Nowhere to Hide……

Blue Tit

All Fluffed Up….

Now that the leaves have all but gone there is nowhere to hide for a hungry Blue Tit.

4th December

(C) David Oakes 2017


One Could Say that Autumn has arrived…. but very slowly


Mixed Autumnal Colours beneath the Beech

I think we have made mention on numerous occasions that the seasonal weather pattern has not followed  the prescribed time table. Add to that months of above average temperatures and others of exceptional rains and I am not sure if the trees and plants know if they are coming or going.


November 9th and the trees are still pretty full of leaf.  The Silver Birch, usually the first to drop is this year providing weeks of its unique golden colours, showing little signs of dropping.  The Beech, whilst loosing some leaves still have canopy thick enough to cast long shadows.  Oak Trees have yet to turn brown, Sycamore are pale yellow, whilst the only trees to play the seasonal ball have been Chestnuts and the Ash.

Overall it is still very green….and I have that feeling that the real autumnal colours may well elude us this year.

As to the weather itself…it would now seem as if we have one brilliant day followed by dull damp and cold just like November is supposed to be. So being a bright sunny day here is a potpourri of today in the woods….


9th November

(C) David Oakes 2017




Contrasts…….On the Edge


Pine and Birch

On the edge of the moors the cold and winds have started to leave there marks.  The Silver Birch has been stripped of its leaves ….. whilst the Pine remains smug in the knowledge that its will remained clothed in its green needles throughout the coming winter.

4th November

(C) David Oakes 2017