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Ian 23rd August 2018 10:13 PM

Autumn colours
 
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Autumn3.jpg
(Above, from the Gallery - by Athena)

My gut instinct suggests to me that our long hot summer will deliver a particularly special Autumn foliage display this year.

I'm also acutely aware that my efforts to get meets arranged and confirmed has been pretty poor! :o

So how about it? I propose 2 meets and I will attend and do my best to arrange both; one in the North and one in the South. So I am open to suggestions and advice for locations and dates.

Let's start with a general time period; which weeks of the year to come will be in the sweet spot for Autumnal colours? My guess is that the North and South will differ by a week or two at least. Can I suggest we settle on agreed answers by the end of next week?

Once that is decided we can think about more precise dates and actual venues.

I would like to have dates and locations decided by the middle of September :)

Over to you!

Ian

shenstone 24th August 2018 06:05 AM

Re: Autumn colours
 
The classic place for autumn colours in the south is westonbirt arboretum.

They have the national Acer collection there

Normally we would go just before the clocks change, but this year a week or too earlier could be appropriate as my Acers are showing a few signs already because they got stressed

Regards
Andy

Ian 24th August 2018 07:15 AM

Re: Autumn colours
 
Thanks Andy, conveniently close to you :D:eek:*yo

But, seriously, a strong candidate for the South.

I'm going to look at my archive of autumn shots to try to gauge the date ranges.

Ian

MJ224 24th August 2018 07:23 AM

Re: Autumn colours
 
Unsure of the best week, as Andy says there are signs of Autumnal leaves as the hot summer has done odd things to botanical beings.

Either way, I am up for it. Live in Carmarthenshire, with good access to motorways etc.

Look forward to it...…………..*chr


Edit: And the meeting too...……...*yes

shenstone 24th August 2018 07:45 AM

Re: Autumn colours
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Ian (Post 455885)
Thanks Andy, conveniently close to you :D:eek:*yo

Not far, but it is abroad for Mark and I :)

Graham_of_Rainham 24th August 2018 07:47 AM

Re: Autumn colours
 
Very interested in this, but can’t do 6 hours of driving in a day anymore.

Hatfield Forrest would suit me.

Ian 24th August 2018 09:20 AM

Re: Autumn colours
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Graham_of_Rainham (Post 455891)
Very interested in this, but can’t do 6 hours of driving in a day anymore.

Hatfield Forrest would suit me.

I'd be very happy to drive you. We could do Hatfield Forest as a local meet as I think there would be enough of us.

Ian

090657 24th August 2018 09:34 AM

Re: Autumn colours
 
Another plug for Westonbirt and will admit to it being in my area!


Tim





Quote:

Originally Posted by shenstone (Post 455881)
The classic place for autumn colours in the south is westonbirt arboretum.

They have the national Acer collection there

Normally we would go just before the clocks change, but this year a week or too earlier could be appropriate as my Acers are showing a few signs already because they got stressed

Regards
Andy


Ian 24th August 2018 11:09 AM

Re: Autumn colours
 
I have to admit that in general I am usually disappointed that our native forests don't produce the colours I have seen when visiting other countries - especially parts of the USA. This may simply be to the types of trees that proliferate here, but I'm sure the climate also counts. The arboretum does have a wide variety of trees that traditionally produce great Autumn colours, so that looks like a safe bet. But it would be nice to find an area of more indigenous flora to photograph as well.

Ian

Wally 24th August 2018 11:15 AM

Re: Autumn colours
 
This might be of some interest? --> https://www.msn.com/en-gb/lifestyle/...id=mailsignout

There is one other location - Northumberland - that could be of interest but it is a National Trust property? Cragside House and Gardens.

The First House in the world to be powered by hydro-electricity. --> https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside

RobEW 24th August 2018 01:56 PM

Re: Autumn colours
 
Clumber Park near Sheffield might be a good place ...

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/clu...t-clumber-park

Ian 24th August 2018 02:08 PM

Re: Autumn colours
 
One, albeit minor problem with National Trust sites, is that they don't allow drone use. I'd definitely like to take some aerial shots with mine if at all possible, but it's not a high priority.

Ian

shenstone 24th August 2018 04:16 PM

Re: Autumn colours
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Ian (Post 455956)
I have to admit that in general I am usually disappointed that our native forests don't produce the colours I have seen when visiting other countries

There is an exception to every rule .. native beech woodland, Wentwood just north of Newport Gwent - Somewhere I like walking in the Autumn...

http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/ww10b.jpg

http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/ww4b.jpg

http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/ww3b.jpg


Hopefully some more inspiration if people are thinking of joining us



Regards
Andy

blu-by-u 25th August 2018 01:34 AM

Re: Autumn colours
 
Send me a return ticket, I will be there. :D

MJ224 25th August 2018 07:10 AM

Re: Autumn colours
 
Looks so Autumnal already...…………….Lovely photos Andy...……….*chr


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