Orange leaves against a green backdrop
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Gallery: autumn scenes around the world

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,

Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun

John Keats, To Autumn

I was tempted to quote all of that poem, I love it so much. But this is a travel and photography blog, not a poetry one! Nevertheless, one more extract is apt:

Where are the songs of spring? Ay, Where are they?

Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,

In the poem Keats describes the autumn we all know and love, with lingering warm weather and bountiful harvests. But he also celebrates later autumn days, when winter seems just over the horizon. Both have their beauty.

With the Northern Hemisphere deep into the autumn season now, Denzil suggests we share images of that season for the Nature photo challenge this week. Of course our southern friends are celebrating the return of spring, but they have their autumns too. However Iโ€™m yet to experience autumn in April, so all my images this week, while taken in different parts of the world, are all of northern autumns.

Weโ€™ll start close to my home, in my often-featured local Walpole Park, before travelling further afield.  

Squirrel with conker in its mouth

Squirrel in Walpole Park, Ealing

Tree with yellow leaves, many already fallen

Autumn colour in Walpole Park

Autumn in Kew Gardens, west London

Tree with orange leaves, many already fallen

Tree trunk and orange leaves

Autumn horse chestnut in Kew Gardens

A bright autumn day in Kew Gardens

Red leaves against a blue sky

Trees with sparse orange leaves and dead bracken ground cover

Late autumn in Ruislip Woods, north west London

Bright orange tree on a lawn

Autumn at Emmetts Garden, Kent

Prickly seed pod on the ground split open to reveal chestnuts

Fallen chestnut, Emmetts Garden

[see more of these gorgeous gardens here]

Stone tower framed by tree with red and green leaves

The carillon on the University of Chicago campus, leaves just turning

Red leaf on a path

Fallen leaf, Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania

Pile of pumpkins

Market display in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Rocky cliff with yellow and green trees

On Sandia Peak near Albuquerque, New Mexico

Bright yellow trees in front of dark conifers

In the Big Horn mountains, Wyoming

Yellow trees framing a view of a lake

In Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Wooded hillside with trees in shades of yellow and green

A rainy day in Kamikochi National Park, Japan

[my feature photo was also taken here]

Yellow larch trees with misty hills behind

Another rainy day in Kamikochi National Park!

Red leaves against a blurred background

Autumn leaves by a river in Nikko, Japan


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