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A grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) among fallen chestnut leaves in Victoria Park, Cardiff

Autumn is well under way in Cardiff’s Victoria Park and the trees have come into their own. Meanwhile the parks staff have cleared out all of the flower beds to prepare them for next spring. What a difference from the colourful displays of September (see my previous post here). These are my October images… (more…)

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A few golden leaves on the Lombardy poplar (Populus nigra ‘Italica’) in Victoria Park, Cardiff

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It’s definitely autumn in South Wales now, with changeable weather and lower temperatures. Some trees, such as lime/linden and chestnut are well into their fall finery, but the Lombardy poplar (Populus nigra ‘Italica’) I am following in Victoria Park, Cardiff, is still mainly green.

Perhaps this is because the small yellow leaves do not hang around very long on the tree but leave a slightly thinned-out effect, letting more daylight through the branches. (more…)

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Berries of mountain ash or rowan (Sorbus aucuparia) in late September

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It’s that time again for the monthly tree-following link box, which will stay open for your tree-related links until 7pm GMT on October 14.

Here in Cardiff autumn has begun with very heavy rains and cold temperatures, leavened by the occasional sunny spell. It really feels what my Yorkshire mother-in-law would call “back-endish”.

During the next week I hope to visit the Lombardy poplar tree I am monitoring in Victoria Park, not too far from home, but I wonder what the rest of you tree followers are up to?

I’m sure you will have something new to report. Any tree-related post is acceptable from contributors old and new.

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Something That Makes You Laugh or Happy: This tiny teddy bear among the ivy on top of a wall beside the street amused me for weeks, although it has disappeared now – I hope it has found its owner or gone to a good home

At last I think I have cracked this year’s Summer Photography Scavenger Hunt hosted by Mary-Lou at Patio Postcards. I skipped August as I had so little to report but here, belatedly, is my final round-up to complete the list of challenges… (more…)

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Sunflower in Thompson’s Park

There was still plenty of colour on offer in my local Cardiff parks – Victoria Park and Thompson’s Park – as September ushered out a meteorologically disappointing summer. Here are some of my pictures… (more…)

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