Some Autumn Colours, Posted on a “Dreich” day, as the Scots would say

26 Oct

Had a rather disappointing day this last weekend … we were slated to go to a local attraction, called “Holy Hill” … a very large basilica, administered by a group of Carmelite friars … it is in the middle of the kettle region of southern Wisconsin, on the peak of a conical kame (a glacial remnant of the Ice Age), in thickly wooded country. We were expecting Fall colours galore, and freedom to move about in order to take pictures.

Well, our hopes evaporated when we found ourselves practically shoulder to shoulder with large numbers of tourists, unable to move about with any degree of ease, and the leaf colours hardly in evidence, probably due to the unseasonably warm weather.

So, I am putting up a few shots of some trees in Autumn finery from right around home, taken the day before our weekend jaunt. Not many, but it’s something, at least … especially on this “dreich” day … cold, rainy, windy, and raw … that is to say, “dreich” as the Scots would say. Living where they do, in the North of the British Isles, and in the midst of a cold sea. So, here they are:

resize-of-dsc_3213-copyThis tree amused me, turning colour in patches.



And that’s about it, folks … sorry there aren’t more, but I was anticipating the trip and the pictures resulting from that.

Cheers, all!


Posted by on October 26, 2016 in Uncategorized


14 responses to “Some Autumn Colours, Posted on a “Dreich” day, as the Scots would say

  1. blackcalla

    October 26, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    Great color and good pics of it. I think you are a little ahead of us. We are still about only 50-75%. Was looking at pics from last year and at this time we were almost bare.

    • derwandersmann

      October 27, 2016 at 3:40 am

      Yes; this current climate disturbance seems to have mucked up things like Fall colour schedules, water ice formation, and snowfall, throwing Nature’s timing ‘way off most of the time.

  2. naomisilverart

    October 27, 2016 at 12:38 am

    My husband grew up in that part of Wisconsin & we remember his parents dragging us to a Christmas Eve service there one year. All I can remember is there was no or little heat in the place and we were freezing to death! Lol Sorry you didn’t get to see it & I have absolutely no memory of what it looked like. 😦

    • derwandersmann

      October 27, 2016 at 3:42 am

      Yes … we saw a number of signs informing the curious of the times for masses.

  3. naomisilverart

    October 27, 2016 at 12:39 am

    Beautiful colors on the trees. I’m so disappointed by the almost complete lack of color we have this fall down here in St. Louis. It’s never amazing down here, but previous years have been much better.

    • derwandersmann

      October 27, 2016 at 3:45 am

      You really need some chillier weather for colour development. I suspect that was what was wrong with the colours at the church, too.

  4. Darko

    October 27, 2016 at 2:09 am

    At least you had a nice and sunny day. Over here on the west coast, entire October was rainy, I think we had a couple of nice afternoons for the whole month. Maybe. Colours of the leaves are magnificent but I am either in the office or it is heavily raining and everything turns to grey(ish). Oh well…
    I like that last one, it really shows what autumn is really all about.

    • derwandersmann

      October 27, 2016 at 3:50 am

      Thanks, Dare … I suspect that you’re more used to brilliant colour in autumn, coming from where you do. If memory serves, Serbia is relatively heavily-forested, and has enough of a cold autumn to produce good colour.

      • Darko

        October 27, 2016 at 12:57 pm

        Oh yes, in Serbia all you need is one cold morning at the end of October and on sunny days you have explosion of colours, even in small parks or even streets, not to mention forests. BC has a lot of cedars, pines and firs and they stay green all year around. Few regions are exception and I think they look pretty nice at the moment. But coast has Pacific influenced weather and right now there is a huge low pressure area just outside of Vancouver Island and we have a lot of rain.

  5. evawiren

    October 27, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Lovely post and the first picture I like very much. Here the leave are falling it has been very color full. Beautiful as allways.

  6. Jill

    November 2, 2016 at 11:01 am

    Sometimes the best things are in our own “backyard.” The view from ‘here’ is sometimes more of a getaway not having to forge ahead to, as you found, find a crowd. Really pretty trees you have nearby- the top must be a maple?

  7. biesikbeztuby

    November 5, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    Very nice photos.


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