In late summer, as daylight hours shorten and temperatures cool.
Carotenoids are present in leaves the whole year round. But their orange-yellow colors are usually masked by green chlorophyll.
The reds, the purples, and their blended combinations that decorate autumn foliage come from another group of pigments in the cells called anthocyanins.
The brown color of leaves is not the result of a pigment, but rather cell walls, which may be evident when no coloring pigment is visible.
Autumn produces some of the most vibrant colours of the year in the leaves of deciduous trees and shrubs. However, colour can vary from year-to-year, and between individual trees and shrubs of the same species. This can be due to reasons such as the weather.
The fruiit makes great Quince jelly, great for Victoria sponges.
Rosaceae (which also contains apples and pears, among other fruits). It is a deciduous tree that bears a pome fruit, similar in appearance to a pear, and bright golden-yellow when mature. Throughout history the cooked fruit has been used as food
Named after the Greek goddess for the rainbow, [well we have seen many of these], and I expect we will see many more. I like this one, as it has especially nice markings in the throat of the flower. It’s also pretty cheerie, to brighten up the days.
Dreaming of a holiday in the warmer weather. Relaxing listening to the Curlews haunting cry as they fly into the estuary. Watching the flocks of gulls wading around the lowering waters. Watching the sun set beyond the horizon. Colouring the sky in pinks, reds and yellows. I can imagine myself there already.
Also a timely reminder for dog owners. When walking amonst livestock. Keep dogs under tight control. Especially at this time of the year, late Winter, Early Spring. Many sheep are highly pregnant and could easily abort.
Not only that, farmers are quite within rights to shoot your dog if it is caught ‘worrying sheep’, that is any time of year.