Words and photos by Dave Barry
An abundance of autumn colours has brightened up the Scarborough area this year.
Just about everywhere you look, deciduous trees have turned yellow, brown, red and every shade in between.
Peasholm Park has been particularly resplendent, many of the rare trees in the arboretum adopting bright seasonal mantles.
Raincliffe Woods and Forge Valley were even more beautiful than usual in their technicolour autumnal foliage, during what Keats described as the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.
But winter is drawing close and powerful winds have been blowing.
So it won’t be long before the last of the copper leaves falls from the trees and icy chills leave a crisp glaze on the grass.
The Met Office predicts an uncertain winter, weather-wise.
“During December, it looks likely that the cold conditions may persist across the UK, with generally blocked and slow moving weather patterns, which brings more uncertainty than normal into the forecast”, long-range forecasters reckon.
“We are likely to see a mixture of sunshine and showers for many, with the showers turning increasingly wintry over the hills, but not exclusively. Temperatures will probably be below average through to mid-December. However, there is the chance of periods of milder, wetter and windier weather, with increased amounts of rainfall, during the middle of the month, especially in the west. This could see temperatures recover closer to the average”.