#TreeSquare (9) …. Rather Wet


A very, very wet day in the Pine forest

Another post for the :- –The shadow of a tree – The life of B (beckybofwinchester.com) #TreeSquare

Where ever you are and what ever your weather…

Please Remember ….

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

27th July

(C) David Oakes 2021

This is what a November Day should be like….. Frost, Mist and Golden Sunshine


A Golden Glow in Shipley Woods……  but a lingering mist across the fields..


The early Frost cleared and that late autumnal sunshine was just the encouragement that some folk needed to pause and enjoy…

The Beech Trees gave us colour, the Chestnuts gave us strange skeletons reaching for the sky.  Long shadows from the low sun adds to the woodland mystery… so join us on a leisurely walk through the woods….on a day like today there is no need to for haste….

There was a bonus to the morning.  The Lodge Tea Rooms were open.  In these Lockdown days, it was of course ‘take away” only…. so two coffee’s to go please.

_DSC9403_00035qqq  So a pause to enjoy the view over this placid area of Derbyshire countryside.  Shipley Woods is part of the much larger Shipley Country Park.  The woods have been there for years, part of a one time private estate.  The Country Park was created over the last 50 year.  The land you see in these two views would once have been over Pit Heads for Coal Mines and the industries that coal supported.  In more recent times after the collieries closed, Open Cast Mining took over.  Now, along with the Park that is built upon reclaimed ground,  the Open Cast areas are returning to nature, it presents a very different view….if you didn’t know better you would have thought it was always like this…


    The Mist lingered long into the day, a perfect backdrop to the Oak that has yet to agree that autumn is on the way…


But we will let the autumn colours complete our walk…


By the time we returned home, the weather front that we could see creeping over the horizon, now started to look like a real winter evenings sky.  Hope you enjoyed the walk….it could be the last of the real autumn walks…. so not a bad one to complete the season…


As always in these troubled times…

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

6th November

(C) David Oakes 2020

Silent Sunday….. Autumn Glow


Autumnal Glow at Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire.

Taken a few years ago at a location we loved to visit in Autumn…..   but sadly that is not to be this year.

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

25th October

(C) David Oakes 2020


Misty Mornings….and a touch of Autumnal Sunshine


It is that wonderful time of year when, some mornings, you are blessed with Mist and Low Sunshine…add autumnal colour and its a feast for the inner soul.

In these troubled times it is an even more welcome tonic…

Please Remember ….

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

17th October

(C) David Oakes 2020

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