Ilkeston - Parks and Paths
w/e 01 November 2015
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Calm returned to the town after last week's annual Charter Fair and with it the weather took a downward turn. That coupled with other commitments meant that outings for photographic purposes were limited so this selection comes from several days prior to and during the Fair when some fine weather showed off the autumn season at its best. The photos were all taken in parks or on footpaths close to the town centre.

Victoria Park

Of course an obvious place to start is Victoria Park where there were nearly as many leaves on the ground as on the trees.
Autumn Colours

Also on Victoria Park, different trees were showing a variety of autumn colours.

A number of squirrels were scampering about among the trees foraging in the leaves like this one beneath the large Duke Oak in the middle of the park.
Quiet Corner

It's hard to believe in a quiet corner like this where more trees were putting on a colourful display that it is only a few minutes walk to the town centre.

Another few minutes walk on the other side of the town centre is Chaucer Old Park or 'Illy 'Oleys as I (along with many other Ilkestonians) prefer to call it. Here the leaves on one of the largest trees in the park are at different stages of the colour change and are producing a lovely mottled effect.
To Cantelupe Road

Another view on 'Illy 'Oleys towards Cantelupe Road shows once again how the different species make this one of the most colourful seasons of the year.
Leafy Path

I called this selection of images "Parks and Paths" and the path from 'Illy 'Oleys towards the underpass where Chalons Way crosses is lined with trees on both sides, all of which appear to be dropping leaves.
Gold & Green

The ground is covered with golden leaves but they contrast with the green ones still on the branches.
Looking To Eastwood

Near the underpass the path is crossed by another leading towards Chaucer Junior School which is obscured by a line of colourful trees that enhances the view towards Eastwood in the distance. Note also the mower cutting the grass and the wind turbine at Newthorpe on the left.
Erewash Museum

On the other side of the underpass, steps lead up in front of the Erewash Museum but this pictures was taken from under the trees by the side of the path that swings round for the use of wheeled conveyances like prams, pushchairs and wheelchairs. It's also easier for walkers of a certain age too!

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