Changing Seasons – October 2019

I took the opportunity of a lovely warm and sunny day last week to head down to this walk alongside the Copperhouse Pool and was delighted to find the tide was out and well over a hundred light-bellied Brent Geese (Branta bernicla) feeding on the mudflats as well as a curlew or two.

It was late afternoon and by the time I reached the end and turned around to walk back to my car the sun was already down behind the hills and the temperature had dropped. But the sight of the geese heading off to their overnight roost was the perfect ending. The Brent Goose flies in loose flocks along the coast, rather than in tight skeins like grey geese.

The most noticeable thing about this months walk was the colour red and the number of bushes with berries. Apparently the birds like the red ones the best so the yellow berries last the longest on the bushes.

(click on the collage to enlarge image)
George V Memorial Walk – october 23 2019
  • Row 1: Hardy Bromeliad Fascicularia bicolorHebe (Veronica), Yucca,  Nandina domestica ‘Firepower’, Fuchsia
  •  Row 2: Solanum laxum ‘Album’ – Potato vine, Ilex x altaclerensis ‘Lawsoniana’ (Lawson’s holly), Seed-head, Skimmia japonica, Purple berries – Boobialla ?
  • Row 3: Hesperantha coccinea,  Linaria purpurea, the dummy tree¹, Senecio ‘Angel Wings’,² Salvia leucantha or Mexican Bush Sage
  • Row 4: Monkey Puzzle tree, Cotoneaster hualiensis (red berries), Chrysanthemums, Hellebore foetidius, pink berries (Snowberry – Symphoricarpos ‘Mother Of Pearl’ ?)
  • Row 5: Agapanthus, Echeveria, more red berries, Conifer with cones, Euryops pectinatus

All these photos were taken with my Olympus OM-D E-M10 using a 42mm – 150mm zoom lens. I am going to have to try and get better photos of the berries next month to try and identify the plants.

¹The dummy tree is a small tree at the entrance to the sensory garden where children who have outgrown their dummies hang them on the branches. This one says:

Dear dummy fairies,
I am leaving my dummy because I am a big girl now.
Love from Beau Nash x x x
Age 4

²I think this is Angel Wings. It has very large leaves and has a sensory velvety texture but this seems greener than the ones I have seen elsewhere.

The Changing Seasons | October


  1. restlessjo says:

    I need a close up of the dummy tree! It’s adorable 🙂 🙂 Happy Halloween, lovely! No fear of trick or treaters where you are…

    1. Heyjude says:

      I’ll try and get a full on view of the tree. Are you heading off to Seville today?

      1. restlessjo says:

        On the coach now. What you up to? 🎃💕

        1. Heyjude says:

          Not a lot today – grey again, but dry so far! Have fun!

        2. restlessjo says:

          Weather is distinctly moody here too, but warm. And I’m adventuring 😍 with my faultless sense of direction. Hopefully I’ll find Sue xx

        3. Heyjude says:

          Say Hi to Sue from me!

        4. restlessjo says:

          I did. All hugs passed on 🤗💕

  2. beetleypete says:

    I had never heard of a dummy tree. Great idea!
    The late sun here has been welcome, but the temperature surely plummets as soon as it sets, I agree.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      The dummy tree is obviously popular, it has ‘grown’ and ‘grown’ in the last few years!

  3. ianhope5 says:

    I love the picture of the geese. It reminded me of the sunrise and sunsets we had this Monday & Tuesday. Driving to work as the sun came up with the burnt orange and the crisp blue sky, it can be a beautiful time of the year (when it’s not raining!) Ian

    1. Heyjude says:

      Sadly those sort of skies are generally in short supply down here in the west country 😦 This was an exceptionally lovely day, I wish and hope there will be more!

  4. Joanne Sisco says:

    I love the dummy tree!

    Nature goes out in a blaze of colour before she’s hunkers down for the winter. It’s glorious to see all that colour. Sadly, with the wind and rain we’re having right now, I doubt there will be anything left on the trees and bushes when this is all over.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Sounds like the weather we have recently been enduring. A quiet day today, grey, but dry and no wind.

      1. Joanne Sisco says:

        Enjoy it. We’re getting all the wet and windy here!

        1. Heyjude says:

          Wet and foggy now!

  5. lolaWi says:

    what a lovely walk! your collage is so pretty! 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you 🙂

  6. Amy says:

    The capture of these geese is so beautiful captured, Jude! Love the gallery, truly beautiful.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Amy, the geese were a lovely addition to the walk.

  7. pommepal says:

    What a lovely sight those geese are and so much colour still around. I had to chuckle at the “dummy tree”

    1. Heyjude says:

      I remember my daughter throwing her baby pillow (she refused a dummy and used to suck the corner of the pillow) into the dustbin when she was almost two years old. We were on tenterhooks as to whether we’d have to rush to the shops to buy her a new one!

  8. I’ve never heard of a dummy tree before! Good idea, but I prefer the flowers and berries.

  9. Su Leslie says:

    The flying birds are great Jude, and I love the dummy tree. We bribed the boy-child with a Thomas the Tank Engine train set — a tree would have been so much cheaper.

  10. Dina says:

    Just as I start writing this an enormous flock of wild geese are flying over the house, one of the joys of the season on the coast. Like all the other ones, I had never heard of a dummy tree, so adorable. 🙂 Have you ever tried the App PlantNet (free) to identify plants?

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes, winter is good for the birdlife along your coast. I have that App on my phone but haven’t used it. I must try it out!

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