A Sunday Afternoon Walk in Autumn

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An Autumn Walk

One of my favourite things is a walk on a Sunday afternoon with Nick. For some reason he is not keen on joining the ‘crazy woman’ with a camera in her PJ’S on an early morning jog, but he is happy to join me for a more sedated afternoon countryside walk.

Even so, he knows that ‘crazy woman’ will be there waiting to surface at any moment. If I spot something to photograph, he knows the peace and quiet of a romantic afternoon stroll will be shattered.

The intimacy of the moment, the closeness, holding hands, the occasional kiss that we enjoyed is quickly forgotten as I become completely absorbed in taking photos.

I don’t actually forget he’s there, I’m just doing my own thing for a while…..

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For a slightly different effect I worked on this photo in Adobe Photoshop.

By making the background black and white it gave the scene a ‘wintery’ feel.

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It was a perfect day to enjoy an Autumn walk, as the sun’s rays shone through the tops of the trees, the yellow, orange and browns of the leaves were almost glowing.

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Although the sun was shining, as the forest trail took us higher the outlook of the beautiful Forest of Dean was quite misty.

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Most of the trees were Autumn colours, but some had already lost their leaves and some were still quite green.

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These seedheads looked so delicate, using Adobe Photoshop again, I added some red in colour balance, to give a nice warm tone.

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Bunches of mistletoe
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Mistletoe

This tree may have lost it’s leaves, but the branches certainly aren’t bare. The branches are host to bunches of the parasite ‘Mistletoe’

Mistletoe (Viscum Album) will grow on up to 200 different species of trees, it can reduce the trees growth and in heavy infestation even kill the tree.

Mistletoe is very popular as a Christmas decoration, we always look forward to collecting some to decorate our home.

That can be quite challenging, it’s guaranteed the best bunches are always just out of reach.

I have been known to climb up on Nick’s back in fits of laughter, stretching for all I’m worth while Nick’s muttering something indecipherable….

According to ancient Christmas custom, a man and a woman who meet under a hanging of mistletoe were obliged to kiss, that custom is still popular today, especially in our house!

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shimmering Dawn 4 years ago

Beautiful! I love the seed heads... awesome pictures there.. and you playing with photo shop has yielded some great results!! Shalom!!


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

You have some awesome photos M M and what you have done in photoshop has enhanced them just lovely.

It sounds as though you have some fun collecting the mistletoe, I'm sure we would have finished up in a heap. Lol

have a wonderful day


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi shimmering Dawn, I enjoy experimenting in Photoshop, there is always something knew to learn!

Thank you for dropping by and your comments, take care MM


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Rosemay, collecting the mistletoe is so much fun, we always look forward to it!

Thank you for your lovely comments, enjoy your day, best wishes MM


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Phyllis Doyle 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Beautiful pictures and a great hub. I so enjoyed it!


Derdriu 4 years ago

Movie Master, What a comforting, enchanting, revelatory stroll we have had with you and Nick! The photos are so clear and pretty that it gives a real feel of your readers being there with you. In addition, it is so dramatically effective what you do with Adobe.

Thank you for sharing, etc.,

Derdriu


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Movie Master. What a warm, peaceful hub. You did wonders with that first photo. It is surreal; you created a pathway to fantasy. I am awestruck. You have made the English countryside look idyllic. The back of my mind is saying 'winter is approaching'.

Thanks for sharing your afternoon walk with us. Are there videos of mistletoe collecting? lol


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Cresentmoon2007 4 years ago from Caledonia, MI

I love going on walks during fall/autumn season. This is my favorite time of the year MM. I really love the photos you have here as well. Voted up.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Phyllis, thank you so much for visiting and your comments, I'm glad you enjoyed it and your comments are much appreciated, best wishes MM


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Derdriu, Thank you for joining Nick and I on our Sunday afternoon walk, we enjoyed your company!

Thank you for your comments, they mean a great deal to me, best wishes MM


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Mike, do you know how much your words always inspire me??

'Pathway to Fantasy' now there's a hub title if ever I heard one.....

These photos were taken just a couple of weeks ago, the weather mild and sunny, in just the last few days winter seems to have arrived, it's cold and raining!

There you go again... video of the mistletoe picking is a fantastic idea, I need a third person to film while I'm up on Nicks shoulders, it could be done....

I hope all is well with you and it's good to see you, take care MM


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Cresentmoon, yes it's a wonderful time of year for walks, there is so much colour and beauty to capture in a photo, I just wish the Autumn could last a bit longer, the weather has gone much colder here in the last few days.

Thank you for your comments, take care, best wishes MM


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

I very much look forward to you hub 'Pathway to Fantasy', you on Nicks shoulders while Nick is mumbling; that mental scene just cracks me up. I can just see the two of you giggling caring the throphy of mistletoe back to your home. It is such a beautiful scene.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

This is a great stroll through the countryside and I love the humor you added. Those seed heads look like baby chicks. The misletoe?...well I will just leave you two alone now.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Totally enjoyment to read and see the photos which are awesome. Vote up and beautiful my great friend.


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Hi Movie Master! I just took a stroll through the countryside via your outstanding photos. Beautiful! Voted up, up and away!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

What a delightful hub and oh how I could relate. I'm a romantic and absolutely love strolling with my hubby but when I start shooting off my camera I lose all track of time and of him. Fortunately he's my biggest supporter and cheerleader!

Did you notice that in the first photo you took, especially when you enlarged it and did it in shades of black and white, there's a heart at the end of the lovely wooded path? That is really cool!

I never knew that mistletoe was a parasite and you had me cracking up when you described how you climbed on top of Nick to get it.

Voted up across the board. I truly enjoyed this lovely Sunday afternoon walk in autumn.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I just love your hubs! The pictures are beautiful. I never thought of miseltoe being a parasite, had no idea it could kill a tree. Thank you again...


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia

Beautiful and full of memories, reminds me of my native country in the heart of Europe:)


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA

I really enjoyed the pictures of the trees. Very mesmerizing.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Up and all across from me MM:) You take absolutely beautiful pictures. I like how you did the white and black photo in the photo shop. You live in such a beautiful place. I always enjoy autumn. It is my favorite time of year. I always enjoy the colors of the mountains. A wonderful walk this was. Hope your doing just fine, happy holidays, and catch you soon.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Mike, it does conjure up a funny picture!! especially the 'trophy' of mistletoe!

Thanks for the laughs this morning:-)


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Hyphenbird, this was a perfect Autumn day - it was a little chilly and misty but the sun was shining and the trees so colourful!

It's raining here now, but we're hoping it will improve for the weekend and mistletoe picking!

Many thanks for your comments, best wishes MM


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi writer20, Many thanks for joining us and your great comments, I hope you have a wonderful day, take care and best wishes MM


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Dex, it's always great to see you, I hope all is well with you, I'm pleased to hear you have enjoyed your countryside stroll!

I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, all the best MM


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Gail, we are so alike! once I start taking photos I lose all track of time too, it's fortunate we have such wonderful, supportive and understanding husbands!

That first photo is my favourite, you're right that is a heart, I hadn't noticed that:-)

Last Christmas Cloverleaf was here for the mistletoe picking, we were all in fits of laughter, it was great fun!

Many thanks for joining us for the walk and your votes, I loved your comments, take care MM


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Ruby, the orchard next to our home is sadly neglected these days, the old apple tree branches are full of mistletoe, we see more people this time of year collecting mistletoe than we see in the summer!

Thank you for your lovely comments, have a wonderful day, best wishes MM


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Beata Stasak, thank you for visiting, I'm glad these pictures bought back some memories for you. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas, best wishes MM


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi sweetiepie, thank you for joining us on the walk, I'm glad you enjoyed it and many thanks for your comments, best wishes MM


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Ricky, we are so fortunate to live in an area of outstanding beauty in the Wye valley and just up the road we have the beautiful Forest of Dean, I just wish I had more time for more walks!!

But I envy you the mountains...

Many thanks for your comments and votes, all is well with us, I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas, best wishes MM


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DonnaCosmato 4 years ago from USA

Awesome photos; I did not know that mistletoe was parasite. I'll be checking our trees closely now for these invaders. Voted up!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Donna, yes mistletoe looks too pretty to be a parasite!

Thank you for visiting and your comments, Merry Christmas, best wishes MM


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

Beautiful photos and great hub. Voted up! Thanks for sharing.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

I can close my eyes and see Clark Gable playing 'Nick' and 'Myrna Loy' playing 'you' going after the mistletoe.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Thelma, many thanks for your wonderful comments and votes, glad you enjoyed it, take care MM


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Mike, I am trying to think a witty reply, but I can't stop laughing!


A.CreativeThinker 4 years ago

Such a calm and serene feeling from this hub MM. I enjoy your pictures and writing style here. Thanks for sharing. Voted up. :)

Regards,

Angel


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anglnwu 4 years ago

First of all, Nick must be commended for his patience--he knows his crazy woman is a rare gem. Love your pictures--they are so lovely and the picture of the sheep and pasture makes me want to move to whenever you are. Lovely, lovely....too lovely for words.


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Freya Cesare 4 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

I love the pathway pictures the most. Beautiful! Photography is never become my ability so I really respecting one who able to created beautiful pictures like these. love it!


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

Autumn is always beautiful. Thanks for writing and share with us. I love all pictures above. You make my day so colorful. Rated up and cheers...

Prasetio


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Angel, it's always good to see you, glad you enjoyed the Autumn walk, many thanks for your comments and Merry Christmas, best wishes MM


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi anginwu, we both laughed at your comments, yes fortunately Nick has the patience of a saint!

We are spoilt here for beautiful countryside, glad you enjoyed the pictures.

Take care, best wishes and see you soon, MM


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Freya, this was a new forest trail to us, I was very pleased with the pathway picture, it could have been a lovely romantic stroll, but I got preoccupied with taking photos!

Thank you for your lovely comments, best wishes MM


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Prasetio, it's always good to see you and wonderful to hear I have brightened up your day!

My best wishes to you, take care MM


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Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain

Fantastic photos. l love the wintry look from a little black and white. fabulous.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Dim, it's always good to see you, glad you enjoyed the photos!

Many thanks for your comments, take care best wishes MM


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QudsiaP1 4 years ago

Beautiful pictures.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Qudsia, thank you for visiting and your comments, best wishes MM


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

I have seen mistletoe everywhere this year. Too bad not on my land, I think it would go for a pretty penny. Would love to see all your pictures. Do you sell them anywhere? I am thinking about it, not my favorites though, lol. Photoshop is a godsend when it comes to wires, isn't it? Hate those things!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Jackie, I don't think I have ever seen so much mistletoe, it seems to be growing in abundance everywhere this year!

I am not selling my pictures anywhere yet, but hopefully I can get organised to do that this year.

Yes, good ole' Photoshop it's ideal to get rid of all the little nasties!!

Thank you so much for visiting and your comments, I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas, Happy New Year, best wishes MM


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epigramman 4 years ago

...oh my dear master of the movies .... this is such a beautiful and romantic hub and the images are just so gorgeous and your written thoughts so pure - will post this gem of a hub from a gem of a hubber to my Facebook page with a direct link back here and to wish you happy new year with continued good health and happiness and please keep taking those pictures and keep going for those walks .....

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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi epi, thank you so much for joining us on our afternoon walk and your wonderful comments that I always cherish.

A very Happy New Year to you and now I am off for a New Years Day walk!

Best wishes MM

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