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 ordinary ash trees that have turned yellow, but the cultivar known as golden ash, Fraxinus excelsior ‘Aurea’. This traditional tree for parks has yellowy green leaves in spring and summer, but then beautiful golden leaves in autumn.
For a few minutes I was alone in a quiet and golden world that reminded me of some Elven place in Lord of the Rings.
I suspect the experience would not have been so glorious if the sun hadn’t been shining!
What these images don’t show is that when the breeze blew I was surrounded by a shower of golden leaves (or rather individual “leaflets”) like natural confetti.
There is another golden ash, Fraxinus excelsior ‘Jaspidea’, but that is a modern fast-growing variety and I think these are the slow, old trees. And for a moment among them I slowed down, and possibly felt less old.
Also see my blog post about green ash trees – Ash: the world-binding tree…