It’s Autumn – but not as we know it

Maybe my memory is suspect, or I’m being impatient, but Autumn is not what it should be, nor how I remember it. It’s been a weird year weather-wise in the UK: a bitterly cold Winter was followed by an unusually warm Spring; Summer was miserable, cool and grey, and Autumn started with a heat wave with record temperatures of 29.9C at the start of October.

Rainfall this year has also been bizarre. The North and West of the UK has had excessive rainfall; in complete contrast, the South-East’s Rainfall has been well below normal with East Anglia suffering the worst. Many of our trees have suffered from drought stress: already stripped of leaves having gone from summer to bare branches, by-passing Autumn completely, as the leaves have dried to crisps.  Other trees remain stubbornly green but with withering leaves – few trees, so far, are developing their normal autumnal colors.

I’ve been out twice this week looking for Autumn colors and they have been hard to find – but they exist if you search.  Here are the results:-

More like Spring than Autumn - click to enlarge

You’d be forgiven if you thought you had time-travelled looking at these Beech leaves. A Sweet Chestnut is a little more seasonal.

Sweet Chestnut leaves - click to enlarge

On other trees – many of the leaves are blown, diseased or grounded. A real mixed bunch. But just once or twice you find what you are looking for – Oak leaves that really do carry the badge of Autumn, whether they are fallen or still on the tree. Hopefully there is better to come.

Last leaves hanging

Diseased leaves

Variegated leaves

Oak leaf grounded

Oak leaves on the turn - click to enlarge

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About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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4 Responses to It’s Autumn – but not as we know it

  1. Marc says:

    Nice autumn shots here. I agree, the weather has been strange this year. I did enjoy that brief Indian summer a few weeks ago though!

  2. A.Barlow says:

    Nice shots in this set.

    You’re not alone in your thoughts though man. Same thing out here in California. Although, our weather has been strange for a couple years now it seems. Rain one day, heat wave next week…

  3. Adam Allegro says:

    Neat shots. I feel the same. Thouhg not as “weird”, the weather down here in Naples has been rather dry. Or maybe its all the pollution and lack of living foilage. Who knows… Well done!

  4. Jimi Jones says:

    Nice shots, Andy.
    Perhaps the usual colors will arrive a little later than normal this year.

    Here in the eastern US it’s been rough and tumble weather-wise. Torrential rains caused flooding in places that hadn’t seen such levels of water in our lifetime. Nonetheless, Fall arrived with it’s typical beauty.

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