I'm not sure that I could ever live too near to the equator, as I do love the different seasons.
I am so reassured by certain events that take place during the year, such as the first time you hear the chuckle from a Fieldfare flying overhead, indicating that autumn really has arrived. The first really hard frost of the year or that mid-winter silence - such a deafening silence - that only ever comes when deep snow lies on the ground.
The first little yellow celandine of spring and of course the Swallow and Cuckoo heralding the arrival of warmer days once more. Then the purring of a Turtle dove, along with the background buzz of bees that accompanies the sultry heat of summer.
Not only do I find the seasons reassuring, but I also feel comforted from spotting the ways that nature gets prepared for whatever its next big job is. I know, I know, I'm getting thoroughly soft in my old age!
Here are a few photos I took during last weekend.
|Fungi is such a part of that cycle of life, giving that end of year feel|
|A spider's web - hoping for just one last fly - not helped of course by the dew forming on it!|
|But so many things are already looking to next year, such as this Oil Seed Rape crop|
|And these male Hazel catkins, all ready for next spring's pollination job, even though this years leaves have not yet fallen!|
|This Wayfaring tree has not wasted any time in getting its buds ready for next year's grand opening!|