November Gold

On day 172 of 365 Days Wild I ventured out for an afternoon wander down to the meadow, woodland and pond. Unlike many of the days we’ve had recently, the sun was shining and the wind had stilled. It was a beautiful time to be out and about amongst the November golds.

With the weather being so mild, there were still a surprising number of gnats about. They looked almost fairy-like as they danced in the sunlight that shimmered through the trees.

There are lots of benches situated all around the meadow and within the little woodland. I have a tendency to move around from bench to bench as I wander, enjoying the view from one for a little while before I shift to a new position, my cup of tea or coffee in hand.

The remnants of a Hogweed seedhead beside one of the benches caught my eye as the sun caught on the fascinatingly architectural form.

As is usually the case, I spent quite a lot of my time down beside the pond. There was a bonfire somewhere on the far side of the stream and the smoke from it added an interesting haze to some of my pictures.

The reflections of the trees on the water were beautifully pristine in the still air. The space in between looked almost portal-like. In ancient celtic mythology, pools of water were said to be one of the means of entrance to the Otherworld, the realm of the deities and the dead, of everlasting youth, beauty, health, abundance and joy. I could easily believe that to be the case when the pond looked as beautifully magical as this.

That’s all for today. Have you been out and about recently?

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