Horfield Common, in North Bristol, is just around the corner from my house and massage room. In January 2018 I decided that I would try to take a picture of the lovely horse chestnut tree in the park's bottom corner, as often as possible, throughout the year. My aim would be to capture the changing seasons in the park. I discovered it was a really popular tree and there were nearly always people chatting near it, children playing under it and dogs and their owners having fun around it. I often had to wait to get a picture without anyone in it. Unfortunately I missed a few summer months and the full glory of the trees flowers. I do remember at that time every time I went by the tree had company so I had to walk by without a picture but maybe I was busy too. Most of the pictures were taken late afternoon, after I had finished my massage, so the light is low in many. I particularly like the second picture where the stormy light captures the green moss covering the whole tree. The third last is also lovely because despite being a grey day the park is probably at its most colourful. I wonder what happened to the swing?
Early January - The depths of winter.
Late January - Stormy light, green moss and blossom buds forming in the background.
Early February - A positive blue sky.
Early March - Despite the snow, the leaf buds are there.
Mid April - Bright green leaves and beautiful blossom.
Early May - Flower buds are ready to open.
Mid September - Look closely for conkers. Are the leaves curling because of drought, autumn, or bleeding canker disease?
Early October - Grey autumn day.
Mid October - Leaves begin to fall.
Late October - Bright and colourful.
6th November - Stormy but the park is even more colourful.
9th November - Colourful Autumn day.
12th November - Most of the leaves fell from the tree with six days!
Early December - and then there were none, the old leaves that is, the new leaf buds are forming!
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