Monday, 2 November 2020

2nd NOVEMBER 2020

Leaf shadows on trunk of tree in Autumn. 2nd November 2020.
Leaf shadows on trunk of tree in Autumn. 2nd November 2020.
What have I seen today?

That which I enjoyed the most were the shadows of leaves on the trunk of a tree.

When I first moved to Halifax (in West Yorkshire) I found a site where you can type in your post code and it will tell you the air quality. Halifax is a very busy town with lots of lorries and buses and cars. I anticipated the score would be low; a sad contrast, I expected, with the air I was used to in Dorset where I had lived right by the sea. But no. It came out surprisingly high. Pretty healthy stuff. I was pleased; but puzzled.

Autumn  Woods, Mount Pellon, Halifax, West Yorkshire. 2nd November 2020.
Autumn  Woods, Mount Pellon, Halifax, West Yorkshire. 2nd November 2020.

A few days ago I went on a short journey into Lancashire to visit The Forest of Bowland. It isn't a 'forest'  in the usual sense of non-stop trees - but it is very beautiful. On the way home I was entertained to see that the notice which announced I was re-entering Calderdale (this part of West Yorkshire) had a description written on it. Calderdale, it turns out is 'Ruggedly sophisticated'. My new image! The best of all worlds. I really am not sure about the 'sophisticated' bit but 'rugged' it certainly is. So rugged, so up and down, with so many steep drops in inconvenient places - there's plenty of room for trees where houses simply couldn't be. They are frequently in 'cloughs', the local word for a steep sided valley or ravine. Sometimes, often, you don't know they are there but these trees must have a huge impact on our air quality.

Autumn woods, Mount Pellon, Halifax, West Yorkshire. November 2nd 2020.
Autumn woods, Mount Pellon, Halifax, West Yorkshire. November 2nd 2020.



This morning, I was pottering around in the Mount Pellon area of Halifax - and that's where I saw the leaf shadows . . . and lots of autumn trees!

Path in woods under tall railway arch. 2nd November 2020
Path in woods under tall railway arch. 2nd November 2020









I also went under this huge arch belonging to a disused railway line.

Seedling on mossy wall. 2nd November 2020
Seedling on mossy wall. 2nd November 2020









And back up in the light . . . found this seedling growing out of a mossy wall. This seedling is almost as amusing as the 'ruggedly sophisticated' slogan because it has the air of being the kind of seedling that would want to grow into a really large plant if only it weren't sticking out of a wall . . . and if only it were a different time of year . . . and . . . it looks like a squash seedling, though perhaps it's a sunflower. Can anyone say?

Tiny white toadstools. Possibly Ivory Bonnet (Mycena flavoalba). 2nd November 2020

This afternoon I went out to look at a patch of tiny toadstools. They are spread over an area about two foot square, are white and each one is only about a centimetre across. You can see how small they are by comparing them with the size of the sycamore leaf. I put them on iSpot and a couple of people have already suggested they are 'Ivory Bonnet' (Mycena flavoalba). They are probably right - though I thought the tops of 'bonnet' fungi tended to be more pointy than these.

Tiny white toadstools close up. Possible Ivory Bonnet. (Mycena flavoalba) 2nd November 2020
Tiny white toadstools close up. Possible Ivory Bonnet.
(Mycena flavoalba) 2nd November 2020

Well, that was today! I hope you have had a good day too.

3 comments:

Granny Sue said...

How lovely that you were able to get out and about--and it looks like it was a beautiful day. The trees look so lush and green, so different from here where the wild winds of November have stripped most of them of their pretty autumn colors.

Nice to see you are posting again. I love that railroad bridge.

Hollis said...

Hello Lucy, good to hear/see from you. Congratulations on a lovely day! We've had several and I'm so enjoying them. Coming after weeks of smoke, awful winds, a blizzard and frigid temps, they seem especially wonderful.

best wishes

Flighty said...

Lovely post and pictures. Re identifying the seedling you really need to see the second, true, set of leaves which may look different to the first ones.
Take care. xx