Archive for October, 2020

There is such a creature as a ghost jellyfish (Cyanea nozaki), but I rather like this cute interpretation by pikaole on DeviantArt

It will soon be Halloween. At this time of year in the past I have looked for images of Jack o’ lantern and Will o’ the wisp, owls, cauldrons, skulls, black cats and bats.

This time I am running out of ideas. I could have chosen spiders, but that might put some people off their breakfast. So instead I have picked some ghosts, especially where they are connected to nature. Click on each image to find the source. (more…)

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Autumn sunlight on Parrotia persica leaves, late September


Not a lot has altered in the appearance of my Persian ironwood (Parrotia persica) this month – again. When will I see the promised autumn colour?

But around it something has changed as we have had the long wooden fence up the slope rebuilt. It’s hard to see it from this side – our neighbour gets more benefit – but it was rotting and needed doing.

Thanks to Steffan Wilkins and his team, including carpenter Dylan (or possibly Dillon), who did a grand job on difficult terrain.

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Autumn maple leaves, probably Norway maple (Acer platanoides)


The tree-following link box has closed for another month.

Here in South Wales early autumn has been dreary – mostly wet and occasionally windy, a bit chilly but with the occasional sunny interval. There still doesn’t seem to be much change in the trees, which is probably why not so many people are posting bulletins at the moment.

Any tree-related post is acceptable in these lock-down times and everyone has found something interesting to say. You will find the updates below – enjoy exploring…

Alison at the Blackberry Garden – the quince count continues – and then there were…

Erika Groth in Sweden – possibly Salix fragilis

Hollis – In the Company of Plants and Rocks – Laramie, Wyoming – chokecherry (Prunus virginiana) in LaBonte Park

Crafty Green Poet – Juliet in Edinburgh, Scotland – horse chestnut

Pat – Squirrelbasket – Cardiff, Wales – Persian ironwood in October

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

Thanks so much to everyone who contributed in October. Why not join us next time? Just 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. Although we all try to publish our tree followings every month, we are very forgiving if you post less often.

See you in November…

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Something that starts with the initial of your name (first or last): P is for Pat and for Passionflower or in Latin Passiflora – this beautiful one was growing in a garden alongside the street on a recent walk…

Earlier in the year I signed up for the Summer Photography Scavenger Hunt hosted by Mary-Lou at Patio Postcards – details here. During this coronavirus lockdown it has been a challenge to find the items, but here is my final selection… (more…)

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