Shades of Autumn

img_8748

Before the fallen leaves turn to mulch allow me to share why I think Autumn is more than just cinnamon spiced lattes and pumpkin pies.

Spring is often thought of as the time for new beginnings but let’s not forget that new starts can’t happen before old skin’s been shed.  Autumn is nature’s way of shaking off the old in preparation for the new.  But it’s not always easy to say goodbye to things you’ve held on to all year and so each species of flora bids farewell to their old selves when they are ready, and not a minute before.

img_8984

img_8991

img_8782

This year, thanks to climate change the mild weather, the trees have held on to their leaves a little longer than usual and so we’ve been treated to a more prolonged crisp underfoot.  But, worryingly, the warmer weather has confused the trees’ internal clock and even today, in the middle of November some old oaks are still wearing vibrant great coats when their arms ought to be empty.

Blackberry season has now all but passed so it’s time for the winter berries of hawthorn and holly to come into their own and glisten like jewels while the rosehips wither and fall back until the New Year.

img_9179

img_9188

img_9033

img_9218

img_9193

img_9032

Halloween rolls around, as always, and root vegetables take centre stage in a variety of  sweet and savoury guises.  Sunday Autumn afternoons are made for exploring outside with mittened hands and long scarves and carved pumpkins dotted here and there light paths when the sun sinks into the horizon.

img_9236

img_8720

img_8752

img_8743

img_8716

img_8722

img_8712

img_8730

img_8755

And of course, ahead of the festive season Autumn has its own show-stopping set of sparkle for Guy Fawkes’ night.  What better way to herald the season’s change than with a riot of colour across the sky?

img_8833

img_8886

img_8942

May you take advantage of all the rest that the season has to offer before the colder nights and darker days snuff out the last of this glorious light.

Until next time,

L X

5 thoughts on “Shades of Autumn

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s