It is Slow…but there is a change afoot

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OK…I know it is too soon to be talking about Autumn….but it is on the way.  Just small signs but slowly it is creeping towards us.

Berries are full and ripe, the Rosebay Willow Herb so powerful a week ago is now setting seed, its foliage now living up to its other name of Fireweed. The woods are dark  with long shadows, in those shadows the first of the autumnal Fungi are appearing.  The much dreaded Japanese Knot Weed, much hated by conservationists, is doing a grand job providing nectar and pollen for bees and many other insects… flower heads are dropping and the vital; seeds are setting..

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It has been a strange year so far with record high temperatures, lots of sunshine but also lots of rain.  As a result all flora seems to have been plentiful…be it a weed or a hybrid, they have all loved it.  I wonder if Autumn will be more plentiful than normal too

20th August

(C) David Oakes 2019

 

 

 

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Cees Fun Foto Challenge – Trees

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I love the skeletons of winters trees…whilst they may be dormant (not dead.. just sleeping) they do give life to the bleak winter woodlands.

But I need to fast forward quite a few months to get to my favourite time for trees,  that of course is autumn.  We know it is near the end of the seasonal cycle but they pass through these autumnal months with one of there most colourful displays.  Full leaf, then a touch of gold, through to bold brash golds and reds, then back to bare branches and a woodland floor carpet with golden brown leaves.  Waving goodbye….. whilst very positively saying wait till next year and we will do it all again.

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Well that’s is my contribution to this weeks Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge.  I needed little encouragement to join in with the topic of Trees.

This is the link for Cee’s Blog:-

https://ceenphotography.com/2019/08/13/cees-fun-foto-challenge-trees/

Have some fun and join in

14th August

(C) David Oakes 2019

Rain at Night…Now that is my Delight

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We do seem to have developed a weather pattern that gives us rain at night and sunshine during the day…. even though we do get some threatening clouds scurrying across the sky just to remind us to take the waterproofs with us.

 The mix of warm sun and some refreshing rains is working wonders with the vegetations.  Ferns and bracken thrive and will soon take over the woodland floor, rich growth not just limited to the woods…

Not a bad outlook for mid summer

22 June

(C) David Oakes 2019

Some Proper Spring Weather……

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Sunshine and Showers and a much cooler climate, weather that is much more like the Spring weather we expect.

Yesterday morning’s woodland walk was fresh and stimulating. New growth everywhere, the bright greens and yellows of new leaves and of course lots of Bluebells. I hesitate to say it has been a bumper year for these iconic woodland flowers, but it might well be.  I make no apology for featuring these drifts of Blue again…after all we cannot enjoy them for long, in fact many are now retracting and falling back to disappear for another year.

26th April

(C) David Oakes 2019