Posted on October 19, 2022
As the sun rose yesterday after a cold night, the warmth burned off the dew – creating gently floating clouds of vapour and a misty mid-October morning.
Posted on November 28, 2021
A beautiful start to today.. The view from my window in Charlton Down at sunrise.
Posted on November 26, 2021
Mostly Field Maple leaves on the ground in the nature reserve at Charlton Down, Dorset, 23 November 2021.
Posted on November 25, 2021
Carpets of mostly beech leaves rustle underfoot where the low sun highlights their copper colour and reflects on coverings of dew drops, near Greenwood House in Charlton Down, Dorset, 24 November 2021.
Posted on November 22, 2021
There are still a few leaves on the oak trees in the village, looking bright on this cold and sunny morning. The curious patterns are caused by the insect galls that affected the leaves.
Posted on October 20, 2021
Various stages of development and ripening of the berries borne by the Spindle bush (Euonymous europaeus) seen in hedgerows around the village, notably in the CD Nature Reserve – although they are not so abundant as last year and do not seem to be surviving on the branches for so long. Last year many remained intact and still containing their bright orange seeds into the January frosts.
Posted on October 18, 2021
Why, at my great age, do I still feel compelled to pick up conkers? When I was younger, I used to maintain that I filled my briefcase with them on the way to work for my young son to play with. But, to be honest, in retrospect, it was for my own benefit. They are such lovely things to look at – the colours, patterns, shapes – and are wonderful to touch – smooth, satiny, and cool. I have in the past filled my pockets with them – turning them around like rosary beads as I walk. I have stacked them in baskets and in bowls around the house to admire until the shine disappears and the shape wrinkles and crinkles. I met a man scrabbling around on the ground beneath the horse chestnut trees in Sherren Avenue the other day. He was a bit embarrassed to be found picking up conkers. He said he didn’t really know why he did it. But I know – because I will always find them one of the most attractive of fruits of autumn
Posted on October 14, 2021
Various stages of development and ripening of the berries borne by the Wayfarer or Wayfaring tree (Viburnum lantana) seen in hedgerows around the village, notably in Olympic Park and the CD Nature Reserve – although they are rapidly stripped by the birds.
Posted on October 9, 2021
This attractive Magpie Moth (Abraxus grossulariata) was photographed the other day by Marilyn, one of my fellow Greenwood House residents. It was resting quietly on the path, making it easier to get up close and take the picture. It is lovely to see what other people spot as they are out walking and enjoying the nature we have around us here in Charlton Down.