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Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) on December 7, 2014

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In under a fortnight it will be the shortest day of the year here in the northern hemisphere. Never before have I followed the changing seasons so closely – and it’s all thanks to Lucy Corrander and her Loose & Leafy tree following project.

This post features pictures from two visits to the hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) in Llandaff Fields, Cardiff, on the morning of our first frost on November 24 and on December 7. (more…)

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A beekeeping fairy? Metal figure outside a shop in Bishop’s Castle

With all the nature activity of autumn, only now am I getting around to processing my summer holiday pictures, so you can expect a few posts about our August trip to Shropshire, an ancient county on the English side of the Welsh border. First up is the very small market town of Bishop’s Castle. (more…)

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Frosted daisy (Bellis perennis), November 24, 2014

At last we have had our first white frost of the autumn here in Cardiff – on Monday, November 24. I was up and out to Llandaff Fields early to try to catch some images before the sun warmed it away. (more…)

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Bracket fungus on a birch tree, Bute Park, November 2014

I struggled for a theme for this collection of autumn images taken on my recent visits to Bute Park and Llandaff Fields in Cardiff, but most of them are vaguely fruity – berries, fungi, lichen etc.

First up is some bracket fungus on a skinny birch-tree trunk. If it is birch, then I guess it must be Piptoporus betulinus, the birch polypore. There were a few of them on the same tree. (more…)

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Leaves of London plane in Bute Park, Cardiff, November 5, 2014

This post was going to be about maples, but my head is tied up in knots trying to identify the many species of which I have taken pictures, so that will have to wait for another day. Instead, this will be about what we in Britain call the plane and the sycamore. (more…)

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Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) in Llandaff Fields, Cardiff, in November

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I visited the hornbeam I am following twice this month, as I thought there would be a lot of autumnal activity and I didn’t want to miss anything. The first time was on October 20, a grey day just before the tail end of Hurricane Gonzalo hit Britain, and the second time was on November 5 – a rare sunny day in a very wet week.

Just a reminder that this tree-following lark is a great project organised by Loose & Leafy, so thanks again to Lucy Corrander for that. (more…)

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The Railway pub in Christchurch

My husband isn’t usually very adventurous on holiday, but the last time we were staying in Poole, Dorset, he asked what was beyond Bournemouth on the railway. What if we stayed on the train?

I checked, and the next big place is Christchurch, so I Googled it and found that the very next day there was a free lunchtime concert by a chamber choir at Christchurch Priory. I like to have a reason for going somewhere, it gives the trip focus. (more…)

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