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Scarlet oak (Quercus coccinea) in Cardiff bus station, October 2010…

Sorry to disappoint you if you thought this was going to be about the famous Sean Connery film in which he portrays a Russian submarine commander with a splendid Scottish accent…

No, this is just a post about the lack of red leaves in nature this autumn, compared to previous years. For example, look at those leaves at the top of this post. Here is the same tree this year…

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Scarlet oak in October 2014


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Owl mural near Wood Street, Cardiff, October 23, 2014

I just had to share this wonderful owl mural that appeared overnight on a wall next to our office in the centre of Cardiff. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t there on Wednesday, but yesterday you couldn’t miss it.

There have been many artful surprises in recent weeks as part of the Empty Walls project, which finishes this weekend. Assorted paintings have appeared on many grotty buildings, empty hoardings and fences around derelict sites. I don’t know if they will all magically disappear or be whitewashed at the end of the festival, but I hope not.

The owl is signed PeacefulProgress.co.uk, so here’s a link to that artist’s website.

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The owl in context, with Cardiff’s central bus station to the right

I don’t know enough about it to write much more, but here are a couple of illustrated stories other people have written on the festival…

WalesOnline: Empty Walls Project brightening up Cardiff city centre

Creative Hacks: Street art spotting at Empty Walls, Cardiff

Empty Walls Festival blogspot

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Autumn gold in Llandaff Fields, Cardiff, on October 20 – these are small linden trees (or as we call them in Britain, limes)

At last it feels like autumn. There is a nip in the air in the morning and the trees are finally surrendering their leaves – although every tree seems to do this at a different rate.

I visited Llandaff Fields in Cardiff (more…)

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At last the hornbeam fruits are changing colour…

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Amazing to think this is my tenth blog post about the hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) I am following in Llandaff Fields, Cardiff. Thanks again to Lucy Corrander for setting up her Loose and Leafy tree-following project.

I visited on October 2, at the end of a long, dry, mild month. But I knew cold, wet and windy weather was coming, so I had (more…)

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Golden ash in Llandaff Fields, Cardiff, on October 2, 2014

I found autumn the other day, in a usually unvisited quarter – the very far corner of Llandaff Fields in Cardiff, right beside the main road.

Here stand a row of golden ash trees. Not just (more…)

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Jacko the injured jackdaw, sitting beside the herb garden…

WARNING: You may not want to read this…

It’s SO sad, but we knew he would soon die. I was so tearful at the time that only now can I write this little tribute to the resourceful old jackdaw who came to our garden in July. (more…)

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The silver tree in Baiter, Poole – an iPhone picture I snapped in 2012…

We have holidayed in Poole in Dorset so many times now, and often walked along the edge of the harbour in the Baiter leisure area, but until this summer we had always turned back when we reached what I call “the silver tree” at the end of the car park.

But this time I looked at the map and worked out we could carry on and end up doing a round trip back to the quay via Poole Park and the town centre. This is (more…)

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