Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons #10

October already, how the years fly past these days. It doesn’t seem 11 months since I was planning and packing for my trip to Australia and New Zealand. Luckily we have been experiencing an Indian Summer here in the UK. September and October have been mostly dry so far. Misty mornings give way to bright cloudless days until mid afternoon when cloud descends again. Being sunny and unseasonably warm I am not even going to complain about the nights drawing in. For now.

The only issue is that because we haven’t had any cold periods yet a lot of the trees are still very green looking; we need a sharp cold hit to trigger the process that causes leaves to turn colour. Still, I decided that this month I’d take you back along the common where we can get a good view of the town and any colouration of the trees and shrubs from above. Hopefully next month we will see more changes.

Date: October 14 2015
Weather: sunshine and cloud
Temperature: Fresh and sunny (11°C)
Time: 12:00 – 13:15 PM

I’m not going to talk too much this month, I’ll let the pictures tell the story and those of you who have been following this series should recognise a lot of the views.

Old town view and St Laurence
Old town view and St Laurence

There are some burnished golds and copper tints and I see that the meadows have been mown and the bracken is dying down. 

trenches dug during the civil war by parliamentary troops

Coming out on to the open sward of Whitcliffe and the panoramic views over the town from here you get a good idea that autumn has indeed arrived.

Whitcliffe Common
Panoramic View of Ludlow

Leaving the woodland behind, somewhat disappointed that I didn’t find any fungi (but then it has been a dry month) I arrive at Dinham bridge and peer over the parapet to find my swans and their five cygnets have made the ‘beach’ their home. The brown water is quite low and running slowly today and the sun is starting to play its usual game of hiding behind clouds now.

Up Dinham, remember the stone cottage? Someone has been busy in the garden this summer. Bright red pyracanthus hangs over the wall up by St John’s Chapel and the trees around the castle look quite magnificent.

And finally a few autumnal flowers

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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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

61 thoughts on “Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons #10”

  1. Your header photo is beautiful Jude such rich and varied colours. What a lovely idea to have this monthly record to look back on.

    1. Yes, when I started the challenge I wondered whether I’d be able to complete the year. Looks as though I will, but it will possibly be the last year here so a lovely reminder.

        1. Yes, when I can’t blog any longer I hope I shall be able to look back through these posts and enjoy revisiting all the places I have been fortunate to visit. That’s if WP is still operating then!

        2. I think WP is here to stay, but I only hope the big guys don’t take over, ie Google or Microsoft or facebook and start changing things…

  2. I love that ‘Old town view and St Laurence’ one. So quintessentially English. And the header photo of the castle is just ‘wow’.

    And I love that you describe 11C as “fresh”. 😮

    1. I like it – “quintessentially English” – Sir John Betjeman would agree with you 🙂
      ” Ludlow….is probably the loveliest town in England with its hill of Georgian houses ascending from the river Teme to the great tower of the cross-shaped church, rising behind a classic market building.” 1943

      I’ll let you know when ‘fresh’ becomes ‘cold’ 😉

  3. Thank you for picking such a nice and sunny day for this one, Jude. We just had the first frosty nights in Norway, this entry cheered and warmed us up.:-)

  4. Beautiful views here Jude . It looks glorious there with all the Autumn below and around the castle . After the winds whipping up right now I imagine if not already they’ll be bare by the end of the weekend !

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