Autumn is still several weeks away but now at the end of the first week of September there are some signs of its approach and that it might be the best autumn for a few years.
There is lots of lush growth both on and around the lake but the grasses are starting to seed and the bracken in places drying and turning brown. Small signs I know and overall September is proving to show those comforting signs of a warm late summer, ideal for a lakeside walk…..
The woodland is still a place of green leaf and dark shadows from the overhead canopy, the sun just breaking through those odd gaps. A closer look does show that trees like the Oak are now busy setting their acorns, acorns that will drop and feed the Squirrels and Jays but also set in motion seedlings of new Oak’s for the future. But that closer look also indicates hat those green leaves whilst still bright are now starting to dry….soon they will be brittle and most will turn rich golden brown.
Hopefully that is many weeks away, but like all things in the natural world…..it all depends upon the weather. Sun, rain and wind as we know is very unpredictable in the UK and more often than not presents us with a few surprises
(C) David Oakes 2016