Autumn is one of my favourite times of year, along with Spring. I like the transitional seasons.
I like to crunch through the leaves, and of course take the obligatory feet against leaves photos.
There is so much colour everywhere. I am especially entranced by the rich red tones of maple trees.
I also have a fondness for the odd shaped leaves of the gingko tree. Gingkos are absolutely amazing, they haven't changed much from prehistoric times and have some interesting medicinal properties.
I was lucky enough to spot a spindleberry tree on one of my walks. The vibrant flash of hot pink and orange looked almost unearthly against the more muted tones of the autumnal woods.
The fungi displays seem to have been particularly spectacular this year, and they have been a big feature of my autumnal experiences. As well as going to a UK Fungus day event, I went on a mushroom spotting walk in the woods, and I have been repeatedly delighted by the appearance of different fungi on a tree stump in a local park. One one occasion I could actually see the spores wafting from the bracket fungi!
Overall I didn't manage to get outside as much as I would have liked this autumn, and I haven't spent as much time in the woods as I planned. But urban nature still has its charms. I feel like I spent the time I did have to enjoy the outdoors well-I have seen lots of fungi, visited a pumpkin patch, and kicked up lots of leaves, so I have ticked most things off my mental autumn checklist.
I'm ready for a new season now, for stillness and hibernation and quietly getting ready for the new year. Winter isn't really about things dying, it's about preparing for rebirth. And that seems like a good thing right now.