Monday, 11 November 2013

Autumnal colours by the Water of Leith

We're continuing to enjoy stunning autumnal colours in Edinburgh. Many of the leaves are still on the trees:


These lovely fungi (possibly a species of bell-cap) were growing on a tree by the side of the Water of Leith.

My favourite tawny owl was again in its roost hole, this time, a chaffinch (seen here on the left hand side of the photo, you may need to click on it to enlarge it) was hopping around, calling loudly, as though it were taunting the owl. The owl was paying no attention at all.

Many of the leaves that have fallen from the trees have landed in the river, giving this lovely effect:

The orange ladybirds (Halyzia 16-guttata) which by this time last year were already hibernating are now just starting to gather on the old rusty fence.

(My hand is in the photo because otherwise my camera was refusing to focus on the ladybird!).

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13 comments:

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Oh I love that second pic!! Lovely.

Ms Sparrow said...

The owl in her tree is such a great picture.

TexWisGirl said...

really beautiful!

Bill said...

Great photos. Autumn has been spectacular in New York and New England this year.

Tommaso Gervasutti said...

I love Ladybirds,I associate them with summer though, maybe the one in your photo is of a different kind from those I know: the orange ones with tiny black dots.

eileeninmd said...

Lovely Autumn colors and cool sighting of the owl. Great photos, have a happy week!

Rabbits' Guy said...

Pretty. Ours about all blown down now.

Christina said...

Wonderful photos. I love the fall pics. We had a mass of lady bugs around here the last couple of days. Their last big visit before a nasty cold front arrived tonight.

Martin Hodges said...

I look at photographs like this and think, time for an oatcake and a cup of cocoa! Love the ladybird. I've not seen one that colour before.

Karen said...

Lovely autumn captures!

MyMaracas said...

Beautiful set. I especially love the owl looking rather annoyed at the chaffinch, and the beautiful little mushrooms.

Rambling Woods said...

You do have some lovely color yet.... I appreciate how you always provide additional resources with your posts... Michelle

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful fall colors there! And interesting mushrooms!