Having just uploaded a large batch of photos to my Flickr portfolio, largely “autumn shots” taken over the past two or three weeks’ worth of walks, I thought I would share a mini-gallery through my blog, if only to celebrate the quite amazing colours that are there all around us at this time of the year.
I won’t rabbit on…the pictures say it all; the sheer range of vibrant colour that is to be found in our English landscape at this time of the year is really quite incredible and its all too easy to take it for granted or not notice it at all. In just one walk today, I saw dozens of the archetypal red toadstools with white spots (amanita muscaria, commonly known as the fly agaric) that many of us remember from fairy stories as well as all sorts of other interesting fungi, all easily overlooked but quite beautiful in their way. There were literally hundreds of cobwebs balanced over the sepia-coloured remnants of summer heather, like gossamer handkerchiefs laid out in the sun to dry or phantasmal footprints heading along the pathways. A deer crossing my path froze in its tracks in full sunlight, its coat gleaming copper-red, before darting off again, tail bobbing. The variegated colour of autumn ferns filled the woodland floor with all the hue and texture of a tweed jacket whilst bushes and lower branches were bejewelled with red and orange berries. With just a handful of trees starting to turn red, gold and orange, the contrast of their leaves, in full sunlight, against the the blue-black pines was quite stunning.
We are promised a “record” heat-wave, for this time of the year, this week but with my head and heart firmly in autumn mode I find I don’t want that at all – crisp walks through turning leaves, golden autumnal sunshine and, yes, the occasional rain shower (providing the excuse to warm up by the fire) are what I’m all about at this time of the year. Unseasonably hot weather seems to suggest that the gradual loss of our four very distinct seasons is underway and, along with them, all of the rich variety that we enjoy in our climate. I sincerely hope the kind of autumn I am depicting here, with all its mist, magic and colour, is still around for my grandchildren to enjoy!
To view the full gallery go to Helen White Photography.