10 days ago, on what turned out to be the last warm sunny day of our Summer, we visited one of our favourite country estates – Wrest Park. It’s a place I have photographed before so on this occasion I decided to concentrate on the detail and I found that in the wooded areas where the foliage was brilliantly lit.
It felt like Spring, almost. That same translucency, that same vibrant green. The Acers in particular gave that impression.
But move a few yards and the Horse Chestnut trees looked much more autumnal. Look closer and I suspect much of their worn and ragged appearance is due to the Horse Chestnut Leaf Miner that causes late summer patchy browning but from which thankfully the trees can recover.
However due to the dry hot summer (by our standards), experts have predicted that there will appear to be two Autumns this year. An early leaf drop from trees that have shallower root systems and have not recovered from the stress of lack of water, and a true Autumn in late October. Time will tell but there will be plenty of opportunities to record the events.