A Sunday Afternoon Walk in Autumn
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…..
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.
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.
Although the sun was shining, as the forest trail took us higher the outlook of the beautiful Forest of Dean was quite misty.
Most of the trees were Autumn colours, but some had already lost their leaves and some were still quite green.
These seedheads looked so delicate, using Adobe Photoshop again, I added some red in colour balance, to give a nice warm tone.
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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