Life was feeling busy & a break from the norm was required so a trip somewhere with my camera was needed, having family membership to the National Trust is great as that somewhere is usually a National Trust property. Nature & the great outdoors is a perfect way to escape, plus Autumn is a wonderful season and one I really look forward to
Leaves are starting to change their hue from green, to yellow and red before dropping to the ground, there they lay waiting curled up anticipating the arrival of your footsteps to crunch through them and whisk you back to childhood memories.
Stags are starting to think about the rutting season, Squirrels are busy collecting Sweet Chestnuts, Acorns, Conkers and other nuts for their Winter stores, Robins are busy singing making me feel very Autumnal & the nights are drawing in. The change of season is definitely starting to appear all around.
I hope you enjoy these photos, they were all shot on a gorgeous bright sunny day at National Trust Calke Abbey, a property I am very fond of and love to be a volunteer photographer at. This visit was going to be just a walk around the ponds, see the Deer and return home, however the weather was so fabulous that I spent all day wandering and venturing around the park and magnicicent gardens.
I came over all Alice in Wonderlandy at the discovery of a tunnel with pathway through Hawthorn bushes, I think the male Pheasant wandering past thought he was the white rabbit!?
One of my favourite trees on the estate is this Lime Tree, it has an amazing arched branch that comes from the parent tree which has grown touched the ground and rooted, the arch will eventfully die back and a new separate tree is born…magical and amazing nature
Even the Sheep were enjoying the warm sunshine on their thick woolly fleeces
Berries, Nuts & Fungi – what signs of Autumn have you spotted?
Sunlight filters through the Chestnut Trees illuminating the leaves that have fallen, giving off a really tranquil feeling, I sat for quick sometime just breathing in the atmosphere and watching Squirrels collecting and storing nuts. They were far to busy to stop for a photograph which was a shame as some of the Sweet Chestnut shells seemed to be out of proportion for the Squirrels to easily carry, almost making them topple over.
In the walled garden a Comma Butterfly seems to enjoy soaking up the sun & drinking nectar from Rudbeckia flowers
Down by the pond the Bullrushes on the waters edge looked rich, chocolaty, velvety and soft
The pond reflections were stunning, I’m very much looking forward to returning to get these shots when the leaves are not quite so green!