The Last of the Leaves

This has been a truly stunning Autumn. When I think back to how much I was dreading the end of Summer and the onset of Autumn I laugh at myself because I think, if possible, I’ve enjoyed the Autumn just as much if not more than the summer. Thank you, Mother Nature, for providing such a glorious season to help me through the time that I was worrying about. The photos above are from last Wednesday when TTB and I went for a very very very muddy walk in our local woods with Lucy. You can see some of her photos here. When I was uploading the photos for this blog post I thought about putting a small paragraph with each photo and “taking” you on the walk with me but after I put them all into the blog post I couldn’t bring myself to do it. They don’t really need any captions. That’s not to say I think my photos are so technically wonderful that to add words is futile, more that I think if I try to talk about them it would just spoil them a bit.

The woods here feel magical. I don’t know whether I believe in that or not, but when you walk through them the atmosphere makes you tingle. As soon as you pass through the gates and over the cobbled stream you are in a different world. It’s at the same time completely still yet filled with movement: the rush of the water, travelling through the rocks and over the waterfalls, the sound of unseen birds and creatures and of course the rustling of the leaves in the trees. What isn’t captured in these photos is that the leaves were falling all around us like snow. There was even the same soft quietness that comes from the falling snow. You think it should be loud because it’s so busy in your vision but there is no weight to it at all and each flake or leaf tumbles rapidly through the air only to lay down on the ground silently and softly.

I remember walking through here on my birthday this year and feeling the magic of the place. I remember walking here on Boxing Day in 2010, our first year in this town (please go and have a look at those photos if only to be impressed by all the ice!). I love that I take photos of everything, that winter post already feels so very long ago and I’m a little amazed that we’ve been here for three years and have had an actual baby since then. And got a SOFA! I mean, who’d have guessed we’d have a sofa by now?

I digress.

I love that by blogging, I’m creating a record of all the beautiful seasonal things here. I have over a year’s worth of park photos now (I know you know this ha!) and it makes me happy to look at the changes that happen over the course of the year. I know I keep harping on about what a beautiful Autumn it’s been but it really has and I am happy to have documented it. My first post about the Autumn was also a walk under the castle (although not quite into the woods) and you can see there that the leaves were mostly still green. We have had a few nights of heavy rain and strong winds and the leaves are almost gone now. The photo below is from Tuesday morning (Happy 21st to my sister Alice!) when I walked to toddler group (cancelled: broken heating) and I turned my face upwards and basked in the sunlight. It was the first properly cold morning we’ve had so far and I marvelled at the fact that the sky was so blue and the trees still looked like this. In the last fortnight of November!

After more wind and rain on Tuesday and Wednesday nights the leaves really are mostly on the floor now and we have regained our “Winter” view of the hill from our kitchen window. We’ve had some frosts which do make the fallen leaves even prettier with their details accented in ice crystals.

It’s the 21st November today (just, it’s 11pm and past my bedtime) which means that TTB is 14 whole months old and that it’s also only one month to the Winter Solstice and after that the days start to lengthen again. And that’s not too bad. Let’s see what beauty Winter brings.

P.S note to self: remember this, the first time TTB went stomping in the wood and how happy he was to pick up all the leaves and stand and watch the waterfall for ages. Mesmerised.

P.P.S dear Mother Nature, when you bring the beautiful Winter, please don’t bring too much beautiful snow and ice because it does make things rather more tiresome. Thank you so much x

18 thoughts on “The Last of the Leaves

  1. what a beautiful post! You do sound awfully happy Heather, which is lovely. It’s truly been a fantastic autumn; here on the South coast yesterday, it was one of those days when the sun is shining through dark clouds, and everything stands out against the gloomy background – I saw one little tree with all the leaves hanging singly like Christmas baubles – so gorgeous!

  2. Gillian McM says:

    Thank you for these wonderful photographs, Heather, I miss the English countryside so much, but your pictures take me there and I can hear the sounds and smell the smells and it makes me happy. Your blog has enriched my life so much!

  3. Anne Marie says:

    The colours are truly lovely at this time of the year. We have Risley Moss but it’s not the same as a proper wood, although it is a wood if you know what I mean. My rowan tree had bronze leaves and yellow berries the other day, then after 2 nights of frost plus the wind and rain, I looked out of the window and saw no leaves, all on the ground.

    I’m looking forward to following your Winter walks with TTB.

  4. Claire C says:

    So lovely to see your photos of walking in the wood which is one of my favourite things to do – especially kicking through piles of leaves and hearing them scrunch under my feet. You do sound very contented at the moment, which is lovely to read, and it’s great that you can get out of the house with TTB so much at the moment, as toddlers really need that distraction! Keep enjoying the season xx

  5. Sue says:

    We still have a lot of leaves on the trees in Dorset. Yesterday the sliver birch trees looked beautiful with the sun shining and the dark cloudy sky behind them.

    I love the colours of the trees in Autumn but I am not so keen on collecting leaves off of my lawn.

    I have just looked at your winter photos. The frozen water falls are amazing. I hate the cold but even I would go for a walk to see all that ice.

  6. Anna-Marie says:

    Hi Heather, What a wonderful post and awesome photos!!! I love all the colors of your autumn!!! It’s all pictures that should be on chocolate boxes and puzzles!!! Beautiful!!!
    Have a lazy wonderfully happy weekend!!!
    Love
    AMarie

  7. Judith Hogan says:

    Beautiful photos, Heather, you make autumn look so lovely. Thanks for the reminder of the Winter Solstice, I can’t wait for the lengthening of days.

  8. Zorana says:

    Oh, what a great post! It conveys such a feeling of happiness, I can’t stop smiling. I like your little plea to Mother Nature at the end, and wholeheartedly agree – we usually have plenty of snow in Bosnia, and it turns into slush and mud and general unpleasantness so fast.

  9. Brenda says:

    Hi Heather, lovely photos, do you know I remember reading your 2010 post when you posted it, I can’t believe I have been reading here that long! That’s a good thing for me, by the way. Have a happy day xxBrenda

  10. Coral says:

    Hi, your photos are beautiful and make me want to pick up my camera and take my dog Lily out for a walk over the fields and see what I can capture. But I cant at the moment as its very overcast and dull today and I am busily making fairy chocolate houses and Christmas logs for our Advent Fair next Saturday at my church. Then perhaps when thats over I will have time to myself and Lily and the camera. Fingers crossed.

  11. Hi Heather, congratulations. Your images are breathtaking.
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