Is this really July?

Well, the heat wave finally ended. The rain arrived yesterday and with it, wind. Everything got a soaking – no need to water the garden yesterday, nor today. Hurrah for that! Leaves have been blasted from the trees and I have been out today gazing at the leaf litter that carpets the ground.

And, I’m scratching my head and thinking: this is July (by a couple of days, but still July) and the ground looks like Autumn. This shouldn’t be happening, not in July. The leaves are dying. They have been fried, burnt, starved of water, and they have given up. And here they lie in a scene that would easily suggest late October. The world’s gone mad.

In our back garden we have what we call a Cabbage Palm (that may be incorrect), and that too has been buffeted and has shed a bucket full of leaves – or spears as my wife calls them. It needed to, actually. I picked up over 150 of them. And thought – worth a picture.

What will tomorrow bring? more rain I believe, and then it hots up again. Can we have normal, please?

 

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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'.
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23 Responses to Is this really July?

  1. ShimonZ says:

    Ah normal… that would be very nice. Aside from the question of whether these weather changes are caused by man, the flatulence of cows, heavy industry or storms on the face of the sun, it does seem like we’re seeing new weather patterns.

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  2. Sue says:

    I want Normal, too…..but it won’t happen,,..”

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  3. paula graham says:

    Yea, I want normal , when do I want it? NOW!

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  4. Well, someone has to say it: This is the new normal.

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  5. Last year, we had a wet spring and a dry hot summer and autumn. Instead of turning colors, many of the leaves on the trees simply dried up and hung on. Weird times.

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    • LensScaper says:

      Many thanks for your comment. I was out walking again yesterday locally, and what you describe is exactly what is happening. Damaged or partially uprooted trees that have continued to thrive for years, clearly marginally, are now festooned with dead leaves – withered and burnt.

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  6. shoreacres says:

    I especially like the first photo. The colors are lovely, and so unusually combined. If I were there, I would have been tempted to try some weaving with your “spears,” although I suspect they would have been too stiff for that kind of project.

    As for the climate? There’s no question that changes are occurring, but discussions of precisely what those changes are and how to deal with them could stand a little less hysteria (not that you’re hysterical — not at all — but some are).

    After thirty years of working on the water, watching patterns and predictions ebb and flow over the years, I know how much error can exist in even short-term predictions, and how even the best computer modeling can miss on weather systems: let alone climate changes. I also know I’m more sanguine than some, but geo-political apocalypse seems more likely to me than a climatic one.

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    • LensScaper says:

      I think our planet is in a complete mess, period. Unstable, uncertain and extreme. As regards images, I have a project on-the-go that started last winter: to photograph leaf litter. Either to bring leaves home and photograph them singly or as collages, or to photograph them in situ. In situ I photograph what I see with one exception – I allow myself to remove unsightly or glaring ‘bits’ of vegetation but never to re-arrange or add to nature’s compositions. The spears are weird, and this was the first time I saw potential in the way they had fallen. Where the palm stands, there is no competition from other leaves, and their lines are so very striking that i don’t think they would mix well with other leaves. But who knows – anything might happen!

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      • shoreacres says:

        I remember that project of yours. Somewhere along the line — perhaps at the O’Keeffe exhibition — I came across an artist who’d done something similar. I’ll see if I can find it.

        Now that I look at the spears again, they remind me of the game of pick-up sticks.

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  7. Meanderer says:

    Ha – I don’t think there is normal anymore! The recent rain was most welcome and – as you say – it was good not to have to manually water the garden. The grass is slowly greening up but some of the established plants have succumbed. With regard to leaves, our weeping cherry leaves are turning red and orange – their Autumn colours – which is rather worrying.

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    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Meanderer. So far we have saved everything, but not without a lot of time watering (for which I feel a little guilty) as water supplies must be dwindling. If you read my most recent Post, published today, you sill see that Autumn is likely to be early and not very spectucular according to an expert, much as I feared would be the case.

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  9. bluebrightly says:

    I hope you would do as much with “normal” as you do with the extremes, because these images are great! Global warming and extremes are a fact of life now, I think we just have to live with it. Hopefully the next generations will take better care than previous ones did. Meanwhile, we do what we can, and adapt. Your adaptations are very attractive.

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    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Lynn for your thoughts. The problem is that we only have a short time to stop global warming getting completely out of control. Successive governments have decided that they would rather ‘pass the buck’ than tackle the problem. Trump is in denial because he’s more interested in keeping Pensylvania and other states happy and ensuring his presidency continues. Our grand-children will inhabit a world far worse than what we see happening now and they will, rightly, curse our generation for its behaviour.

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