Mid Day and the shadows are getting longer…
Like it or not, nor we cannot fight against it, here in the Northern Hemisphere the sun is moving southwards once again….so each day is just that little bit shorter and the shadows noticeably longer.
Apart from the shadows the meadows grasses are turning yellow, and the meadow flowers turning to seed.
In the hedgerow the Elder Berries are swelling and starting to develop their distinctive dark rich colour in clusters along red stems….
The colourful Himalayan Balsam may be consider an invasive specie, but in these days when they report that Bee populations are declining due to lack of food, then for me the Balsam appears to be a life line.
The leaf canopy in the woods remains dense allowing only a shafts of sun to reach the woodland floor. In the young Silver Birch coppice it provides a dappled carpet of brightness into what would otherwise be a dark space…
Nearly the middle of August and the year moves on in readiness of the next seasonal change.
(C) David Oakes 2017