Here comes autumn again!

Red Autumn Colour, Acer foliage up close

Wham, here comes fall or autumn depending on which part of the world you find yourself in. That amazing time of year when natures’ paintbrush brush provides a cacophony of color for us to feast our eyes on, and a smorgasbord of natural delights to photograph. Where do you begin with this visual sensation going on all around you?

Warm colors, misty mornings, soft filtered sunlight. These are all things which occur naturally in autumn, providing the photographer opportunities which might not be so readily available at other times of the year. Then of course there is the natural chemical process occurring in plants, as light levels and temperatures decrease. The green pigment called chlorophyll begins to breakdown in leaves, and provides us with glorious red maples, and shimmering gold colored birch trees. All catch the eye and provide interesting and varied photo opportunities that really color pop.

Vibrant Betula pendula, yellow fall foliage

Who could resist being outdoors on golden autumn days. But what if it’s not sunny, I hear our readers in the UK utter? Don’t let the rain put you off then, even during or just after heavy rainfall, it can be good time to take photos too. Water on the leaves seems to make the colors more saturated (in a natural, as opposed to a Lightroom sort of way). Just make sure you don't get your gear too soaked if it's not well weather sealed.

Deep red Creeper Leaves fall color

Although they are undoubtedly the main attraction, it’s not just trees changing color which can be captured at this time of year. Other plants provide vibrant splashes of color to our gardens as well. The bright purple berries of the lesser known shrub Callicarpa bodinieri, is one great example. It’s not known colloquially as the Beauty Bush for nothing. But look around, many other plants are covered in photogenic berries at this time of the year too.

Purple berries of Callicarpa bodinieri, Beauty bush

When you are out and about don’t forget to look down, as the cooler wetter weather brings ideal conditions for fungus to produce fruiting bodies . You could write a whole blog on that subject alone with their myriad of shapes, sizes, colors and markings. But they do make great subjects when you are out and about.

Fall Fungi

So don’t lament the demise of summer, and lock yourself away, as the days begin to shorten. Embrace the mellowing of the year, and remember: ‘Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.’ — Stanley Horowitz

Photo credits: Imladris.

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October 15, 2020


You've summed it up very well there Mccrainemercantile. :)

October 15, 2020


Imladris - I too, find Autumn the most fascinating and rich season of the year! Colorful leaves of every shade give such depth and beauty to everyday scenes. The migratory birds, freezing overnight temperatures, the smells of fall, and wild weather also bring excitement to my area.

October 14, 2020


Thank you slow walkers, it's certainly that time of year to grab those vibrant colors!

October 13, 2020


Really enjoyed reading your article and seeing the fabulous colours in your photos.

October 12, 2020


BIG thank you Fabio!

October 12, 2020


Great advice, especially to look down! I really like the first three images, congratulations!

October 11, 2020


 Aurelielemoigne and Lilakateb48, you are both welcome, and thankyou for the kind comments too!

October 11, 2020


Thank you  very interestingand beautiful pictureslove new england 

October 11, 2020


Thank you for this interesting article and beautiful pictures.

October 09, 2020


Thanks again William for taking the time to read and comment on my article. Much appreciated. Weekend is on the way, time to get out and enjoy :)

October 09, 2020


I have to say whole-heartedly... fall is the greatest time of the year! Perhaps it is because I'm in the southeastern USA and the heat of the summer has finally broken, but I think more it is because of the beautiful warm colors as displayed in your beautiful photos. William 

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