September 25th, 2011

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Autumn

curiouswombat beat me to the picture of berries (and there are SO many around this year!) so I thought what else is in abundance? And the answer came back to me - spiderswebs and spiders :(

Hate them. But I did get a good picture of a web (not this year - I think this one was taken last October.

Autumn
good in bed

Is bad member....

I've been shamelessly MIA for months, but this one I can do! Not current pics, because it's too early in the season for them to have turned yet, but these pics are from my little forest of Japanese maples that have grown up beneath a pine tree. The progenitor of these trees has died, but it lives on in its many, many offspring. They are always pretty, but in the autumn they are breathtaking.

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I seem to take photos of them every year at some point, so not sure if these are last year's or from even earlier. The trees continue to grow larger, and more sprout from time to time, so I'm thinking maybe even earlier for at least one of them. The close-up of leaves I think was last fall when the light was just right.
woods

Autumn

A sad tale, this one. One of the UK's common ornamental deciduous trees, the horse chestnut, is suffering from a contagious blight that's turning all the leaves way before their time. It also weakens the trees, and when we lose them, it'll be a melancholy picture all over the country. I noticed in France that they have it too, so I'm guessing these trees will become rare if not vanish entirely. Very sad to contemplate.

It doesn mean, though, that there are already drifts of crispy leaves to photograph (some beech leaves too, in this one, but the fragile skeletal ones are horse chestnuts):



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