2016 tree following 10: Gold among the green
November 10, 2016 by squirrelbasket
Autumn leaves on the oak tree (Quercus robur) in Cardiff’s Thompson’s Park
I had hoped by now that the oak tree (Quercus robur) I am following in Cardiff’s Thompson’s Park would be gold all over, but it seems to be one of the last trees to change colour, along with one or two stubborn ash trees (Fraxinus excelsior) I have seen around.
It has been a wonderful autumn for trees in the city this year, as we have had mostly cold and dry weather throughout October. See my other autumn blog posts here.
Most of the following pictures were taken on November 10.
At first sight the oak still looks green
Some leaves are dry and brown
Some have fallen
The ram’s horn galls made by the Andricus aries wasp are still there, but now dry and withered
A different view of the galls
The trunk is still wonderfully textured
Bark and autumn leaves
If you look carefully you may see the grey dots that are feral pigeons under the tree and on top…
…this is why it will always be the pigeon tree to me
The oak now looks a bit bare from this direction and is surrounded by other trees that have their autumn colours
A pretty contrast
From a distance I saw this grey squirrel under the oak…
…and leaping up into the tree
All my other oak tree blog posts are here.