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….



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4th February

(C) David Oakes 2020

It came … and it went


It came …. and it went.  No not just the jet plane but the sunshine.

This Friday started dull and un-promising, then from literally ‘out of the blue’ came a clear sky and some fantastic sunshine.  We enjoyed about 10 minutes of autumnal sunshine, then just as quickly as it arrived, it disappeared over the horizon.

Its brief visit did light up the Oak trees in and around our woodland.  The Oak , as is there way hang onto the now dry leaves. Leaves that as soon as there is any sunshine suddenly glow golden brown.

Elsewhere the wind and rains, plus one very brief frost, have ensured that the majority of trees have now lost there leaves, now just swaying skeletons….


As to the weather….  the sun has tried to brighten up the day but the cloud, a forerunner to the rain that is to come, has been winning out.

Just think in one months time we will just have past the Winter Solstice… Time does pass so quickly.

22nd November

(C) David Oakes 2019

WOW… Three near perfect days


Another bright start to the day…. Autumn is fading fast, but with winter mornings like this we will not be complaining.  After several weeks of dark damp days it has been a real bonus to enjoy these rather chilly sunny days and witness the autumnal decline.

The leaves are nearly all down but what a colourful carpet they make….


21st November

(C) David Oakes 2019


A Change…. something on the bright side!


A glowing Sycamore

I think I have mentioned before that this autumn is again late in coming and again different in hue.  Sycamore (a much maligned tree in our part of the world), whilst not the first to shed its leaves is usually an early faller.  But not this year.  Those golden leaves of autumn are hanging on in there, radiating a glow across any dark woodland glade.

It is the gold of the Beech that is the usual staple of autumnal colour in our woods, not  this year, apart from the occasional star, they seem just content to drop everything.  Some brave younger Beech are still doing there best to put on a show…


Even the Oak is adding an extra bounce to its autumn colour with some big bold statements of intent…


 All this was yesterday, Friday a day that turned out to be a bonus day of sunshine after days of heavy rain, rain so heavy that some are enduring the trauma of floods.

I guess this is a pause before more winter weather arrives and with it frosts, frosts that will make a big impression on the woods.

So with that very much in mind it was best to take advantage of the day and enjoy some time in the startling autumnal sunshine….

Sycamore - Copy

9th November

(C) David Oakes 2019