Autumn appears to have come early this year and although the maple trees aren’t at their best yet, some are already displaying an amazing range of colours. There are still more leaves on the trees than the ground, but some have started to fall.
Some flowers are still blooming and I saw several clumps of winter crocus on my walk this morning as well as two geese roosting on the rail of a bridge.
After a stormy night this morning dawned bright and breezey and I walked to nearby Thorpe Green. It always brings to mind Enid Blyton summer holiday reading from childhood and rightly or not is how I imagined the south of England.
The Rose and Crown is a popular pub, especially on weekends during the summer when it’s difficult to book a table and the garden is overflowing.
Cricket isn’t played on the green, which is a pity because it looks a perfect setting although the land is quite wet.
Behind the bank of trees marking the boundary of the green is this hidden gem. Although it all looks tranquil the peace is disturbed by the passage of planes overhead and the sound of the M25 that runs alongside the resevoir.
I was lucky to hit a sunny period between heavy showers and storms when I went for a walk last week. As I entered the heather garden I noticed two robins washing themselves in puddles and was fortunate enough to get a picture of one of them.
The light was strange and most of my shots were over-exposed but the blend of nature’s colours was breath-taking. After so much rain this month, the grass is lush and very green, which contrasts brilliantly with the purple heather and the red berries that are appearing on various trees.
It was a beautiful morning for a walk with a clear blue sky and fresh breeze.The light was good for taking photgraphs.
I read this week that the temperatures this August have been below average. This is the only month this year to be cooler than average. It has also been wet, as have eight of the past thirteen Augusts. As I have noted before this has resulted in very early signs of autumn.
Some of the photo’s I took this week reflect this but in others the bright green grass makes it look more like spring.
Walking along this valley a movement caught my eye and I stopped when this small deer came in sight. My stillness was rewarded when another one followed and I was able to take photo’s as they crossed to the trees on the other side, grazing as they went. As I was about to move on a bigger deer appeared. This one seemed more wary and after checking all around, it quickly galloped across the grass to join the others before disappearing into the trees.
Walking this morning I was struck by how autumnal it looked. Weather forecasters tell us that meteorologically speaking, autumn begins in August, and although it is still July, there were definite signs of autumn everywhere I looked.
The fact that the day was overcast heightened this feeling as well as the strong breeze but also the beginnings of warmer colours amongst the leaves on the trees as well as an abundance of golden, dead leaves beneath them. I even caught sight of ripe berries in the hedges.
Here are some of the images I captured.
I visited North Yorkshire last weekend and was invited for breakfast at a ‘hidden gem’ near Crayke. The breakfast was delicious and included pancakes cooked in the way I remember from childhood.
The owner used to look after the Museum Gardens in York, and has created a beautiful natural garden around the cafe.
Here are some of the things I saw that day.
The heat and dry weather over the past few weeks has dried the land considerably but there was still plenty to see inside the gardens. I expected to see some birds but this pheasant was an unexpected bonus
The main building was designed to blend into the land and this is aided by a bank of beautiful wild flowers at the front. Inside, interior partitions have been removed and the underside of the roof can be seen rippling away in each direction from the entrance.
It was a hot day and the stream had almost dried up but there were things to be found flourishing outside in these conditions.
Inside the glass house I discovered more exotic plants although the temperature was barely higher than outside.
My final destination was the rose garden which has an elevated viewing platform. I believe that wall built along the boundary at this point was made from bricks recovered from London after the blitz in WWII.
Using the same car park near The Wheatsheaf Hotel, I set off for a shorter walk near Virginia Water Lake. The photographs I took, compared to the ones in my last post, show how diverse the landscape round the lake is.
My walk took me through a beautiful wood comprising of mainly of Scots Pine trees with lush green bracken beneath them. This part of the park is quieter and a favourite place for dog walkers.
Heading north I made my way across a grassed area to a shaded path through mixed deciduous trees, enjoying the birdsong that could be head there.
I crossed a pretty bridge over a stream as I left the woods and walked towards the Totem Pole before making my way back towards the lake.