Like many landscape photographers, Autumn is by far my favourite time of year. My definition of Autumn is somewhat different to the "official" one: mine runs from whenever the leaves are changing colour to early December. Why is this? A simple answer is the quality of morning light. Even up to mid- December, some mornings are beautiful: cold, frosty and yet the light can actually be very "warm" (golden). This has more in common with Autumn proper. What follows is a mid Autumn ramble, just myself and my dog, Beau.
Horse Chestnut (conker) leaf
Autumn! The fruit of Spring's furious bustle and Summer rain. A time of fleeing birds, frost underfoot and carpets of fallen leaves. But, what a time. To watch the sun rise over fields that shimmer with frost, watch as it gains strength. To see low clouds of golden mist amongst the trees, over last year's flowers and turning the ice upon a delicate leaf into a drop of purest water. Take your time: over every dead flower, spiders webs are draped, coated in white. Streams of gossamer, freed from their icy weight, flutter and dance amongst blades of grass. Look closer: the indescribably beautiful patterns on scattered seed heads. Thistles, bearing dew, defy the cold. The low and the humble, like last Summer's nettles, or blades of grass, transformed by crystals of ice. Even the steely ugliness of mankind's barriers, a wire fence, made sublime by a far older master, a spider's web. See footprints upon the white grass, watch as red, gold, brown and green leaves frame themselves upon a deep blue sky, or lie in scattered profusion amongst the trees. Look closer: frost turns to dew and each vein in every leaf is clear, sharply defined. Blackbirds and thrushes haunt the hawthorns, flocks of finches flit along the hedgerows, where fruit hangs in profusion. This is not the end. Autumn is peace. And yet, Autumn's quiet glory will show again the new shoots of Spring, for without Autumn, there can be no Spring or Summer.
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