The intense heat appears to give an eerie golden glow in the evening.
These looked like emerald, fairy lamps!
The late afternoon sun is reflected in the water droplets.
The raindrops gave a sparkling, bokeh effect.
The term ‘ancient woodland’ in itself conjures up something magical and mystical. It describes an area of woodland that has been in existence since the 1600’s. It has developed naturally with unique ecosystems and the woodland has not been disturbed by mankind. Sadly, these special places only account for 2.4% of the UK.
All the leaves on the trees were out in full – brand new, perfect leaves in that fresh shade of almost luminous green. They always look at their peak in May, before the colour slightly fades and the leaves get their lived-in appearance and become tatty looking as the Summer goes on.
The light was perfect, weaving its way through small patches and lighting up the ground where the leaves had not yet formed a complete canopy. It provided that beautiful dappled appearance, great for photography.
It’s everywhere at the moment, lining shady stretches of country lanes and stretches of woodland. It has lots of alternative names including fairy lace. Some think it looks like drifts of snow. It is of course, a popular plant with pollinators.
Cow parsley is a member of the carrot family. It can be confused with hemlock and hogweed, one of which is poisonous and the other which has sap that can burn the skin.
A territorial swan with its wings arched, taken from a distance.
The first meteorological day of Winter is on December 1st. Some pictures to celebrate the end of the season.
Perfect light to capture those Autumnal colours.
Maple seeds soon to drop.
Cobweb in the sunlight.
Seed head blowing in the wind.
The Big Sky Meadow at RHS Hyde Hall is a 46 acre project to convert land to a perennial meadow. The plants are those common to the Eurasian steppes, North American prairies and African grasslands.
Blue Eryngium planum and yellow Galium verum. When dried, the yellow flowers smell of freshly mown hay. These were once used to stuff straw mattresses. A yellow dye was also made from these flowers.
Berkehya purpurea from South Africa is a drought tolerant plant, suited to areas with poor soils.
Red clover – in herbal medicine, was used to treat skin disorders.