I think this is what is called an Indian Summer….the Autumn Equinox has just past yet we are still enjoying what by any standards is a great spell of summer weather. True, this morning did start with temperatures of 9c (that felt cold) but soon rose to a warm 19/20c……not bad for late September.
New life is still making the most of this warm spell to gather its strength for the winter ahead…
A young Black Headed Gull appears to stand guard over two young Coot’s and an even younger Moorhen…..there are even some more ducklings on the lake.
The Ash Tree in the Meadow is still in full and healthy leaf..
The Ash is for me an ‘indicator’ Tree. The old Spring saying of “Ash before Oak and we are in for a Soak – Oak before the Ash we are in for a Splash” does seem to have some credability. But one thing is much more of a certainty…the Ash will be the first to shed all its leaves and usually overnight! As yet it still suggests summer is with us.
Talking of trees with a fine head of leaf, our venerable Furlong Oak, although weather beaten having endured many winters and rather skeleton like, is still able to sport a trim haircut. A future replacement is already challenging for honours…
Why Furlong Oak ? Well thats my name for the veteran. On old maps this tree is marked in one of a network of fields, this field was named Oak Furlong Meadow…simple!
Fruits are well formed on Cornus (both the Red and Green Cornus) and Hawthorn, whilst Rosebay Willowherb have turned to seed and the Balsam now wilting, yet still supply insects with nectar..
Warm and settled it appears but casting an eye across the wild meadow to the woodland beyond and you can clearly see that some hints of autumn’s colours are starting to form
The weather and seasons will have their own final say as to when the real change will occur. Meantime I am fully enjoying this Indian Summer style Equinox
(C) David Oakes 2016