Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge…… Autumn Scenes


Autumn Gold…

Cee’s Topic for this weeks Fun Foto Challenge is Autumn Scenes…. use the archives is the suggestion.  Well as we are now in a wet, dark rather miserable and wintery February, the archives it is.  A rather nice excuse to remember those golden days of autumn…. so here are a few more….



So why not join in the fun…The Link to Cee’s Blog is here :-




4th February

(C) David Oakes 2020

Goodbye November…… But it finishes with a flourish


A Golden Carpet in Shipley Woods, Derbyshire

November… a month of very very heavy rains and floods is nearly over. It did though have a rather pleasant farewell for us.  We woke to near clear blue skies and sunshine to warm the soul. Too good a morning not to enjoy the woods.  Last night we also had our first frost, not a heavy, but enough to bring down the last of the Beech leaves that had been hanging on defiantly ignoring the approach of winter.

The next magical phenomena of our woodlands was now unveiled….   majestic skeletons of twist thrusting branches, easy to visualise and imagine even more magical shapes from Tolkien’s writings.



It may well be the end of November with winter knocking at the door, but the benefit of all the months rains and the relatively mild weather, has meant that the countryside has managed to retain it is lush green look.  Now even more noticeable as the trees and hedgerows are bare and brown…still a green and pleasant land…


Warm as the sun appeared there were no takers for the bench..


Even though it would have been nice to pause and taking in the view..


November will soon disappear but thankfully the weather gods relented and gave us an autumn treat on which to end the month..

30th November

(C) David Oakes 2019

A near Perfect Autumnal Day


A double jolt to the system yesterday.  First we had the ‘joy’ of putting our clocks back 1 hour. Then we had the welcome surprise of a bright blue sky and some bright autumnal sunshine…. there had been times this last week when I did wonder if the rains were ever going to stop, but someone eventually managed to turn the tap off!

So it wasn’t a day to be wasted, the outdoors called.  Destination was to be Stanton Moor our favourite stretch of open moorland, ringed with birch and covered in heather and bracken…. the bracken right now a rich autumnal gold in colour.  Bright as the sun was it did little to take away the chill of the mornings breeze…. and all the fresher and invigorating for that.

 From now on, for the next few weeks, the days will be getting noticeably shorter as we head for the Winter Solstice.  So recognising this fact we stopped and paid our respects to the ‘Nine Ladies’ in their Stone Circle.  This morning all was calm and peaceful and the circle glowing bright in the low sun. Come the Solstice it will not be so quiet,  a good few folk always come to mark the passing of the solstice and to welcome the winter.




 A few more days like today will set me up nicely for whatever winter has to throw at us.

28th October

(C) David Oakes 2019

As suggested by Cee’s FOTD Challenge – Leaves


Blowing in the Wind

Another picture of autumn leaves for Cee’s FOTD challenge

More details here:- https://ceenphotography.com/2018/10/28/fotd-october-29-2018-autumn-leaves/

29th October

(C) David Oakes 2018