October crept in slowly, darkness claiming the mornings and nights again; one whole year in St Neots.
Today we found ourselves with a rare Friday off from work and decided to celebrate the occasion with a walk in the woods. The Lodge is the RSPB Headquarters and it’s situated in Sandy – one town over from SNO. We put Sandy the pug’s harness on and hopped in the car.
A heavy silence fell on the woods, weak sunlight filtered through leaves and thick fog curled around the trees, snaking off like puffs of smoke in to the cold sky. It was a serene if not slightly eerie atmosphere that Friday morning.
As we broke the silence and crunched down the pathway on a carpet of rust leaves, we pointed out lace cobwebs constructed between branches, ensnaring leaves and droplets of rain that made them sparkle in the sunshine.
Fly Agaric mushrooms peeked out from the soil, violent flashes of red against dead and decaying flora, bracket fungi hugged tree stumps; signs of the season were to be found everywhere we looked.
Inquisitive Sandy sniffed at the edges of the pathway and barrelled through the leaves. We placed her on a moss-covered stump and took her photograph – the perfect little Autumnal pug.
As the morning wore on the fog began to slowly fade, little tentacles rising and evaporating in to the sky. The sun began to shine brighter and the woods felt warmer – despite the crisp, cold air that made my fingers tingle.
As we walked I noticed the leaves were turning in full-force. Yellows, browns and oranges seen on tall oaks and chestnut trees. Reds and pastel pinks on a pretty creeping vine. Colour and life despite a season of death.
We walked for an hour; me stopping every now and then to capture photographs of the nature that so inspires me, Sandy stopping every now and then to inspect an interesting looking stump.
The Lodge is so beautiful at this time of year.
Do you have a favourite place to visit during Autumn?