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A detail of the ash tree from yesterdays image taken from the ground. The Ash trees have only been mature enough to seed in the last year or so we don't know when they will drop - rather wait and see than look it up!
Autumn view over the main pond looking North West. On the island is an Ash tree still clinging to its seeds (detail tomorrow). The tall trees in the background are one Lombardy poplar and a row of male black poplars
Storms in the last few days have removed any leaves that were going to drop soon, so here are a few autumn views. This one looks east from an upper window.
A leaf falling in gloom of an autumn afternoon. The leaf is still above the trigger beam so this must have been capriciously triggered by an event out of the frame.
This fieldmouse (wood mouse) has found a half peanut the birds missed and is streaking off with it.
A montage of (probably) the same robin taken 12 minutes apart.
Fieldmice (Wood Mice) seem to be unfazed by anything - even having their world cluttered with detritus.
A bunch of leaves falling or blowing in the strong winds (keeping us awake until late - this was at 10pm). The light coming from the upper left cast shadows from some of the leaves. There is fresh worm cast just to the left of the log that was flattened by morning.
Standard reaction of our Muntjac deer to a human, This male (note horns and an interesting appendage at the rear) fled from our patch hurdling the fence and running off across the pasture.
An assortment of fallen leaves.
Why this fieldmouse (wood mouse) has it's tail vertical is anyone's guess. Does it have a built-in cellphone antenna?
This robin is just launching itself from the log nicely in the focal plane for once.
Two female pheasants have been about but have not yet graced one of our photo sites. The male is visiting both sites - here is a sample - his passport photo maybe?
A fieldmouse (wood mouse) 'hiding' behind a fallen hawthorn leaf with a twig of hawthorn berries fallen on the log.
We really aren't sure what is going on here, but it looks a bit like a 'leap from the mantelpiece' to us. (Added later: 3rd party suggestion is 'Nobody seemed to like Jerry's Tommy Cooper Impression')
All the robins are now immaculate, as in this example.
The horse chestnuts have mostly shed their leaves. With the optimism of nature here are the buds for next year, not yet with the sticky sheen.
Back to the present day, now the camera setup is fixed the fieldmice (wood mice) have not deserted us.
Our night photo kit was originally adjusted for larger animals. So here is a whole fox from Sept 2003.
The vertical approach of this rainbow to the horizon indicates that the sun is about to set. Equally interesting for the state of tree growth in Oct 1999 - the last 6 years have made a startling difference. A view including this area can be found in the archive for 2 Feb 2005
Sumach (aka Stagshorn) trees produce some wonderful autumn colours. Not so good this year but this one from 31 Oct 1999 shows the earlier leaf turn to good effect. We 'inherited' this tree with the house & it would take over the garden if we didn't keep hacking it back.
We had a particular human tolerant fox visiting us in June 1999.
Some images from this time of year taken several years ago on early digital cameras. This one from 12 Nov 1999 showing sunbeams through the trees filled with smoke from autumn leaf burning.
Long after sunset this pair of fieldmice (wood mice) tuck into the food on offer.
Sunshine on trees against storm clouds has always appealed to us for drama. This was looking East with the sun low in the sky to the west.
While photographing some hedge plants Marie spotted this sparrowhawk (probably the pigeon predator) as it momentarily circled a few times overhead.
We have been photographing a cowslip all year to make a 'sequence' but the seed heads are particularly attractive so here is the detailed image.
An oak twig with leaves all the way from green to dried out.
This pair of coupled Common Sympetrum Dragonflies spent some time laying eggs in the adjacent pond & warming themselves in the sun on a patch of dry grass where they are surprisingly difficult to spot if you don't see them land.
Surprised to see a few Red Admiral Butterflies about even on a sunny and not too cold day this late in the year.
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