Sunday morning was our first properly frosty morning of Autumn 2011. Another morning when I couldn't wait to get outside with my camera to capture some seasonal delights.
I started in the garden...
...and ended up with this mosaic of frosty leaves, foggy views, sugar dusted slates, a late blooming rose, pebbles locked in a frozen pail and an icy windscreen.
Fortunately I wasn't planning on scraping said windscreen. We were going for a walk, we three, A, N & me.
Destination: nearby woodland. On the way: a jackdaw perches atop a tiny church tower.
On reaching the woods we start at the bottom, where it's cold and a little bit gloomy.
We make our way upwards along leaf strewn paths. We're glad of our wellies when required to negotiate some very muddy patches.
Before long we're at the top, bursting out into the sunshine and enjoying views of the village back down through the trees.
Another favourite avenue.
A blackbird silhoutte (as opposed to the black bird silhouettes I normally photograph, usually rooks and jackdaws)
A beautiful view over an adjacent field. The bare tree shapes are wonderful at this time of year (before they become just too familar and I long for them to be covered again with leaves)
Interesting shapes, colours and patterns.
Fallen branch, blue skies.
Lots of logs perfectly placed for sitting on.
We head back along the little avenue to reach the tree with the rope swing. When I become a little weary of supervising the rope swinging and log balancing acts I find plenty to keep myself and my camera entertained...
Then it's time to head back home for lunch.
Such a gorgeous weekend, who knew November could be so lovely. I do feel fortunate to be able to get outside and appreciate Autumn in such pleasant surroundings, and all within walking and cycling distance too.