Every year the Essex Fox Hounds holds the Hunter Trials competition, as a pleasant tailgate fundraiser for the club.
This year, First Daughter who prefers to remain anonymous on this blog and teh intertubes, swept up the awards!
Why are leaves on the ground being gathered and carted off? Aren't they supposed to turn colors, and then, after cool nights, fall on the ground sometime in October?
The leaf above is from a sunflower. It isn't turning brown because it is cold - it hasn't been! It's turning brown because evil poisonous gasses from burning gasoline and ethanol and coal, are consuming the atmosphere.
This is a branch from a venerable boxwood shrub, which has a thin layer of leaves on the outer surface, whilst the inner branches are consumed by this lichen.
The lotus in the pond was my first alert that the primary cause of decline is atmospheric, since the lotus lives in a continuous supply of water, ruling out climate change induced drought. This leaf is indicative of the earliest signs, with it's bleaching of color, and pronounced veins.
Maple leaves, and a cluster from Japanese Andromeda, clearly demonstrate the damage from atmospheric gasses. The scorching of edges, and the pockmarked stomata, are clear symptoms. CLICK on the photo and the evidence of cellular damage is obvious.