Colours of early autumn

img_2056Anticipating the chaos of half term, I sat down last week and compiled an album of photographs in case I didn’t get round to writing a blog. Needless to say, I haven’t managed to fit blogging into holiday madness, so here instead are some of the highlights of early autumn in our wood. Some of the photographs are taken from my Instagram (@treesofsanctuary) and Twitter (@peaceinthewoods) posts, and some are new.

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“Strings of bryony berries add splashes of colour to the now tattered hedgerows.”
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Autumnal colours
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“Floral fungi to brighten up your Monday.”
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“A plant with two names and two faces; ‘Traveller’s Joy’ has lost it’s delicate flowers of summer and is now filling the hedgerows with the white whiskers of an ‘Old Man’s Beard’.”
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“Look what popped up this morning! It surprises me not one bit that mushrooms appear in so many illustrations of faeries. This mushroom house even has a front door!”
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“I think we have mushrooms in every colour of the rainbow in the woods at the moment.  These green ones are just so cool!”
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Autumn bracken on the woodland floor
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“It took so much will power not to jump on this puff ball before taking this photo – it was just crying out to be puffed! (I can confirm I did do some jumping later…)”
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“These fungi have that ‘Friday feeling’ – I’m sure the mushroom on the right is grinning!”
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Across the fields to the wood.
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“One little, two little, three little mushrooms…”
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Umbrella?  Parasol?
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“Long autumn lights… the peace before today’s storm.”
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Finding a home for winter
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The canopy begins to thin.
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“Prickles?!”
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“Clear autumnal evenings, cold air and wood smoke – stories unfold in the dark…”