet to see any evidence of this but as these images show
we are well and truly into the autumn season and there are many
shades and colours even if they are not as intense as anticipated
Early in the week on a blustery afternoon with a hint of rain
in the air, we walked in Shipley Country Park where there were
splashes of blue and yellow among the dying grasses of the wildflower
Leaves on the trees nearby were beginning to change but there
was still plenty of green about.
In the more sheltered areas of the Cinderhill Coppice where we
sought refuge from the strong wind, the leaves were also changing
and those on the silver birch trees hung down like a series of
The next day but still under grey skies an unexpected occurrence
led us to Long Lane at Shipley where from the railway footbridge,
I caught this view of the golden leaves and evergreen tree by
Station House and over the rooftop to the cattle in the distant
field and Cotmanhay Wood beyond.
Another day on and there was still a distinct autumnal feeling
to the weather and whilst out walking the dog, I noticed all
the fallen leaves along this footpath. A feature of the season
this year on many of the trees appears to be that the leaves
are just withering up and dying without any noticeable colour
change before falling to form a deep carpet below.
On 'Illy 'Oleys on the same day, as if to prove me a liar, some
of the trees were showing some pleasing colours but still not
with the intensity that I was given to believe.
A closer look at some of the fallen leaves seemed to give credence
to both theories with brightly coloured ones lying side by side
with shrivelled up leaves that were still showing patches of
Towards the end of the week the sun came out and everywhere looked
so much brighter. The leaves on the trees down by the lake in
Wollaton Park, near Nottingham responded by taking on some brighter
The drive up to Wollaton Hall from the lake was flanked by trees
that were also looking more autumnal than many more still to
take on their seasonal colours.
And finally just to dispel any lingering doubts about the season,
the acorns on one of the many oak trees in the park provided
further evidence of the time of year - but notice the leaves
are still green! So from the dull day in Shipley Park and the
wildflower meadow to the bright sunlit afternoon at Wollaton
we've seen the many shades of autumn in just a single week.