A touch of Autumn

Yesterday, was one of those blustery days with occasional showers, but when the sun appeared from behind the grey clouds, the light was perfect to capture those Autumnal colours.

Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;
Lengthen night and shorten day;
Every leaf speaks bliss to me
Fluttering from the autumn tree.
I shall smile when wreaths of snow
Blossom where the rose should grow;
I shall sing when night’s decay
Ushers in a drearier day.

By Emily Bronte

Golden light reflecting off the ferns.

Tangerine orange leaves.

When the light hit these seed heads, they glowed like little lanterns.

Unravelling seed head in black and white macro.

Even the grass looked ethereal.

Maple seeds soon to drop.

Sunlight revealing veins in the leaf.

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A walk down a country lane

Some images lend themselves to being heavily enhanced with software, like this cobweb in the sunlight.

Others, like this seed head blowing in the wind, look beautiful just as they are, the image straight from the NEF file, with no enhancements.

Some images need a little bit of modifying to enhance colours, like these seeds.

Are you a photo purist, or do you think a little bit of adjustment is necessary occasionally?

Autumn is creeping in

Over the last few days, I have noticed the leaves on some of the trees beginning to turn from green to orange. The garden is no longer in full flow and the windows are beginning to mist up early morning.

I have had a bit of a photography break over the Summer (apart from some photos taken on a trip to Europe). I love Autumn and went out with my camera for an hour this afternoon to capture some of the early changes.

Seeds blowing in the wind.
A bee moving systematically around a sunflower collecting pollen.
Blackberries ripening.
Drying thistle heads.

Miscellaneous

A walk around the local countryside and a garden.

Several fields are growing this crop of beautiful blue and purple flowers.
Hoverflies feeding on the pollen of blackberry flowers. Blackberries are already beginning to form, a sign that Autumn is not far away.
Pink flower with cow parsley.
The curious Peacock.
The last of the pink peonies.
A small meadow with cow parsley.
Barley.

Steppe Planting

Here are a few shots of the Big Sky Meadow at RHS Hyde Hall. It is a 46 acre project to convert land to a perennial meadow and I’m sure you’ll agree it looks pretty amazing.

The plants are those common to the Eurasian steppes, North American prairies and African grasslands. The UK has lost 97% of its meadows. To read more about this project, please visit

https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/hyde-hall/hyde-hall-blogs/hyde-hall/June-2016/big-sky-meadow

Blue Eryngium planum and yellow Galium verum.

When dried, the yellow flowers smell of freshly mown hay. These were once used to stuff straw mattresses. A yellow dye was also made from these flowers.

Grasses swaying in the wind. The weather was not favourable for photography – a light wind and drizzle.

Queen Anne’s lace, a member of the carrot family. Legend has it that Queen Anne of England (1655 – 1714), pricked her finger and a drop of blood landed on the white lace she was sewing.

Berkehya purpurea from South Africa is a drought tolerant plant, suited to areas with poor soils.

Red clover – in herbal medicine, this was used to treat skin disorders.

Sissinghurst Gardens & Castle – Part I

A visit to the world-famous gardens of Vita Sackville-West and a chance to experiment with manual settings and light and shade.
Vita often wrote of Sissinghurst: ‘The heavy golden sunshine enriched the old brick with a kind of patina, and made the tower cast a long shadow across the grass, like the finger of a gigantic sundial veering slowly with the sun. Everything was hushed and drowsy and silent but for the coo of the white pigeons.’
Sunshine lighting up flowers.
Irises. If only Monet had been alive to see this garden …
Chamomile flowers growing in the vegetable garden area.
Beautiful, delicate flowers.
Sunlight highlighting a flower in the shade.
Meadow flowers and grasses swaying in the wind, in the wilderness of the Orchard area.
Interesting capture of light and shadows.
Light.