Skeletons of the summer….


Gradually, very gradually,  the autumn colours are arriving and this weekends winds have delivered a few skeletons of once vibrant leaves.

16th October

(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


WP Weekly Photo Challenge….SERENE


The last day of November…its cold but sunny, calm and so peaceful.  Whilst it may be too cold to sit on the bench for long it is SERENE down by the Lake.


Just a suggestion for this weeks DP Photo Challenge.  See what others have suggested on this link:-

30th November

(C) David Oakes 2017

Below the Beech…..


Low winds and light frosts have made a big and quick change to the Beech woods. The leaves have dropped and the late autumnal sun is spotlighting the beauty of the Beech’s stout tall trunks…

The carpet of leaves crunch and send up a sweet and distinctive autumnal smell as nice as any perfume from the long gone summer flowers.

Another great day to be out and about.

Hard to think that meteorologically it is the start of winter tomorrow

30th November

(C) David Oakes 2017


Cold but still a great day….


Early morning and it is very cold by the Lake.  The ground was hard as if there had been a frost but what had been around soon disappeared.

It was equally as cold in the woods but that early sunshine added a warm glow, but not warm enough to kill the northerly wind coming straight from the Arctic.

 But this is November so I guess a cold spell is to be expected.

29th November

(C) David Oakes 2017