Not Yet……. but plenty of Sunshine


Autumn…but not yet the bright colours that we associate with the “Season of Mellow Fruitfulness”.

The morning was full of long shadows from a sun that was now on a much lower orbit.  The bracken has died and dried to its brittle brown and gold foliage.  It is for many just an invasive fern,  for me woodland and moor would be much poorer locations without it.   This time in October it is still a season of contrasting colours and life.  Bright spring like greens, mix with multi coloured leaves and berries.  The Oak is laden with acorns, but still has a handsome head of dark leaves,  around the Lake the reeds and water vegetation  glows to match the colour of the woodland bracken…

Seasons move on, trees change,  my favourite Silver Birch may be on the turn, but still looks good,  its leaf cluster blowing in the wind, shimmering like an image on moving water…


Not a half-bad day to be out and about for mid- October.  

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

14th October

(C) David Oakes 2020

A Rather Wet Finish…….


A Bright Start, but only short lived…

Blue sky and sunshine, so todays destination for a leg stretch was Stanton Moor.  Indeed, a bright start as we headed up through the wooded slopes.  Sadly, it wasn’t to last.  As we broke out onto the Moor the skies closed in and we said goodbye to the sun.  


For a short while it was just overcast, a muted glow under the Oak woodland.  


Not long after, the rains swept in. Rain that looked as if it was settled for the rest of the day. 


You have to feel a little sorry for the Sheep that graze these moors….. out all weathers with only a woolly coat for protection.


3 weeks ago, we were here at the Cork Stone.  Shorts and Tea shirts was the order of dress.  Not today, the waterproofs essential…..   Buster was far from impressed.


It may well have turned out more than a little wet, but it was still an invigorating walk, refreshing. Upon reflection…..  if it hadn’t been sunny first thing. we more than likely wouldn’t have headed up to the Moor….. and despite getting rather wet we would have missed a great moorland walk.


Still it was a nice feeling once we were heading 

A Brisk Bright Walk……


Allestree Lake, Derbyshire

A busy day ahead, so this morning Buster and I had to make do with a brisk walkies round the Lake.  I say “make do” but it was grand out in the early morning September sun.   Although it was early, it was not early enough to catch the low mist over the lake…..  just a little lingered but was fading fast.

So here we go a brisk September trot round the Lake…..

A quick dash but invigorating, so with batteries recharged, ready for whatever the day was going to throw at us, it was back home.  Home, with a reminder on the doorstep, that autumn really was on the way…. there may be lots of leaves still on the trees, but already a great many on our doorstep


Autumn is on the way

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

28th September

(C) David Oakes 2020

A Bright Start…but not long before a change


A bright sunny start but the clouds tell us a change is on the way.

Even so looking up through the branches of this Ash Tree you would think that it was Spring, green, and bright with a blue sky above.

DOI_5166_00002qqq Most trees start to drop leaves gradually as the days get shorter and the nights colder…the Ash is different and will suddenly decide that enough is enough and drop the lot in one go.

Autumn is on the way; the smell of the air and temperature drop is delivering hints that the big change will be with us soon.  Meantime we can enjoy some late summer scenes.  The Oak is still in full leaf and the woods still have that summer glow.

The autumnal give away are the ferns and bracken, golden brown in the early sunshine…




It may well be colder, the sun lower in the sky and each day noticeably shorter than the last…but for late September it isn’t bad

In these strange times in which we all live  this has to be a big bonus…

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

26th September

(C) David Oakes 2020

A Picture Postcard Village


The Worcestershire village, built of glowing Cotswold Stone goes by the name of Broadway.  When I posted a blog about Broadway Tower a few weeks ago ( It brought back a few memories of my first visit to Broadway village. It was back in the about 1963/4.  I had just been engaged to dash around the UK., to capture in colour the key Picture Postcard Holiday locations….  very necessary for the company I worked for, to replace their library of Black & White images.

Broadway village was one of the locations on the top of the list. When I took those shots on a big Technical Camera with a  very slow film speed of 8asa (iso)  the two things you wanted was sunshine and no traffic!  I was lucky and got some great shots.

I have visited Broadway on many occasions since but each time the village has been busier than ever.

But after visiting the Tower a few years ago, we dropped down from the heights to the village.  It was so quiet, totally unexpected…… so I couldn’t resist stopping to take some quick shots.

It has and hasn’t changed much over all those years.  It still retains the character of a Cotswold village , even when busy.  But it has become a very desirable residential village, several of the bow fronted shops are now homes.  As for shops.  Well there are of course the Tourist Shops which have flourished, but also the now compulsory Antiques Shops.

They do have  one quirky shop (it might not be there now) which I have always found rather strange and out of place …   an All Year Christmas Shop


Just as a further observation.  Back in the 60’s and through most of the 70’s, Tourist were called Holiday Makers.  As for the Postcards, well they had always been very big business and the drive to convert to colour gave them a big boost.  I guess personal photography,  a Postal Service that became expensive and then of course overseas holidays, rather knocked the bottom out of that market.

Times change but Picture Postcard is still a great description

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

5th September

(C) David Oakes 2020