Friday, 2 November 2012

Satruday morning Bike Ride

Last Saturday - a morning of frozen puddles, long shadows and many autumnal trees with backgrounds of beautiful blue skies.

 A view from the shed, the windows in the house aren't quite this dirty.

The leaf colours this year have been wonderful.

A sheep is watching. I like the tree silhouettes on the brow of the hill.

 Dry stane dykes criss cross the land.

 The first of many branches against blue.

Looking back over a long bike shadow. I had to stop several times for breath (and photos) while cycling up this hill. More exercise and less cake consumption in order methinks.

 Farm and trees.

 Little ponies and little loch.

Numerous tree and sky shots coming up now. The conditions were just perfect. As you will see, I'm heading towards the avenue, the first time I've managed to visit at this time of year on a good day...

 
 
 
 
 

 
 Another bit of bike shadow, this time over a frozen puddle. A couple of times I got off the bike and walked as the ice stretched right across the road. In general the roads were dry and clear though, as was the weather - just gorgeous!

 
 
 
Even some of the sheep are autumn coloured.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I probably only did about 10-12 miles. I got cold while stopping to take so many photos up on top of the hills and as I'd reached my objective of seeing the tree avenue I was happy to come home, my camera full of lovely autumn pictures like some kind of harvest to be savoured over the dark winter days to come.

Even the garden was looking good in the clear golden sunlight.

Rowan (I'll need to check which variety, it's late to leaf and has quite big leaves which turn a beautiful firey orange in Autumn, I planted it about 5 years ago)

A robin amongst the holly berries.

Garden view from the shed.

 View across chimney pots as I'm heading down the garden.

Garden view looking back up to the shed.

We've had quite a few windy and wet days since I took these photos and a lot of the leaves are now blown from the trees. I'm glad to have been able to capture a little of the glory of Autumn while it lasted.

14 comments:

Mereknits said...

Beautiful, beautiful pictures. What a gorgeous day you had.
Hugs,
Meredith

Cybèle de Jong said...

Beautiful photos, you were very lucky with the weather - my Sunday morning bike ride was rather wet!

rockinloubylou said...

Autumn felt very short lived this year. Thanks for sharing the photos of autumn on the hilltops for those of us too lazy to pedal up there for ourselves!

Faith said...

The trees are all so beautiful, I love the little copse of different trees and the avenue is just stunning...it's cold here, but not so that we have ice....brrrrr...makes me feel cold just thinking of you on your bike, although I do like those blue-skied crisp days.

Have a lovely weekend.

Toffeeapple said...

What glorious images, the contrast between the stark trees and deep blue sky! What a lovely day you had for it.

June said...

Stunning photos. The one with the robin sitting in the holly bush is fab.
June

Mrs. Micawber said...

Oh, it was so nice to see your trees! Our autumn colour is all gone now, or very nearly so.

I do love trees silhouetted against the sky. Those avenue photos are stunning, especially the ones that are mostly trunk with the road beneath. They put me in mind of something out of Tolkien.

Your robins are so much cuter than our American robins.

I'm glad you were able to get out there and ride, as cold as it was. (It does take some of the fun out of it.)

Gillian said...

I love this time of year, and your photos show autumn in all its colours and beauty. I agree, the leaf colours this year have been so vivid. Looks like it was cold though! x

Manni King said...

Hello, this is a good article.
Thanks.

Sue said...

What a gorgeous cycle ride, beautiful colours everywhere, really enjoyed that thanks!

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

What a glorious morning you had! It's like that here today, although like you we've far fewer leaves on the trees than there were a week ago after a truly grotty end to the week weatherwise. But we are off to let the dogs have a run on the beach while the sun shines :D

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