St James Park, London – an autumn inspiration


My work took me to London on Thursday. One of the high points of a rather long day was a walk through St James’ Park around 8.30am. For those unfamiliar with London, St James’ is the park that Buckingham Palace looks out on to, and I think it’s one of the most spectacular of the London parks. It is beautifully tended, planted around a large lake that runs pretty much the whole length of the park. The lake has a large population of ducks, geese and swans, not forgetting a small ‘troop’ of Great White Pelican (three of which were recently gifted by the City of Prague!), which made me do a double-take!


It’s trees in the Park that do it for me, though, and they are spectacular at the moment. While the leaves are starting to tumble, most of the trees are still holding on to theirs, but with wonderful autumn shades – golds, russets, oranges, browns.

The Swamp Cypresses (Taxodium distichum), in particular (for that is what I think they are), down by the lakeside, are spectacular with a strong orangey glow. The willows too look wonderful with their long graceful limbs dipping into the water. And I don’t think I’ve ever seen quite so many squirrels there, running up and down the London Plane trees with their distinctive flakey, almost displaced-pattern trunks!

A London treasure!

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