The Tuesday tree: first tints of autumn
Today is wet, windy and chilly. After the balmy weather of the past week, it really feels like autumn has arrived. The trees, however, are still at that in-between stage: heavy greenery, just beginning to yellow at the tips. This is most noticeable on the beeches, which have been looking decidedly wan for a couple of weeks now. But it is the horse chestnuts, the first to burst into green leaf in the spring, which are always the first to embrace autumn with any enthusiasm. Has anyone else noticed how horse chestnuts seem to favour one branch as their autumn leader? In Oxford, there is a huge old chestnut by Magdalen Bridge. Year after year, the leaves of the same large bough turns crisp orange and brown long before the rest of the tree has caught up. We have a more modest version here. This photo was taken last September, but the tree’s current appearance is exactly the same: two autumnal boughs on a summer tree.
See also: Can we pretend it’s Tuesday already?