I've been enjoying the pre-Autumn beginning of the leaves changing colour this past week. A solemn week in the area that I live in, a 47 year old mother of five was found stabbed to death in a field in local Beaulieu, where she tends to her horses. News such as this rocks small communities, the killer has not been found as of yet and my shaken my nature seeking desire has been dampened by a niggling sense of worry.
As I strolled round Exbury Gardens, enjoying some local and public nature, I saw this Maple and it's 'helicopters' that transported me back to my own childhood momentarily. One minute I was stood with my camera, a 39 year old woman and the next I was stood in my primary school hall singing the words to 'Autumn Days when the grass is jeweled' from the overhead projector screen, my 10 year old self. I love moments like that.
I've no sage advice for keeping safe in the New Forest when out walking other than telling someone where you are going. Mobile phone signal is often non-existent, walks can be frequented by many - or by none and as tragic as events like this recent murder are, they are seldom heard of. There's bound to be some statistic about just how unlikely it is to happen again, like the stats people reel off after a plane has crashed. But for now all I know is that the killer hasn't been found and I don't feel ready to go out walking on seldom treaded footpaths just yet.
So for now, I shall enjoy very public walks in nature and continue to share the stunning colours of nature as September rolls on.
Some other bloggers have been sharing their Nature Seeking recently that I want to share with you:
You can read and enjoy Jen's post in full here, or click any of her 4 images above.
You can read and enjoy Rachel's post here, or click any of her 6 images above.