|Todds Pit - 11 November 2015|
In the first instance, the water simply reflects the colours of the surrounding trees. Although this image was taken in the second week of November, in this mildest of autumns, the reeds and a great deal of the surrounding tree foliage were still bright green.
|Dickerson's Pit - 16 November 2015|
This theme of the slow rate of change of some of the foliage is continued in this photograph. Here goat willow growing on an island in the middle of Dickerson's Pit shine bright yellow as they catch the late afternoon sun. In the foreground, the reeds are still the same colour as they have been all summer long.
|Dickerson's Pit - 12 November 2015|
In contrast, it is these reeds (? soft rush Juncus effusus) on the northern edge of Dickerson's Pit that have already turned brown, while most of the surrounding trees are still green.
|Dickerson's Pit - 25 November 2015|
Leaves that fall onto the water are blown about by the wind until they eventually accumulate in a quiet backwater. The leaves in this picture probably have not moved very far at all: this inlet is so sheltered these leaves are where they fell.
The Reed BedOver the course of this blog, I have been recording the changes in one particular reed bed at the north end of Todd's Pit. In April, the reeds were still completely brown, despite the general greening of the park at the time. By May, the bed was a fifty-fifty mixture of green new growth and dead brown reeds from the previous autumn. The reeds finally came into flower in September, by which time all trace of the previous year's growth had finally disappeared.
|Todd's Pit - 2 November 2015|
By early November, the reeds were already beginning to turn brown. The flower heads in particular had already lost the purple brown of earlier.
|Todd's Pit - 4 December 2015|
Just over a month later, the reeds were almost completely brown. Compared to the same bed in April, the bed is denser and the reeds are a more golden brown, but little else is different.