Late Autumn Colours

Saturday, November 15th 2014

Grey skies do not make the best backgrounds for photography and certainly do not show off the Autumn colours to their best.   However even the very dark heavy clouds did not  spoil the Autumn colours yesterday morning.

The willow stems were red against the last of the yellow leaves. These young willow stems will be used for the Willow Weaving event.  It is as though they have been grown to order, just the right size!!

Red willow stems

Through the Scrapes, willow leaves, Silver Birch leaves, the dark branches of leafless trees and bright red Holly berries made an artist's palette.

Autumn colours

Reeds make musical sounds as the wind blows through them. It mixes the yellow, green and brown colours together.

Reed bed

Now that it is damp the lichens are standing proud of the branches they grow on.  Flash enhances their colours even more.

Lichen, taken with flash

Autumn is the season when animals hibernate, seeds are dormant, trees lose their leaves and few flowers blossom.  Ivy is one that does.  Its almost lemon flowers stand out agasint the dark green shiny leaves.  Damp, wet and feeling cold, did not deter insects of many sizes covering the flowers of  Ivy along Risedale Beck. 

Ivy flower with insects

This particular flower was host to a ladybird, 7 Spot possibly.

Ivy flower and ladybird


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