September 22, 2008

Autumn in the Arboretum, Merlin revisited

We chose a great way to celebrate the Autumn equinox, a walk in a local arboretum. time to get close to nature's wonderful colours and textures. The colours will brighten over the next few weeks as the maples start to change but this is the beginning. The change in the land has come suddenly. Summer has flown. Even though there have been some warm days the temperature drops as dusk arrives. Each morning now the car is covered in a heavy dew. As we walked in the arboretum the grass was soaking and it was near noon.

This is just a small selection of the colours and textures we saw.
This reminds me of a giant hairy caterpillar.


These are almost spring like
Look at the contrast of the bright flowers against the dusky foliage.

One of the heritage apple trees. Sadly all the apples are left to drop and not used, despite the cafe there using imported fruit. I've written to the college to ask why the fruit isn't used or given away.
Evening primrose from bud to bloom.
Sunflower heads always please me either in bloom or going to seed. You can just imagine the birds lining up to eat them.
You can see what I mean about the rotting fruit.
Don't these look like fans?
A path into another world?

So many conifers and fir trees to be seen.
All those eyes watching us.
This I loved for the contrast between the new shiny leaves and the older faded glory
Chestnut leaves on the turn

This trunk had ridges all along it.

Birches gleaming silver in the shade.
keys to somewhere magical.
Even the young trees have their share of the limelight.




Golden Oak leaves.
Look at the moss and lichens on this trunk.
Crab apples waiting to be made into jelly.
The bark on this beauty peels naturally.
Merlin on the BBC. For those outside the UK can you access the BBC.co.uk website? If you can there is BBC Iplayer which allows you to watch all the previous weeks programmes.

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7 comments:

ruby70 said...

very nice pics. :)

ruby70 said...

very nice pics. :)

yvonnep said...

Well, it's a pity but this is what I get everywhere:
Currently BBC iPlayer TV programmes are available to play in the UK only - also with all kind of other sites to see British television programms.
But: you made beautiful beautiful photos of all those beautiful spots in nature.

yvonnep said...

Well, it's a pity but this is what I get everywhere:
Currently BBC iPlayer TV programmes are available to play in the UK only - also with all kind of other sites to see British television programms.
But: you made beautiful beautiful photos of all those beautiful spots in nature.

Jean said...

I love strolling thru botanical gardens, its educational as well as pleasurable. I like all of the tree photos, you captured such different aspects of the trees. I look forward to your next blog.

Aknita said...

I was, of course, supposed to come and tell you about the award, not just let you arrive on my blog and find it! Sorry! I'm a bit of an unreliable blogger at the moment.

http://aknitasknits.blogspot.com/

Blue Witch said...

Wonderful pics.

Well done for writing to ask about apple wastage. It's something that annoys me too. Millions of tonnes of fruit must be wasted in this way in this country every autumn.