Ilkeston - Parks and Paths
w/e 01 November 2015
All of this week's pictures were
taken with a Kodak DX6490
Calm returned to the town after last week's annual
Charter Fair and with it the weather took a downward turn. That
coupled with other commitments meant that outings for photographic
purposes were limited so this selection comes from several days
prior to and during the Fair when some fine weather showed off
the autumn season at its best. The photos were all taken in parks
or on footpaths close to the town centre.
Of course an obvious place to start is Victoria Park where there
were nearly as many leaves on the ground as on the trees.
Also on Victoria Park, different trees were showing a variety
of autumn colours.
A number of squirrels were scampering about among the trees foraging
in the leaves like this one beneath the large Duke Oak in the
middle of the park.
It's hard to believe in a quiet corner like this where more trees
were putting on a colourful display that it is only a few minutes
walk to the town centre.
Another few minutes walk on the other side of the town centre
is Chaucer Old Park or 'Illy 'Oleys as I (along with many other
Ilkestonians) prefer to call it. Here the leaves on one of the
largest trees in the park are at different stages of the colour
change and are producing a lovely mottled effect.
Another view on 'Illy 'Oleys towards Cantelupe Road shows once
again how the different species make this one of the most colourful
seasons of the year.
I called this selection of images "Parks and Paths"
and the path from 'Illy 'Oleys towards the underpass where Chalons
Way crosses is lined with trees on both sides, all of which appear
to be dropping leaves.
The ground is covered with golden leaves but they contrast with
the green ones still on the branches.
Near the underpass the path is crossed by another leading towards
Chaucer Junior School which is obscured by a line of colourful
trees that enhances the view towards Eastwood in the distance.
Note also the mower cutting the grass and the wind turbine at
Newthorpe on the left.
On the other side of the underpass, steps lead up in front of
the Erewash Museum but this pictures was taken from under the
trees by the side of the path that swings round for the use of
wheeled conveyances like prams, pushchairs and wheelchairs. It's
also easier for walkers of a certain age too!