Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Autumn's Splendour

If you have been a follower of WFVM for some time you already know that I love the fine Beech woodland that grows tall and stately along the steep sides of the Cotswold escarpment just below where I live. 

I do miss travelling, and all the excitement it affords of new sights and places to explore, but this familiar little haven of nature always makes for a delightful visit. Whether it is Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter, this area of woodland offers peace of mind and helps to put the world's problems in perspective.

Newly unfurling beech leaves in the Spring are a rich luminous shade of chartreuse which have a fluffy downy edging to them.

An oasis of calm and tranquility on a hot Summer's day.

Currently the woodland is decked out in Autumn's golden splendour. Shuffling through the fallen leaves recalls memories of childhood days.
But during winter it's the trees elegant silhouettes with their lofty trunks and branches that hold centre stage.







Another place of refuge is our garden, and at the moment the trees are showing a riot of colourful leaves which resemble fiery beacons in the bright Autumn sunlight. 









Autumn is a second Spring when every leaf is a flower
Albert Camus

43 comments:

  1. Autumn is always wonderful with colours.

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  2. Dearest Rosemary,
    Yes, beech woods are indeed very lovely and they are also the only tree that is holding on to its leaves the longest.
    Lovely photos, all the way.
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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    1. Dear Mariette - Beech trees absolutely love living on our oolitic limestone, and thrive here for mile after mile all along the many sides of our Cotswold escarpments. They are a joy to see throughout the year but especially during this Autumn season.

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  3. We also have three months of autumn in Australia of course. But your golds are richer and your reds are stunning. Our autumn colours look like winter only a bit more shrivelled.

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    1. Each of our four seasons is definitely very distinctive, but we do suffer from more diverse weather i.e plenty of rain along with lots of chilly days. It is no wonder that we look forward to summer days.

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  4. Dear Rosemary,
    Every one of your photographs is spectacular. Shuffling through colorful autumn leaves is one of my favorite pastimes. I'll pretend that I'm in your beech woods.

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    1. Dear Gina - what a lovely treat it would be if you were able to join me.

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  5. Great photos of the beechwood. It's lashing down out there at the moment - not too much autumn splendor there.

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    1. It's just the same here today John, we have even had a few buckets full of hail included in the heavy rain.

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  6. Beautiful photos, as always! Thanks!

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    1. Thank you too Debra for your generous comment.

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  7. Such gorgeous photos! The beech wood is new for me, it looks magical in all seasons. Lucky you!

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    1. Many of the Cotswold escarpments have beech woods straddling along them which are particularly tall and stately. They appear to flourish very well on our oolitic limestone as they are several centuries old.

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  8. The Beech Wood is beautiful in all seasons, what a delight it must be to walk there. Lovely photos of your garden foliage, too - autumn is such a magnificent season.

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    1. I want to hang on to all of the colour for as long as possible - I hope the windy weather stays away.

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  9. The colours are fantastic this year, very vivid, and as long as I have woods to wander in I'm happy. Mature beech woods are really special as they do feel like natural cathedrals when walking under them with a full canopy of leaves above, providing shelter from wind and rain. Maybe our ancestors thought 'Hey, I can replicate this as a great hall.' so they may well have inspired that. Just a thought.

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    1. Comparing a beech wood to a natural natural cathedral is a perfect description Bob - thank you.

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  10. I particularly like beech woods in autumn.

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  11. Wonderful scene is that 3rd photo Rosemary.
    4th from the bottom is beautiful colour.
    Hope your wrist is much improved.

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    1. Thank you Margaret - the wrist is now almost back to normal - just a slight amount of discomfort remains.

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  12. Nature in its beautiful is indeed a solace for the soul. The woodland is gorgeous, in any season but Autumn is my favourite. The Winter wonderland is beautiful too. The colours of the leaves in your garden are astonishing to my eyes, it must feel like being in a paint box, in a very special way :)

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    1. Autumn is lovely this year - having so much colour at the moment is a real tonic.

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  13. I have never seen that Camus quote before. Thank you.

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  14. I like the quote by Albert Camus. Seems the trees are beautiful no matter what the season, but Spring and a Fall certainly take center stage.

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    1. I do agree with you about Spring and Autumn.

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  15. Oh I so much want to come home and walk through a wood with beech trees (never see beech here), just like your third gorgeous photo Rosemary.
    I'm having serious pangs of home sickness currently - this always happens in Autumn around my birthday - it's when I most miss Devon and wonder to myself 'what the heck was I thinking' when I left so long ago!
    Enjoy the weekend - here we have not only Halloween tomorrow, which won't be anything like the usual, but also rumors of more unruly behavior in downtown tonight - hopefully no more rioting and looting please!!!
    Life is becoming truly awful.

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    1. Dear Mary - please don't feel homesick, I am sure that you are feeling like this because of the dreadful situation we are all enduring at the moment, but things will get better, slowly, but get better they must.
      I am sending lots of love to you from this side of the pond.

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  16. Your photos are absolutely beautiful and they remind me that each season has it's merits. Walking in woodland lifts the spirits greatly - very much needed in these disturbing times.

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    1. I feel so grateful that I live in a spot where I can enjoy so many different countryside moments, but in particular my favourite area of woodland.

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  17. I have always appreciated nature but these days I really love it and marvel at it. How wonderful your beech wood looks! thank you for the lovely pictures.

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    1. Thank you too Jenny for your very kind comment.

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  18. I do love to see beech trees at your post, Rosemary. The photo of each season is so fabulous that I can’t decide which is my favorite. I think my Chinese Tallow trees or Japanese Maples would be equivalent to your Beeches. Autumn splendor will be one month away here.

    Yoko

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    1. We have had quite a strong wind blowing today which has sent many of our leaves tumbling to the ground.

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  19. Gorgeous photos of nature's splendor , a true healer.

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