09 Oct I keep falling for Autumn
Every time I experience the quality of light, the length of the shadows and the golden rays of sunshine – I remember why Autumn is my favourite month. Mellow fruitfulness, crisp sounds and smells, colours blaze up and down the Dee valley. The Supervivid setting on my Canon Ixus perfectly captures the saturated colours that I see – feels like I see the world through supervivid goggles! The contrasts of the pines, firs and spruces amongst the beech, hawthorn and rowan are feasts for all the senses – intricate cones and nuts, kaleidoscopic leaves and footstep-muffling needles. The swallows have gone but the geese are back, hopeful, reliable, purposeful. Sweet black brambles together with windfall apples from my neighbour make a comforting pie. The fields are always interesting, such hard work for the farmers, but providing so much of the magnificent and varied vista we now take for granted. On Sunday the butterflies were out everywhere, folding and unfolding their wings to celebrate the autumnal rays.