Autumn colours at Westonbirt Arboretum
Each autumn I make a pilgrimage to an arboretum in England to photograph the autumn colours. I started doing this in 2010 when visiting Winkworth arboretum with the London Flickr meetup group.
For 2017 I decided to venture further out to Westonbirt Arboretum. It’s a longer drive, but nice to see a new park with a different variety of plants. Still, it’s more spread out so you have more to explore.
I’m particularly fond of maples and sadly Westonbirt doesn’t have all that many - so this year’s photos are more muted.
Autumn colours only appear for a brief window, which is hard to balance. You want to wait for a nice sunny day, but wait too long and you miss them. They also vary quite a bit across the UK - so a more southern arboretum will likely have better colours earlier in the year than a more northern one.
I was probably a few days early for the peak of Westonbirt’s colours - but I went when the weather was glorious, which made it worthwhile.