Shades of Autumn
w/e 16 October 2011
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

I heard it said recently that because of the weather conditions in the spring and summer of this year, that the colours to be seen this autumn would be vivid and brighter than usual. I have yet to see any evidence of this but as these images show we are well and truly into the autumn season and there are many shades and colours even if they are not as intense as anticipated or expected.

Wildflower Meadow

Early in the week on a blustery afternoon with a hint of rain in the air, we walked in Shipley Country Park where there were splashes of blue and yellow among the dying grasses of the wildflower meadow.
Changing Leaves

Leaves on the trees nearby were beginning to change but there was still plenty of green about.
Silver Birch Curtain

In the more sheltered areas of the Cinderhill Coppice where we sought refuge from the strong wind, the leaves were also changing and those on the silver birch trees hung down like a series of curtains.
Over The Rooftop

The next day but still under grey skies an unexpected occurrence led us to Long Lane at Shipley where from the railway footbridge, I caught this view of the golden leaves and evergreen tree by Station House and over the rooftop to the cattle in the distant field and Cotmanhay Wood beyond.
Walking The Dog

Another day on and there was still a distinct autumnal feeling to the weather and whilst out walking the dog, I noticed all the fallen leaves along this footpath. A feature of the season this year on many of the trees appears to be that the leaves are just withering up and dying without any noticeable colour change before falling to form a deep carpet below.
'Illy 'Oleys

On 'Illy 'Oleys on the same day, as if to prove me a liar, some of the trees were showing some pleasing colours but still not with the intensity that I was given to believe.
Fallen Leaves

A closer look at some of the fallen leaves seemed to give credence to both theories with brightly coloured ones lying side by side with shrivelled up leaves that were still showing patches of green.
Down By The Lake

Towards the end of the week the sun came out and everywhere looked so much brighter. The leaves on the trees down by the lake in Wollaton Park, near Nottingham responded by taking on some brighter shades.
Drive To The Hall

The drive up to Wollaton Hall from the lake was flanked by trees that were also looking more autumnal than many more still to take on their seasonal colours.

And finally just to dispel any lingering doubts about the season, the acorns on one of the many oak trees in the park provided further evidence of the time of year - but notice the leaves are still green! So from the dull day in Shipley Park and the wildflower meadow to the bright sunlit afternoon at Wollaton we've seen the many shades of autumn in just a single week.

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