Autumn beech woods
A month ago I showed you some photos of my favourite beech wood, and had a request from Becky over at teacups,cupcakes to show some more as the colours turned. With the mild weather, the autumn colours have been rather muted this year. The trees seemed to be subsiding quietly into winter rather than going out in a blaze of glory. What they needed was a sharp frost to get them going. Last week, during our absence in Skye, the frosts finally arrived, and we returned home to a brighter landscape with a distinct late-autumnal feel: crimson Japanese maples, half-naked limes and glowing, amber beech woods. For Becky, then, and anyone else who needs a walk through the woods, these are for you.
But this young cock pheasant is far too busy to admire the view – let alone to stand still for a photograph. His magnificent adult plumage is almost complete now, just a few scruffy patches left on his head and neck.