Posted by: christinelaennec | November 12, 2013

Fire and frost

My goodness, this has been just the most beautiful autumn here in Scotland.  Let me show you some photos of the blazing “fall colors”:

Trees in the park, Glasgow, November 2013.

Trees in the park, Glasgow, November 2013.

Japanese maple blazing in the Botanical Gardens, Glasgow.  November 2013.

Japanese maple in the Botanical Gardens, Glasgow. November 2013.

Muted colours in the park, Glasgow, November 2013.

Muted colours in the park, Glasgow, November 2013.

But we woke up to a silvery scene on Sunday morning – our first hard frost here.  It brought its own beauty:

Skimmia in the first hard frost this autumn, Glasgow 2013.

Skimmia in the first hard frost this autumn, Glasgow, November 2013.  (Can anyone tell me which skimmia this is?)

Frosted geum (I think?) leaves, Glasgow, November 2013.

Frosted geum (I think?) leaves, Glasgow, November 2013.

I don’t quite understand how the ice made this pattern, but presumably it froze, thawed, and froze again.  Where it looks as if there’s water lying on top, it was frozen solid.  And there was a treacherous layer of black ice on the cement as well.

Strange ice formations in the birds' water dish.  Glasgow, November 2013.

Strange ice formations in the birds’ water dish. Glasgow, November 2013.

This morning we are back to blue skies, sun, and a chill in the air.  I think I’ll need a hat when I go out!

Wishing you all a very good start to the week.

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Responses

  1. I think we had our first frost about 3 or more weeks ago but this morning we woke up to snow! What?!!! This is very early. It is only about 1/2 an inch but it is pretty (and cold!!!). We have enjoyed a prolonged, beautiful fall here.

  2. Those frosted plants are beautiful, you’re right that this time of year throws up some lovely colours and patterns in nature.

  3. I agree, the fall foliage has been lovely this year. 🙂 I am loving this chilly but sunny days so much. Beautiful photos, happy day!

  4. Hi Christine! We had a hard frost last week, then gorgeous weather. We are in for a freeze warning tonight as well, but today is heavenly. Lots of fall color here, too. Sometimes the colors are disappointing, but this year has been fantastic. And the clarity of the air and light makes it all the more lovely.

  5. I miss the hard frosts that you get in the UK, we very rarely seem to get them in Pennsylvania where I am, just occasionally.

    Lovely to have a beautiful fall, it just sets you up for winter.

    Christy

  6. Such lovely photographs! It really has been a beautiful Autumn! xx

  7. Very lovely views of your Autumn leaves and the frost looks like sugar coating. The bird bath almost looks like a bird has fallen in and lies upside down! We have not had a frost yet, but maybe later this week. Enjoy this beautiful time of year! xo Karen

  8. Lovely photographs, Christine. Especially the frosted flowers and foliage.

  9. It’s very beautiful in the south, too. Yesterday I was in London and the trees I saw there were mostly still green. In Oxford they are slowly turning golden, and right now we have a wonderful pink and blue sunset, with a bright silvery moon in the middle of it.

  10. That first image made me gasp. Your autumn is oh, so lovely. We had a frost and super cold snap, too. My sidewalk wasn’t nearly as pretty as your bird bath, though.

  11. Could that be Skimmia Japonica “Rubella”? It’s hard to tell the right colors on the web and with the frost, if the leaves are verigated or not. 🙂 Beautiful photos ~ I love this time of year.

  12. Thank you everyone, so much, for your comments. It’s always such a pleasure to “hear back” from you.

    Anne, thank you for that suggestion. I don’t think the leaves are variegated, but I will watch to see how it blossoms and will keep ‘Rubella’ in mind (the plant not the disease!).

  13. I think you can understand why autumn is my favorite season!

    (Box deposited in the mail on Tuesday – should arrive soon!) ❤

    • Yes indeed, I do understand! And thank you very much for your kindness, Stacy.

  14. I will be visiting Glasgow Botanic Gardens for the very first time this weekend. I am really looking forward to it.

  15. Or should I wait till the middle of the year because of the winter?


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