Sometimes it pays to be trundling around RHS Wisley Gardens in a wheelchair, especially when you’re at the perfect height to fully appreciate the beauty of this wonderful, gnarly old tree! This one is for the Fotospeed challenge today.
A grey squirrel perched in the acer at Bowles’ Corner, RHS Wisley Gardens, for WexMondays this week. The squirrels are such fun to watch at the moment as they feed on the seeds of trees, like this acer, and cache nuts from the oaks and beech for later in the winter. We stared at one another for quite a while, both keeping as still as possible. The colours in this acer are just wonderful! Bold greens through to rich reds with bright red helicopter seeds. I have captured a lot of wonderful autumnal scenes this last week but this dear little face kept drawing me back!
The bountiful berries of the Cornus kousa, a flowering dogwood, make a fine banquet for the diminutive blue tits in the Autumn. It’s a feast for the eyes to watch them! There are a number of kousa trees around the grounds at RHS Wisley Gardens, but the best fruiting and most visited ones are just at the bottom of the rose garden. While other birds have to forage below the trees for fallen fruit, the blue tit appears to be the only visitor light enough to feed directly from the fruit ripening on the tree. Occasionally even these lightweights accidentally pick a berry that can’t quite support them and they tumble down through the leaves. I’m yet to catch that amusing sight on camera! My lead image really captures how adept they are at feeding from the berries, so I’m entering it into today’s ShareMondays2018 and Fotospeed challenges. I’ll keep on trying to photograph one their epic fails!