“Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love – that makes life and nature harmonise.
The birds are consulting about their migrations, the trees are putting on the hectic or the pallid hues of decay, and begin to strew the ground, that one’s very footsteps may not disturb the repose of earth and air, while they give us a scent that is a perfect anodyne to the restless spirit.
Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”
[George Eliot – Letter to Miss Lewis, Oct. 1, 1841]”
I love the change of seasons and when summer slides reluctantly into autumn is my favourite. The air takes on a distinct chill. The days still have a warmth to them but the nights are getting cold. Minds turn to open fires, steaming bowls of cassoulet and big glasses of red wine. Wooly jumpers, soft cashmere scarves, and gumboots. Country walks and farm visits. Nature responds to the cooler nights and shorter days and red and yellow leaves drop from their tree branches at the mere hint of a breeze, covering the ground below with a blanket of ruby and gold.
Yesterday we headed up to the NSW Southern Highlands to visit some open gardens and take in the beautiful autumn colour. Both gardens we visited were set on farms over acres of land, so we were surrounded by large sweeping vistas. But I find the detail more interesting. Golden leaves on a green lawn that crunch beneath your feet. The fire of a Japanese maple against an overcast sky. Discarded leaves floating on top of a reedy pond. Reflections of autumn in a lake. Oh, and don’t forget the beautiful and majestic bull in the paddock. He deserves a photo too. Even though he has nothing to do with autumn.
Autumn Leaves – Fuji X100
iPhone / Instagram
Who’s a Pretty Boy Then?
What you can’t see in this photo is the electric fence that sits between me and him! (Fuji X100)
What: Autumn in the NSW Southern Highlands (about an hours drive south-west from Sydney)
When: April 22nd 2017
Why: Because the colour of autumn is so striking and ideal to practice your colour photography.
Camera: Fuji X100 and iPhone
Tip: While large sweeping vistas of trees changing colour are enticing don’t forget to look around you. Seek out the detail and create little vignettes of autumn.