Ilkeston - Transition
w/e 04 October 2015
All of this week's pictures were
taken with a Kodak DX6490
For two weeks in the middle of September I was out
walking under the guidance of the Autumn Footprints Festival
and noticed the slow transition from late summer to early autumn
whilst in other parts of the district. From Shardlow to Matlock,
Attemborough to Duffield the changes became more apparent as
time went on and now as we enter October, the colours are becoming
even more prominent. This last week my walking has been confined
to Ilkeston but even in town, the changes are showing although
many trees still have a way to go.
One of our walks during the week took us from the Market Place
through Victoria Park to the Manners Link and back to the town
centre via the Rutland Sports Park and White Lion Square - just
a stroll compared to some of the Autumn Footprints walks but
enough see a variety of colours and take a few photos. This first
one in a corner of the Market Place shows one of the trees outside
the Sir John Warren already turning red.
There was a variety of colours in Victoria Park and many more
are sure to follow.
A less manicured look on the Manners Link than in the park but
the sunlight picked out where some of the trees were just starting
I have to admit that I'm not very good at tree identification
but I think this leaf also seen on the Manners Link is from a
On the Rec (Rutland Sports Park) looking towards the tennis courts
some of the trees are still in full leaf but the transition process
has obviously started ....
.... while the loss of leaf is far more advanced on other trees
when turning to look towards the bowling green.
Also on the Rec near the bowling green, there is an abundance
of rose hips.
And at the exit onto Oakwell Drive a Rowan is full of red berries.
At White Lion Square, the summer flowers in the troughs on the
railings are providing a lovely contrast to the leaves on the
tree outside Toll Bar House.
There is still a lot of life left in similar troughs overlooking
the White Lion Square island at the end of Chalons Way but the
beds on the island have been stripped of their summer flowering
plants and are in the process of being replanted with winter
flowering pansies. Winter? Yes winter and before we know it,
we'll soon be looking forward to Christmas and waiting for spring
so the the cycle can begin all over again. But before all that
let's just enjoy the colours of autumn.