Golden Acre Park Leeds (My Patch part 3)

Golden Acre Park is the next part of what I consider to be “my patch”.  Carry on following the path from Paul’s Pond and you will reach the park.  It is a really well managed park for children, adults and children, with fantastic plants and trees, a lake with plenty of wildfowl, woods and a more open area.  It is well frequented particularly with dog walkers within the woods and open areas.  You can nearly always fine a quite spot to watch the birds, of which there are plenty.


I am fascinated with trees!  So many shapes, sizes, height, width, colour, bark, patterns and leaves.  I love the different seasons, seeing the deciduous trees change with time.  I love it in the autumn when there are such gorgeous colours.  Golden, brown, red, yellow and various shades of green.

Then spring when the leaves bud and start to uncurl.  The beautiful fresh new born light green leaves that take up their own particular shape and pattern of veins underneath their surface.

In summer, the sunlight filtering through the leave paints dappled colours on the forest floor and in winter the snow coats the branches with pure white crystals.

There is a clearing in the park where some trees have been chopped down and the stumps left.  This has become a favourite area to feed the birds and squirrels and get some photos.  I have had great tits, robins and squirrels feeding out of my hand here.

The squirrels are quite tame and even though a lot of people see them as a menace, I love them, they are so funny and cute.  Although it has to be said that our native red squirrel in by far superior in the looks department.  More of that in another post.  Its a real thrill having a wild animal eat from your hand.

There are some resident jays here who also will come quite close in order to pick up monkey nuts that I bring.

I love Golden Acre!


4 responses

  1. Hi Donna – good of you to drop by! It’s warmed up a bit here now and the snow is all gone. We’ve seen the sun today!I’ve been out to see if I could get some good pics but nothing very interesting about. Having said that I just enjoy seeing the usual wildlife around anyway, but you can only have so many photos of the same thing!! LOL!

    yes I have a fantastic zoom lens. We splashed out last year and bought it – it was very expensive but worth every penny!.

    I have a Canon Eos 400d with a Canon image stabilised 100 – 400 zoom. Its an amazing lens. i don’t have a very steady hand so the stabiliser was a must for me. Using the tripod and a shutter release cable is even better if you know whereabouts you subjects going to be!!

    January 18, 2011 at 3:20 pm

  2. Hi Helen, Super pictures! I admire your interest in nature and the outdoor world. I especially like your picture of the birds in flight with the whirl of the wings. Are those Robins? We do have robins here in Tennessee, but I think that they are cousins of your birds. Have a great coming week!

    January 16, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    • Hello! Yes they are the European robins! Then there’s a jay and a tree creeper on the trunk of the tree. Its amazing how they are so well camouflaged that they just blend into the tree bark!!
      The robins are extremely territorial and will fight to the death if need be to defend their patch!

      January 18, 2011 at 3:14 pm

  3. Hi Helen, Greetings from Wisconsin! I love all your photos…great close-ups of all your birds. You must have a nice zoom lens – what type of camera do you use? I need to get a digital SLR with a zoom and start getting some good bird close-ups.

    We had some snow here last night and are expecting more on Monday. Then VERY cold temps coming in on Tuesday. Brrrrr.

    Take care,

    January 16, 2011 at 5:51 am

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