Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.
Autumn this year has been particularly lovely here in Wiltshire. The colours are a rich blend of oranges and reds, russets and gold, ambers and ochres. On a Sunday evening in mid-October, driving around our local haunts, we saw the forest and countryside start to give a preview of the golden days to come. I drive on this lovely road to Rudge quite often, as it is very close to my place of work, and on this particular Sunday, I had to stop and take a shot of the harvested fields.
I liked the muted tones of this evening light, and the building clouds only added to the interesting sky. This road is the subject of my current “12 Months of the Same Image” project on Flickr, and when the year is done, I shall take you on another journey through the seasons.
A week later, after a jaunt to Salisbury, I decided to come home across Salisbury Plain, for you never know when you might see something interesting there. It was clear that Autumn had well and truly arrived. One of my favourite copses (and there are many!) is this delightful little stand of trees near Charlton, quite perfectly known as one of the Charlton Clumps. I have taken so many photographs of it, in all weathers and seasons. I like it best when it’s stark and bare of leaves in Winter, but I was only too happy to capture it’s Autumnal outfit.
I have a short, but very beautiful commute to and from work (which you can see many shots of on my Flickr page!), and this road, which meanders through the tiny village of Chisbury, is one of my favourite routes. It’s kind of a long way round for a shortcut, but it’s usually worth the extra five minutes of driving. There is nothing arduous about “commuting”, nor about having to be at work early, when one is able to see a sunrise.
The only hard thing about a misty, golden morning like this, is not being able to just carry on driving, stopping to take photographs when something catches my eye! Or just stopping to look and be glad I live here.
This little avenue of oak trees is home to several jays. At this time of year, they are busy collecting acorns. One of these days, I’ll actually be quick enough to catch one with my camera! On this crisp morning though, the only things I captured were contrails and sun rays. I’m not complaining!
The winds this weekend will most probably denude a lot of the trees, so I am glad that yesterday was fairly bright along with the breezy, and we were able to roam and ramble in our mostly-leisurely manner around the Wiltshire countryside. I say “mostly”, because there was one brief episode of not the least bit leisurely motoring, as we hurtled along a very bumpy byway, in hopes of another sighting of the male Hen Harrier, who had just given us the most spectacular hunting display! Poor Fieldfares didn’t stand a chance against such a speedy and skilled Skydancer. He was far too fast for me to get a shot off, but my oh my, was he stunning. (If you’d like to read more about these beautiful birds, I can recommend the RSPB site!).
So no bird shots for me this week, but the trees in all their Autumn finery did not disappoint. This avenue which grows along the Chute Causeway is an echo of the ancient forest which used to cover these slopes and Downs. It’s definitely worth braving the cold Autumn wind for.
If you would like to see more of my Autumn shots, please feel free to browse my Flickr album.
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