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.

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.


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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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.

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

    1. Dull, grey and cold this weekend! But then it is late November so it is to be expected, we have done pretty well so far this year 🙂

  1. 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.

  2. 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 🙂

  3. So lovely to walk through the seasons with you Jude…you live in a beautiful place (as I’ve often said) but I hope your move comes soon… xx

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