Posted by: Ross Gardner | November 11, 2012

Simple things

So often it is the simple things that catch the imagination and raise the spirit.  Something like autumn leaves against a faultless blue sky.  I’m pretty sure you will find far better images to capture the beauty of the season’s colour, but there is something instinctively satisfying in bold colours that, in nature’s hands, never jar the senses.  I have therefore decided to daub this post with them.

Field Maple (Acer campestre). Ross Gardner 2012

The Field Maple is a common woodland and hedgerow tree and the autumn is perhaps when this can most easily be appreciated.  True to Acer form, the Field Maple’s autumn tones have a vibrancy that befits the reputation of their kin.  The explosions of vibrant yellow that blaze from the hedgerows gives a most forceful clue to their abundance.

Since I’m on the subject of autumnal signs, here is another, rather less obvious one – a Wood Mouse.  Perhaps Britain’s most numerous mammal and not really a classic harbinger of the season, I grant you.  No more so indeed, than for any other time of the year.  This one though, was trapped (humanely) in the lady’s toilet at Meadowfield (my place of work).  The shortening days and decreasing temperatures always coincides with more adventitious animals roving farther afield and finding their way indoors, in search of food and no doubt also appreciative of a bit of extra warmth and shelter.

Wood Mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus). Ross Gardner 2012

Quite cute, but not really what you want indoors.

No animals were harmed in the making of this blog.

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