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Cute bat from Andrew McIntosh (based in Australia) – I love the light through the translucent pink skin

With Halloween this week I thought I would put together one of my galleries of appropriate pictures that have caught my eye. This year the theme is bats and as usual I have chosen many of these images from the excellent DeviantArt website. Click on each picture to go to the source. (more…)

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Low autumn sun on the faces of this little fleabane (Pulicaria dysenterica) beside the Wharf

As you will have noticed, I can’t get enough of the plants, both wild and tamed, that grow around the Wharf (former East Bute Dock) in Cardiff Bay alongside my current workplace in County Hall.

Here are my latest discoveries, from a walk around the Wharf around 2pm on October 3, with the sun already low in the sky as the days grow shorter.

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A long view of the Wharf from the northern end

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Golden leaves on the little-leaf linden (Tilia cordata) beside the Wharf on October 3 – slightly speckled with brown damage and with a few leaves still green against the blue sky

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We are in the middle of Autumn here in Cardiff and the small-leaved linden (a cultivar of Tilia cordata) next to the Wharf in Cardiff Bay is shedding its golden leaves.

I took these pictures on October 3 during a clear and cold spell, but this weekend we have been hit by the wind and rain of Storm Callum so I doubt if many leaves now remain.

This month I again walked anticlockwise around the Wharf and took distant views of my linden and its neighbours before I reached them. (more…)

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Delicate golden poplar leaves on a crisp Autumn day last week

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The tree-following link box has now closed for another month. To explore everyone’s updates, please go straight to the bottom of this post.

If you are new to tree following, read all about the idea here.

Here in Cardiff it is well and truly autumn, with colder nights and some mist and drizzle, but also many hours of clear blue sunshine. Trees such as the chestnuts and sycamore maples are nearly bare, other maples are red or gold, lindens are yellow but ash trees are still mainly maintaining their greenery.

Our ranks of tree followers are growing, so why not join them next time? Point us to any tree-related post you would like to share, using the link box published on the 7th of each month and lasting for a week.

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Deep red sweetgum leaves

We always love to read your tree news – so thank you to everyone who contributed this month. Here are the links…

Alison at the Blackberry Garden – the penultimate quince count

Erika Groth in Sweden – bird cherry

Hollis (In the Company of Plants and Rocks) – news of the boxelder (Acer negundo) and other exciting changes

Lea’s Menagerie in Mississippi – red maple

Flighty’s Plot – Liz’s black walnut in Lexington, Kentucky, and Mike’s medlars

Pat – Squirrelbasket – small-leaved linden

Frances at Island Threads, off the North West coast of Scotland – hornbeam (Carpinus betulus)

Andrew – Botany in Birmingham – magnolia

Thank you to everyone for taking part – see you all again on November 7!

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