Ilkeston - Autumn Fruits
w/e 06 October 2013
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Whilst out in the previous two weeks with the Autumn Footprints Walking Festival I had noticed several different fruits, nuts and seeds in the hedgerows or on the trees including both sweet and horse chestnuts, sloes and damsons. My preference for photography is for landscapes both urban and rural, scenic views and historic buildings but for a change this week I decided to engage macro mode, do a few close-ups to see what other "Autumn Fruits" I could find starting at home in the garden.


We've had thornless blackberry plants in the garden for many years but recently the yield from the aging plants has started to drop. A new species planted a couple of years ago however is producing a good crop which we are are picking daily and it bodes well for the future.
Hanging over the fence at the bottom of the garden are the branches of an apple tree and this is just one of the fruit ripe for the picking. Our neighbour invited us to help ourselves and we do like blackberry and apple pie!

Almost ready for picking too are these quince fruits which are growing in another neighbour's garden adjacent to another fence.
Rowan Berries

And in the same garden a rowan tree heavily laden with berries is overhanging and providing shade to our greenhouse. The tomatoes alas in greenhouse are now finished.

Although there will be no more home grown tomatoes this year we are still picking raspberries and we even got one last boiling of runner beans this weekend so for the rest of the images on this page we had to go a little further afield. Not too far though, as these elderberries were to be seen from a footbridge over Chalons Way.

We actually made our way to Victoria Park is search of the horse chestnut trees there. Unfortunately all the fruit had already been stripped from the lower branches presumably by fun loving conker players and the only ones left were high up and well out of reach of the camera. The acorns however on the Duke Oak could be found in abundance.
Sycamore Helicopters

On another park, Chaucer Old Park ('Illy 'Oleys), a sycamore tree was almost ready to launch its helicopters complete with ladybird passenger.
Rose Hips

Beech NutsAsh KeysAlso on 'Illy 'Oleys we found a beech tree complete with its beech nut fruits (left) and as we walked down to the Erewash Canal, we found an ash tree close to the water heavily weighed down with clusters of ash keys (right). In the hedgerow at the side of the canal wild roses had produced flowers throughout the summer but they have now fruited to form rose hips which are sometimes called rose haws or heps.
Hawthorn Berries

Hawthorn hedges alongside the canal have also produced a profusion of red berries and as well as providing a source of nutrition for birds, they are well regarded in homeopathic medicine as a treatment for heart disorders.
Cherry Laurel

The fruit of the cherry laurel also provides sustenance for our feathered friends but although they look like cherries, it is not advisable to eat them as they are poisonous to humans. Having said that I wouldn't eat anything from the hedgerows unless I was absolutely certain about its safety. I'll just stick to taking the pictures - and blackberry and apple pies of course!

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