The Tuesday Tree: a blazing gean
Some of the trees are almost bare of leaves now, the birches, ash and sweet chestnuts in particular. Others, however, are alight in their last blaze of autumnal glory.
While the beeches are looking fiery, the sycamores (left, centre ground) are doing their usual thing of quietly fading from dull green to dull brown. Behind them you can see a line of oaks which are mostly still green, although some have started to turn (extreme right foreground, for example). The conifers are still dark, of course, except for the larches up on the hill in the distance, which you can see have turned golden yellow before their needles drop. But what is this towards the front? Our ancient mis-shapen gean, which I think of as the quintessential May tree, has put on another show for autumn.
A week ago, the side of the gean facing the sun (on the left as you look at her) was orange ,while the smaller bough to the right was still green. Yesterday, when I took this photo, the sun-side was red while the shaded side was orange. This morning, after rain in the night, she has a red carpet laid around her feet and her top-most branches are bare. With her swaying asymmetry, I think she looks as if she is dancing off her leaves.
See also: Tuesday’s Tree: the May Queen