Friday, 6 October 2017

Signs of Autumn

It's a beautiful autumnal day today. It started with a real chill in the air, but warmed up. I made my weekly visit to Colinton and Craiglockart Dell today (later in the week than usual due to teaching commitments!). The autumn colours are really beginning to show now

 though some of the trees are still very green
I love the hornbeams at this time of year, their chandelier style fruits are particularly beautiful as they start to change colour


Hornbeams are only native to the south of the UK and were planted along the Water of Leith as their very hard wood was ideal to be used in building mill wheels back in the days when this area was full of mills.

The puff balls look beautiful in the autumnal light


The ivy is starting to bloom and attracting pollinators such as this Eristalis sp hoverfly

The woods were full of the sound of robins singing their winter song.

Just as I was leaving the Dells I had a wonderful view of a kingfisher dashing upstream, a blur of turquoise and orange.....

7 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Hello, pretty nature scenes and views. I like the puffballs. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

Simon Douglas Thompson said...

Much nicer day today for you than here, very very grey.

Rabbits' Guy said...

Autumn is here! Leaves turning and birds flocking.

Sandy said...

So pretty! The trees are just starting to change here.

sage said...

I wish autumn would arrive here--I'm getting tired of temps in the 90s

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Juliet,

Such pretty Autumn nature touches and thanks for showing us.
Happy week
hugs
Carolyn

Lowcarb team member said...

I love the Autumn ... nice to see all of your photographs here.

All the best Jan