Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons #11

The penultimate month of this year-long challenge. There was a time when I thought I might not be here to finish off the year as a move was on the cards. Still is I hope, but not this year. Still I am more than happy to have had a year to record the changes here in my adopted town and gather some memories.

The trees have gone from green to orange and yellow and umbers and ambers since my last post. The copper beech I can see from my house turned red, then orange and is now a golden-coppery colour. That is the few leaves that remain. Fog and rain since the beginning of the month has had their toll, but today I went out shortly before sunset after a shower to gather in the remains of autumn.

Date: November 13 2015
Weather: sunshine and showers, chilly wind
Temperature: Cold (9°C)
Time: 3:45 – 4:45 PM

I’d hoped to catch a sunset as the sky had cleared after a heavy rainstorm. Grabbing my new lens I wrapped up warm as the temperature has finally fallen to below 10°C in the wind chill and headed up to the square where the last of the market traders were packing away.

Since it was cold and the ground wet from the recent storm I decided to just do a circuit of the castle and see what I could find, but naturally I have to show you what the pollarded limes are doing now.

Pollarded limes (linden trees)

You may notice that the Christmas lights have been hung up between the trees, but I shall try to capture them once they are turned on at the end of the month.

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Abstract bronze sculpture with green patina by Thomas Seren

Heading through the town walls and alongside the castle it was obvious that I was not going to see a stunning sunset as clouds were gathering on the horizon. Dodging the larger puddles I walked under the castle hoping to get a view of the countryside now that the trees were losing their leaves. Layers of decaying vegetation and still fluffy seed-heads of Rosebay willowherb lining the track.

and there was a hint of pink in the sky to the north.

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An arty shot over Whitcliffe

Leaves, fallen, brown and soggy now littered the pathway making it almost as slippery as black ice. The air was cold. My fingers numb by now. Time to head back to town via the Linney.

Setting sun

The Cardinal has decided to have a photo project going throughout 2015 – a blogging event, a monthly photo challenge. Find a location near your home, take somewhere between 5-20 photos and post them in a gallery in your blog. Continue to do this every month. The idea is to capture all the changes: the seasons, the weather, different times of the day, some night photography perhaps?

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Heyjude

I now live in the UK, but spent several years travelling and then living in South Africa. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

44 thoughts on “Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons #11”

  1. As always, a delight to see good old Ludlow, and the autumnal changes there. It sounds as if our weather is similar at the moment. Very cold here yesterday, had the wood-burner going last night!
    Regards as always, Pete. x

    1. Hope your wood-burner is behaving itself now Pete. We have a gas-fired one, but although it looks lovely and throws out a lot of heat, you don’t get that log-burning smell (plus it is expensive to run). Do you get your logs delivered cut to size?

      1. Yes it does seem to be working OK. (Fingers always crossed on that one) We had the logs delivered cut to size last year, and store them in a log store in the garden. We should just have enough left from that large load to see us through the winter, or else we will top-up with the bags of logs from a local merchant. Of course, by 10 pm last night, we were too hot!

        1. That is one good thing about the gas, you can turn it off when the room gets too warm! What size load of logs did you order? Trying to find out about all this ‘country living’ stuff in case we actually DO escape to the country!! I know nothing about septic tanks, OFCH and logs! And I am beginning to wonder if I really want to… 🙂

        2. I ordered a ‘half load’ of split logs, specified to fit in a wood burner, and they all do. You can buy bigger ones, and split them yourself, but that’s hard work. It cost £90 then, and varies from place to place. They only drop them onto the driveway though, so you have to carry them to where they are stored. OFCH is fine, and more reliable than gas boilers, as well as cheaper to maintain. Oil prices fluctuate madly though. We paid almost £460 for 500 litres at the end of 2011, but only £149 for the same amount last month! Always best to fill up when it’s cheap, and join a syndicate. We haven’t got a septic tank, main drainage here. x

        3. That doesn’t sound too bad. Did you have a log store or buy/build one? There isn’t one at the property we are buying, but there is a wood-burner.

        4. Thanks Pete. Very helpful. We found a place not too far from St Ives, on the downs. Been a long haul over the purchase though and still waiting for contracts. Fingers crossed this one doesn’t fall through like the last did.

  2. Absolutely beautiful flow to this post – from close up to looking down or over – and the colors were also so nice – like in that leaf one or the trail – and that artsy image of the bench – in fact – think I will have another look before signing off – have a good weekend J…

    1. Brass monkey weather today Sylvia – you’d definitely need to wrap up warm. Saying that I’d love to get out and photograph a real hoar frost, haven’t seen one for several years.

  3. Such a wonderful collection… Your Whitcliff Image stunning cloud formation..
    Wishing you a peaceful Saturday evening and Sunday.. Keep warm.. Bitter out here, and had a sprinkle of snow this morning 🙂

    1. Glad you enjoyed the visit Elaine. I shall try for some Christmas lights next month and maybe a visit to the Medieval Christmas Fayre if the weather behaves 🙂

  4. My lime trees are looking pretty with their change of colour. It sounds like winter is setting in though. Would you like me to send you some warmth? It was 35 degrees C here yesterday, but will only be 27 today.

  5. It was really chilly here yesterday, I’m trying to tell myself its as it should be 😦
    Ludlow and surrounds is such a pretty place, your camera shows an idyllic place to live.

  6. You certainly captured the feel of an autumn day – from the last hurrah of colours to the graying sky. There’s an unlaying sadness in autumn as it fades.

    I had to look up Rosebay willowherb and now I know what that ‘purple stuff’ is that I see in the summer. I think this is my favourite photo. You did a great job of capturing that full-blown texture of a field in autumn!

    1. It is always sad to see the last of those vibrant colours disappear, but we did get to have a good autumn this year. Very cold now. I am loathe to leave the house! It has been good to record the year so systematically though as I am now much more aware of the changes of the seasons.

      1. I agree that this challenge has made the year very interesting. I too have been noticing the changes more and I think I’m more in awe with nature than I ever was 🙂

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