A splash of Sunshine….


After our mini wet spell it has been nice to enjoy some late summer sunshine…I say late summer as whilst those hints of autumn colour still tease us the trees are still mostly in green leaf.


That leaf cover is still so dense that the morning sun struggles to reach the woodland floor, just splashes of warm light whilst the sun is still low in the sky.


It is Chestnut Trees (both the Horse and Sweet) that have dropped their leaves…perhaps they have been suffering from a leaf disease that has been effecting some Chestnuts.  A grub eats the leaves from within, they dry and drop….of course once on the floor the dry leaves do give you that autumnal feeling.

27th October

(C) David Oakes 2017



Old Roots…. Run Deep !


Still Standing Straight and Tall….

Old Roots Run Deep or so the old saying goes, how deep these roots go I don’t know…… but they are certainly clinging on to what ever they can get grasp of.

Apart from weathering by heavy winter rains over the years, I guess part of this erosion is also because the tree is standing alongside an old cart track that is still used today……no doubt adding to natures erosion.

25th April

(C) David Oakes 2017

Late Afternoon


Big Wood, Allestree, Derbyshire

No not an autumn afternoon but after a dull morning with rain threatening the late afternoon brought a  complete change….and the low evening sun could fool you into thinking it is not spring but autumn again…..even smelt autumnal.

16th March

(C) David Oakes 2017

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Light Green


You have to go back to Spring for greens like these…… fresh and bright after winters dark

A submission for Cees Fun Foto Challenge.  See what others have suggested on :-   https://ceenphotography.com/2016/09/27/cees-fun-foto-challenge-light-greens/

Fun Foto

27th September

(C) David Oakes 2016

An Indian Equinox ……


Allestree Lake….

I think this is what is called an Indian Summer….the Autumn Equinox has just past yet we are still enjoying what by any standards is a  great spell of summer weather.  True, this morning did start with temperatures of 9c (that felt cold) but soon rose to a warm 19/20c……not bad for late September.

New life is still making the most of this warm spell to gather its strength for the winter ahead…


A young Black Headed Gull appears to stand guard over two young Coot’s and an even younger Moorhen…..there are even some more ducklings on the lake.

The Ash Tree in the Meadow is still in full and healthy leaf..


The Ash is for me an ‘indicator’ Tree.  The old Spring saying of “Ash before Oak and we are in for a Soak – Oak before the Ash we are in for a Splash” does seem to have some credability.  But one thing is much more of a certainty…the Ash will be the first to shed all its leaves and usually overnight!  As yet it still suggests summer is with us.

Talking of trees with a fine head of leaf, our venerable Furlong Oak, although weather beaten having endured many winters and rather skeleton like, is still able to sport a trim haircut. A future replacement is already challenging for honours…


Why Furlong Oak ? Well thats my name for the veteran. On old maps this tree is marked in one of a network of fields, this field was named Oak Furlong Meadow…simple!

Fruits are well formed on Cornus (both the Red and Green Cornus) and Hawthorn, whilst Rosebay Willowherb have turned to seed and the Balsam now wilting, yet still supply insects with nectar..

Warm and settled it appears but casting an eye across the wild meadow to the woodland beyond and you can clearly see that some hints of autumn’s colours are starting to form


The weather and seasons will have their own final say as to when the real change will occur.  Meantime I am fully enjoying this Indian Summer style Equinox

24th September

(C) David Oakes 2016