Autumn…its just around the Corner!



Someone said yesterday, that Autumn was just around the corner. It is an inevitable fact that Autumn will arrive. However I do hope that round this corner there is a long straight road of late summer for us to enjoy first.

The rains of last week, whilst not that intense, have revitalised the trees which for the most part are once again showing a spring like green..

Ash Keys are now plumping up with new seeds ready to be dispersed in the wind when they fall in the autumn.  What is worrying is the trend of recent years for the Horse Chestnut Trees to display brown rust spots on there leaves…very noticeable this year..


Late August the days have cooled…. but still the early morning glow, with a lower sun, does light up the browns and the odd leaf that has started to turn indicating that whilst hopefully it is some way off, autumn is on the way….


30th August

(C) David Oakes 2018


Early Morning…and the sun shone



Early Morning in Big Wood, Allestree

The forecast is again one of mixed weather so it was obvious that we had to take advantage of the mornings sunshine for an invigorating and relax walk in the woods.

As we know the sun is rising later each day, lower in the sky and casting long dark shadows which all creates a different mood each day, as the year progresses inevitably towards autumn…but thankfully, and hopefully, a few more week of late summer weather will be very welcome. Meantime lets just enjoy those ever changing shadows and the refreshed rich greens.



And just to remind you that summer is nearing its end….. the Elderberries are now just about right for harvesting.


26th August

(C) David Oakes 2018

And so it goes on….summer that is

Both in the woodlands…….


and in the garden, summer continues…..


8th of October and the sun still continues to warm us during the day.  The Weather Forecasters have been issue ing warnings over the weekend predicting that the warm spell was over.  True at night it is certainly colder, but no frosts.  As each day starts and finishes with clear blue skies it does maximise the benefits of the sun.

At dawn the lake started to glow as if autumn was approaching…..


But it didn’t take long for the woods to glow for yet another bonus summer like day, a fresh green blending with the few leaves that have dried and fallen….


The Yew tree is now producing its annual crop of berries.  Wax like in appearance they glisten just a little like miniature Christmas baubles…….


It is of course the start of the fungi season.  This solitary Fly Agaric was my first of the year…


It is now that many of the decaying fallen tree trunks act as host to small forests of fungi……


The Tortoiseshell Butterfly must soon head into cover and hibernate over winter. So it is important that it takes on board as much energy from the nectar as it can. Here it is Chives that is the provider, and it must have been a pretty rich source as this Tortoiseshell has been feeding here for most of the day.  It is important that it survives as Butterfly numbers have fallen drastically over the past few years and it only this year that we have seen their numbers start a slow gradual recovery…


Lets hope it is a survivor.

8th October

© David Oakes 2013