October already, how the years fly past these days. It doesn’t seem 11 months since I was planning and packing for my trip to Australia and New Zealand. Luckily we have been experiencing an Indian Summer here in the UK. September and October have been mostly dry so far. Misty mornings give way to bright cloudless days until mid afternoon when cloud descends again. Being sunny and unseasonably warm I am not even going to complain about the nights drawing in. For now.
The only issue is that because we haven’t had any cold periods yet a lot of the trees are still very green looking; we need a sharp cold hit to trigger the process that causes leaves to turn colour. Still, I decided that this month I’d take you back along the common where we can get a good view of the town and any colouration of the trees and shrubs from above. Hopefully next month we will see more changes.
Date: October 14 2015
Weather: sunshine and cloud
Temperature: Fresh and sunny (11°C)
Time: 12:00 – 13:15 PM
I’m not going to talk too much this month, I’ll let the pictures tell the story and those of you who have been following this series should recognise a lot of the views.
There are some burnished golds and copper tints and I see that the meadows have been mown and the bracken is dying down.
Coming out on to the open sward of Whitcliffe and the panoramic views over the town from here you get a good idea that autumn has indeed arrived.
Leaving the woodland behind, somewhat disappointed that I didn’t find any fungi (but then it has been a dry month) I arrive at Dinham bridge and peer over the parapet to find my swans and their five cygnets have made the ‘beach’ their home. The brown water is quite low and running slowly today and the sun is starting to play its usual game of hiding behind clouds now.
Up Dinham, remember the stone cottage? Someone has been busy in the garden this summer. Bright red pyracanthus hangs over the wall up by St John’s Chapel and the trees around the castle look quite magnificent.
And finally a few autumnal flowers
The Cardinal has decided to have a photo project going throughout 2015 – a blogging event, a monthly photo challenge. Find a location near your home, take somewhere between 5-20 photos and post them in a gallery in your blog. Continue to do this every month. The idea is to capture all the changes: the seasons, the weather, different times of the day, some night photography perhaps?