Fallen autumn leaves

I went out for an afternoon walk today hoping to get some shots of autumnal trees.

I was a bit late though and the light was fading too much.

But these shots of the leaves that had alreday fallen appealed.

The leaves seem to be coming down quickly this year, plenty of those still on the trees are still green but the golden ones are coming off fast in the wind.

Tomorrow I might head out to Epping Forest to see how that’s looking.


Hawthorn blossom

I went for a stroll in Wanstead Park earlier to look at the bluebells. The wood was carpeted with them but the light meant that the photographs weren’t as good as I had hoped.

Wanstead Park has several artificial lakes and ponds from the days when it was the gardens of a large and imposing Palladian house. The house if long gone, demolished to pay off the creditors amassed by the errant husband of the final owner in 1822.

As we walked around the Ornamental Water with its twists, turns and islands we turned a corner to find a hawthorn standing on its own at the lake edge in full blossom.

Wanstead Park is managed by the City of London as part of Epping Forest. It’s a lovely place to stroll or picnic and you can find out more here: