Until July 2017, documenting the seasons of coastal Dorset. I'm a complete amateur so don't trust I'm always right. If ever you see I'm wrong - whether with identifications or in anything else - do say! Meanwhile . . . I've now moved to Halifax in West Yorkshire. Click on the link below to collect the new URL. Don't forget to follow there!

Tuesday, 30 October 2012


You have no idea how many photographs I've taken recently, nor how many topics I've covered. How could you? I've not been churning out posts - and even this is late. Trouble is, I've been overwhelmed by choice. In the end, I've cheated and will simply present you with a small selection of autumn photos. After all, it is autumn. What more pressing subject could there be?

Wild Chicory Flower
October 30th 2012

Wild Chicory Flower when the petals have fallen
October 30th 2012

Chicory is one of my favourite plants. Its flowers get smaller as the season advances but they stand out specially against the aging vegetation beside the path. Some petals have fallen. Some seeds are forming.

October  15th 2012
Some parts of the landscape are still green.
Others are brown and white.
Autumn takes its time.

Teasels are another favourite.

Hawthorn leaf with bright autumn colours
October 30th 2012


Hawthorn doesn't 'do' autumn - not in the striking way of some other deciduous trees. Most of their leaves drop discreetly but there are prima-donnas among them, leaves which decide to do a dazzle all on their own.

Rose Bay Willow Herb - seeds appearing
October 30th 2012

Willow Herb.
This is one of the larger ones.
I photograph it in the same place every year.
Wonderful shapes it makes against the sky.

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The Follow Section

The most recent tree following posts . . .

Experiments With Plants
London Plane Tree

Down By The Sea

Anyone else?

And, finally - the view I'm following through the seasons.

Sandsfoot Castle, Dorset, England
Sandsfoot Castle
Ten to four in the afternoon,
Tuesday 30th October 2012

Have a good autumnal week.

(Or is it spring where you are?)

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Dartford Warbler said...

Beautiful photos as ever. Chicory is such a lovely blue. It often grows here from birdseed that has been dropped.

The hawthorns have nearly all dropped their leaves here and berries are few and far between.

Hollis said...

Nice, Lucy. Fall was still here last week, a beautiful Indian Summer, but then was chased away by snow. But now it's back again!! need to get out and see how everything is doing :)

Κωστής Τζαγκαράκης said...

Beautiful autumn captures Lucy.

Anonymous said...

Lovely, and I grow all of these on the plot! Flighty xx

Mark Willis said...

Next month at ten-to-four it will be dark! :(

Toffeeapple said...

I have never seen Chicory in the flesh, but I love the colour of it.

Gaz said...

Lovely selection of shots Lucy!

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

We have just been introduced to Chicory up here, it's my new fav plant. So there I am stopping by the side of the road, bending over with camera in hand, vehicles whizzing by.....

Well, you get the picture.


Jane Marie said...

I'm looking forward to following your view through the seasons. That sounds like fun.

Gardens at Waters East said...

Lucy, NIce collection for the month. Here too the Autumn is coming to an end. I will be posting my monthly review tomorrow. As with your photos, there are oh so many and it is difficult to choose only a few as a review of a beautiful month here on the lake. It will be interesting to follow your on-going photos of the final picture posted today. Jack

Rowan said...

I like chicory too though the only place I've seen it growing wild is Romania. Lovely photos especially the teasel.

Olivia V. Ambrogio said...

Lovely photos! And I too love chicory, though I used to see a lot more of it in Boston than I do here in DC. But that color, ethereal and vivid at once, is such a joy to behold.

Caro (UrbanVegPatch) said...

I love this time of year for photographs - the colours are more subtle and much more beautiful. A lovely selection of photos, Lucy - I especially like your Willow Herb!

Donna said...

I enjoyed your plants during autumn...we also have teasel and chickory here as they were brought here years ago...