Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sunJohn 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 I’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.
We’ll start close to my home, in my often-featured local Walpole Park, before travelling further afield.
Squirrel in Walpole Park, Ealing
Autumn colour in Walpole Park
Autumn in Kew Gardens, west London
Autumn horse chestnut in Kew Gardens
A bright autumn day in Kew Gardens
Late autumn in Ruislip Woods, north west London
Autumn at Emmetts Garden, Kent
Fallen chestnut, Emmetts Garden
[see more of these gorgeous gardens here]
The carillon on the University of Chicago campus, leaves just turning
Fallen leaf, Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania
Market display in Santa Fe, New Mexico
On Sandia Peak near Albuquerque, New Mexico
In the Big Horn mountains, Wyoming
In Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
A rainy day in Kamikochi National Park, Japan
[my feature photo was also taken here]
Another rainy day in Kamikochi National Park!
Autumn leaves by a river in Nikko, Japan