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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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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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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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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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Hornbeam leaves and fruit, September 8, 2014…

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Patience is a virtue I don’t have. But “my” hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) is in no hurry to embrace Autumn (which our transatlantic cousins call Fall). So my most recent visit to the tree in Llandaff Fields, Cardiff, was a little bit disappointing.

Thanks to Lucy Corrander’s Loose and Leafy blog, a whole bunch of us are “following a tree” and reporting back every month on what’s been happening. I left my September visit as late as I could, in the hope of seeing a seasonal change.

I always say I love Autumn, but (more…)

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