Seed heads in the morning sun.

Beauty in decay.

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The last of the Autumn leaves

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower – Albert Camus

I thought I would get a final few snaps of the pretty colours on the trees before the wind, rain and frost took their toll. The lovely yellows and oranges (which are masked by the green chlorophyll colour in the growing season) are now revealed as the chlorophyll breaks down. Some trees, like maples, make new pigments, giving rise to different shades of red and purple. 

Last of the Summer flowers

I had high hopes this year of taking lots of flower pictures during the Summer. Then England had the hottest Summer on record, which decimated many flower gardens. Ironically, the hedgerows were in better shape than many of the formal gardens. Here are a just a few pictures I took a few weeks after the heatwave ended.

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Cabbage white butterfly

The bane of gardeners. But, it has a cute little face, don’t you think? Lots of myths and superstitions surround white butterflies, many bringing good luck and others not. Native Americans thought they could induce hypnotic and pleasant dreams and some people believed they were angels watching over you.

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