108. Autumn Leaves

Autumn leaves

Autumn leaves

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.

Maple

Maple

Maple in Autumn - 'helicopters'

Maple in Autumn - 'helicopters'

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.

Magnolia leaves in Autumn

Magnolia leaves in Autumn

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.

Autumn leaves

Autumn leaves

Autumn leaves

Autumn leaves

Autumn leaves

Autumn leaves

Autumn leaves

Autumn leaves

Some other bloggers have been sharing their Nature Seeking recently that I want to share with you:

Today I wandered up to the Market Garden and took some shots amongst the purple sprouting broccoli that had gone to seed. The beauty of the yellow flowers was breathtaking and it was alive with our honeybees and other pollinators. The audible buzz provided a calming atmosphere, the sun was shining and I pretty much lost myself for an hour taking pictures, enjoying the worker bees doing their job.To me, there is nothing more relaxing than spending time alone in nature.
— Jen from Little Birdie

You can read and enjoy  Jen's post in full here, or click any of her 4 images above.

 

We walked on and all the worries of the past week had melted away. It is my first official half-day back to work on Monday, and most of the last week was spent going to and from meetings finalising details of my return, which was physically and mentally exhausting. Somehow though, seeing nature anticipating and adapting to the subtle changes as we move from summer to autumn puts everything into perspective. It reminds me to appreciate the moment, as, like the changing season the changes around us are generally outside of our control. Like our natural world does each year, we adapt to our external environments, and often the best way of doing this is to be still and watch the changes unfold around us.
— Rachel from The Medical Naturalist

You can read and enjoy Rachel's post here, or click any of her 6 images above.