Monday, 23 October 2017

Harcourt Arboretum


I had always wanted to visit the Arboretum in Oxford, and last weekend, when we were visiting family, my wish was fulfilled.





It was a good day for walking. The trees are impressive, and we had a very pleasant walk.




The heady perfume of this incense cedar was overwhelming. I did not want to move away.




We started walking along the aster avenue and the colours at this time of year were wonderful







Lots of fungi about










Some very tall, mature trees here




The mahogany-coloured bark of this Tibetan cherry was a pleasure to behold. I had seen one before at Blenheim Palace, which is also near Oxford




looking closer




We moved on and eventually got to



 

to the pig pen where we saw the sow and her seven piglets.




Too sweet for words....





A hazel coppice







led to this structure




where a peacock stood on the table




Intricate branch formations







and then we reached the lime wood.










which lead to the meadows.






 

We then came across three peacocks. We were intrigued by the white one and could not decide whether it was an albino or whether the young are normally white.




Having looked it up I have learnt that even though people tend to assume that white ones are albinos, this is not the case. The colour is due to a genetic mutation that causes loss of pigmentation and is called leucism. However, the eyes are not red as is the case with albinos.



 

The stack of red cedar was fabulous




so many colours and hues



 

while the sawdust was bright red.




Ken decided to try out




this seat.





Lots of mushrooms in the meadow - I was told that this one might be poisonous




whilst these flat caps are edible




there were loads of those









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