follow a path through the debris of Summer’s sun- kissed indulgences, treading scattered seeds into fertile earth as you head towards the clarity promised by Winter’s chill, and the fresh shoots of wild possibility that wait to unfurl beyond
bathe in autumnal rains until old worries and fears and concerns tumble free in swirls of green and gold and russet tones baring branches to wild skies whilst roots delve deep in search of secret truths Yesterday, I spent some time with an autumn leaf. Yes, it’s the leaf that Hex brought me.
cloaked in society’s expectations individuality lies suffocated beneath conformity’s desire to belong but Autumn clad in Spring’s garb plays an unsuited role as bright colours fade and connections dissolve until expectations lie discarded in a carpet of tumbled leaves and naked truths are bared to a frost of thoughtless jeers that melt away into morning mist in the dawning light of self-acceptance Sometimes I … More Embracing Autumn
in amongst the leaf litter all over the woodland floor are lots of little pixie homes all waiting with open doors
fallen leaves lie scattered
yesterday’s doubts discarded
insulating the seeds of hope
through winter’s long chill … More Fallen Leaves
Sometimes, no words are needed.
What better way to engage a child’s interest in nature than through the creation of a pine cone bird feeder? Watching the garden birds on something that you’ve made yourself is enjoyable no matter how old you are, and this activity is simple enough that even small children will find it easy. And a pine cone … More Make a pine cone bird feeder
Sometimes, no words are needed.
joyous laughter echoes over the lake’s expanse as small feet kick tumbled leaves into riotous disarray * lakeside memories of chill air nipping at unmuffled skin whilst safely enclosed in loving arms with ducks to feed
see reality mirrored in reflections on the water a semblance of the otherworld glimpsed through the lake’s portal with a change of perspective truth is revealed I took a walk around Hartsholme Lake yesterday. The reflections on the water were lovely.
The woodlands and hedgerows at this time of year are awash with colour as leaves turn and hips and berries ripen. Never is there a time when nature’s bounty is more evident, with fruits, nuts, seeds and fungi of all types available in abundance. So, stuff a carrier bag in your pocket, grab a pair … More Tasty things to forage this autumn
descend into the earth and find shelter within tangled mycelium warmed by a blanket of fallen leaves and dirt whilst earthworms coil amidst encapsulated dreams of sunlight’s return * sleep in peaceful slumber untouched by the Crone’s icy tears by the crystalline frosts and bitter snowfalls as she mourns her fallen consort and awaits the turning … More Enter the Underworld
the flame sways in meditative radiance * remembering days filled with laughter amidst autumnal golds and browns * breathing air thick with scents of damp earth and ripe berries and rotting plants and sugarbeet * a small hand held within age-gnarled fingers frog wellies stomping through fallen leaves * days now circled beneath the wheel gone … More Autumn Flame
seasons shift decorating the land in daubs of gold finger paints wildly applied joy articulated with a child’s exuberance whilst leaves crunch underfoot During September, the signs of autumn have become increasingly rife in the meadow and in the wooded area beside the stream. The first leaves have begun to turn, shades of golden brown … More September 2017
laughter ripples through the air in effervescent expressions of joy whilst gossamer wings shimmer
shadows retreat as hope’s golden glow illuminates the pervasive web of negativity and joy shines through I was going to post this picture as yesterday’s Wordless Wednesday, but then the words came into my head and insisted on being included, so I thought I’d save it for today instead. As most of you probably know by now, I’m currently in the … More Web of Light
don’t miss the opportunities lighting up the tree tops whilst you’re busy fearing impact with the ground
lord of wild spaces revelling in vibrant shades before frosts return I thought I’d take a little break from my NaNoWriMo writing to share a couple of photos and a haiku with you. These pictures were both taken in my sister’s garden – a fascinating area that’s full of little moss covered statues and odd … More Dionysus Smiles
Every Wednesday, all across the internet, people post a photograph with no words to explain it. Here is mine.
During October I’ve again been photographing around the local meadow, wooded area and stream, taking pictures for Cardinal Guzman’s Changing Seasons photography challenge. For those of you who don’t know, local to me is a little village in the east of England, near the border between Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire. The meadow is my favourite place in … More October 2016
It’s a few days later than I’d intended, but here’s my September post for Cardinal Guzman’s Changing Seasons photography challenge. This year I’m photographing around my favourite place – the meadow, wooded area and stream in my village on the border between Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire, England. I find the place wonderfully inspiring, and I write … More September 2016
they are the first to fall they will not be the last I had hoped to post my September Changing Season’s gallery today. Unfortunately I’m not yet done with sorting through the pictures! These shots were taken earlier on in the month so I thought I’d share them and the little poem that I wrote … More First to Fall
Wisps of Gold Emily stood beside the piled leaves, peering around the garden for any that might have escaped her notice. It had taken far longer than she’d expected to scrape the mound together, each breeze threatening to undo her work, but she’d been determined to gather every golden scrap she could find. “Well?” she called. “How’s … More Wisps of Gold
golden brown touches subtle hints of Time’s caress life’s wheel turning on
Here’s my final October edit for Robyn’s One-Four Challenge. My main aim for this month was to learn how to layer images to create a composite. I also wanted to build up to a really spooky image for the final week. I’m feeling quite happy with everything I’ve achieved but I’d love to know what everyone else thinks! This … More One-Four Challenge: October Week Four
Here’s my October week three edit for Robyn’s One-Four Challenge. I’ve been playing around with this week’s image so much that I’m really not sure what steps I took to reach the final version – but I’ll try to remember as best I can! I began with the week one edit which I opened in Camera Raw where I increased both contrast … More One-Four Challenge: October Week Three
It’s time for my October week two edit for Robyn’s One-Four Challenge. This week I wanted to focus on the spiderweb and bokeh. I also wanted to give the image a slightly a magical or spooky appearance. Hopefully I succeeded. To create this week’s version I first opened the image in Photoshop Elements 13 where I cropped … More One-Four Challenge: October Week Two
It’s now October and so time for a new image for Robyn’s One-Four Challenge. I took this image just last week when out for a walk around the village. I’ve always found graveyards fascinating places to walk around – I always wonder about the stories of the people buried there. Here’s my first edit: For this first … More One-Four Challenge: October Week One
This post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Change. Don golden garments Dance through the spiralling year Winter soon will come I love this time of year – as summer shifts into autumn, greens fading into gold. With this week’s theme I thought I’d capture that change in progress. I hope you like them.
Finale As the year draws to an end, exploding in an exuberant display of vibrant reds and golds; as the day fades towards night, bathing the world in a gentle glow, the beasts stand in line with no awareness of their fate. This is my entry into Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge. I’ve never taken part with this one … More Finale
Waiting A flare of colour on the periphery catching the eye, drawing your attention, incongruous amongst nature’s autumnal mantle. Poised, a wild bird frozen in time awaiting youthful exuberance to return it, momentarily to life. Well, I’m a few days late with this theme so I thought I’d make up for it by giving you … More Photography 101 – Pop of Colour 1
From Autumn Embrace the season’s hues, an array of mellow golds and browns, with flame like hints of brighter shades, beguiling hearts and minds with memories of summer’s lost radiance Observe the contours of nature, sweeping, stark and elegant, with myriad detail to entice and enthral, curling reminders of the spiralling year as autumn eases … More Photography 101 – The Natural World
November Rose With raindrops clinging to tips of petals withering with age, still you are enduring when others have faded, a splash of sunlight on shortening days, resisting the call of the earth. I wasn’t sure which of the two pictures I preferred here, landscape or portrait, so I decided to do as was suggested … More Photography 101 – Water
Daylight dims as the wheel turns, encroaching darkness held at bay by autumn’s vibrant expression, a flame-like conflagration painted across nature’s canvas. Seeds settle to ground, cradled amidst fallen leaves; future’s promise nurtured by yesteryear’s sacrifice. A balance of life and death. Time to reflect and remember all that passed before as earth transitions into … More Autumn