End of Summer?
I have a rule – always go out with a plan, a clear idea of what to photograph. Today I broke that rule and found myself visiting my favourite haunts gathering the wide landscapes and fine details signalling the end of summer.
Orchards are a big thing in Somerset and I would love to visit more this autumn.
The leaves are already beginning to turn and these oak leaves were glowing in a pool of light in Great Breach Wood.
Across Somerset straw bales are rolling up, including these in front of Windmill Hill Wood near Somerton.
I stopped off at the bottom of the slope at Hatch Hill. Poking around the blackthorn that lines the track and up into the trees hoping to see Brown Hairstreak butterflies. No such luck but this Comma looked cool backlit by the low sun.
It seems like a long time ago I was on Green Down chasing after Large Blue butterflies. Today the butterfly hunters have all gone and instead the sheep are doing some important grazing. I did have a brief look for Brown Hairstreak butterflies – but out of luck again.
Back at Hatch Hill these leaves shone in the evening light. They were hard to photograph blowing around in the wind. Behind the hill a thunderstorm was brewing. I left the hill in a hurry with the camera wrapped up in a plastic bag to keep it dry.
The next day it was more like summer again. Fabulous skies over the Mendip Hills.