Under the canopy

Under the canopy

 
 QE Forest is largely made up of beech trees which are now starting to change colour in a big way. Under the canopy there is still a lot of green but where the sun shines the colours are fantastic. 
The science behind this effect involves the process of photosynthesis where the trees convert carbon dioxide, sunlight and water in to glucose. The glucose, the inevitable waste products, more sunlight together with cold nights all then conspire to  produce the oranges and yellows that we love to see at this time of year.
 
QE Forest

QE Forest

 
 The spectacle will hopefully last for another week along with the un-seasonal warm weather.
One of the benefits of the warmth and lack of frosts at night has been the continued presence of  butterflies particularly the Red Admirals and Commas. These can be found feeding on rotten fruit, crab apples and wild pears, around the forest. 
    

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

 
  
Comma

Comma

 
 
 
 
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