Wordless Wednesday….Another Favourite Place


Location:-  Nearer to home this week.  November Mist over Allestree Lake, Derbyshire 

14th November  (image November last year)

(C) David Oakes 2018



No Excuses…..


A Beech basking in Early Morning Light, Allestree

Not just another Autumn image ….but maybe the last this season.  So no excuses for indulging myself.

For some time I have rather suspected that the autumn leaves would not reach there full potential this year. They are late to turn, in fact overall the woodland is still green, and after the dry summer, with just a little damp spell before autumn began, the leaves are dry and fragile.

Storms are predicted for this weekend. If that forecast comes true I guess the leaves will just be stripped, leaving skeletons to admire until the Spring.


The Silver Birch is without doubt one of my favourite trees.  This one is a specimen that I guess self seeded many years ago on the edge of the Ha-ha.  One of the first to drop its leaves,  like just about all the Birch in our woodland, whilst displaying yellowing leaves, they are hanging on.

Storm or no storm there is a wind of change in the air…it does feel very different.

Down by the Lake the wind is now rippling the water and the overall colour is more subdued. But the sun still shines.


For the start of November…that isn’t half bad.  A bonus maybe.

2nd November

(C) David Oakes 2018

Just a little Change…..


Early Morning at Allestree Lake

October progresses but the autumn colours are still reluctant to show.  At the moment it is only the occasional none native tree that is leading the way.

The Rufus Oak is just starting to reach its dramatic colour change, the colour change that describes its colour, with a distinctive leaf size and shape very different from its cousins the English Oak’s.


I guess we have to wait for a real frost to make our woodlands glow with the oranges, reds and browns of autumn, as for the most part they are still rich and sparkling green in the early morning sun.



Fungi are now starting to appear in larger numbers, helped I think by recent rain and the still unseasonably high temperatures…


It is though a little deceiving as the morning light does shine its spotlight on the carpet of leaves across the woodland….but these are not the result of autumn, but the drought we have had this summer, causing many immature and weak leaves to dry and fall…  just a small hint of the colours of autumn to come.



9th October

(C) David Oakes 2018