November 2016

During November, despite spending the majority of my time working on my NaNoWriMo novel, I still managed a few walks down the the wooded area, stream and meadow to take some photographs for Cardinal Guzman’s Changing Seasons monthly photo challenge.

Don’t forget to click on the galleries for better views of the pictures.

Come on in.


Walk through the trees of the little wooded area. Here, fallen leaves crunch underfoot, whilst light filters through branches adorned in gold. Follow the path beside the meadow…

…until you reach the stream. Take care at the water’s edge, where leaves create a false surface, tempting you to step closer.

If you look carefully as you wander beside the stream, you can spot lots of toadstools still growing amidst the leaf litter. Lying on frosty ground in the early hours of the day to take photographs is no fun, but the results are generally worth it. 🙂

Step out from beneath the shelter of the trees and into the open space of the meadow. The ground is speckled with leaves, fallen from the surrounding trees. If you’re early, the ground might still be frosted white, or the view may be hazed by mist. Perhaps take a seat on a bench for a while, and watch the sun warm the chill earth.

As you walk, be mindful of the minutiae of nature’s shift from autumn into winter. Crisp leaves and fallen seeds, some frosted with delicate ice crystals or lit by golden light, can be found wherever you look. The last few berries speckle the hedgerows, their colour fading in mottled patterns, shining as if gilded in celebration of the changing season. Spiderwebs drape over branches, strung with dewdrops that glint like fairy lights.

If you’re lucky you might catch a glimpse of the wildlife that flourishes in the wild spaces. Birds flit from branch to branch, their voices raised in song, the motion of their wings carrying them rapidly out of sight. Squirrels scurry, collecting nuts for their winter stores.


Yes, the only one I managed to photograph during my walks was a lone squirrel – and he was too far away for me to get a good shot!

I hope you enjoyed the virtual walk. I’d love to know which sights caught your eye – did you have a favourite view?

You can see the previous month’s galleries here:




29 thoughts on “November 2016

  1. Louise – All your photographs are stunning…the fairy light web is especially enchanting. The squirrel with a mouthful is delightful. I thought that red toadstools only existed in storybooks for fairies to sit upon. Silly Me. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Jeanne. I’m really glad you liked them. Finding a red toadstool (Amanita Muscaria) is always a triumphant moment. I see lots of other ones, but Amanita are much rarer. 🙂


  2. I love all of your Changing Seasons photos. You really capture the light in different seasons. I love the sunset and the clouds in some seasons. You do have a wonderful gallery here.


    1. Thank you very much for commenting, and sorry for the delay in replying – I just found this in my spam folder! I’m glad you like the pictures. I can happily spend hours out and about taking them. Being in a very flat area of the country we get some very impressive sky-scapes! Thanks again. 🙂

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  3. I can only agree – stunning photographs, Louise. Love the frosty ones, it makes everything beautiful, doesn’t it? And fly agaric fungus too – watch out for the fairies 🙂

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