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The Devon lane in early Autumn

Updated on March 28, 2015

I take my camera down the Devon lane in early Autumn

To be precise these photos were taken on a lovely sunny afternoon on October 12th and others added on November 4th, 2010. The previous night had been wet and windy so leaves had fallen from the trees. We had a very wet summer, in South West England so the Autumn colours do not promise to be spectacular this year. You get more dramatic colours when the summer has been hot and dry.Nevertheless muted colours are also attractive. I live in a very beautiful place, the Blackdown hills, that straddle the Devon/Somerst border.


gives us such pleasure

The poplars have lost most of their leaves

A walk down a country lane in Autumn

How pleasant it is to walk the country lanes at any time of the year, but when the sun is shining in Autumn it is very pleasant indeed. The sky is azure and there is a gentle breeze. The animals in the fields are at peace and the traffic is only light. These poplars are peeping over the hedge with their leaves half blown away. Summer has gone The night's are drawing in and we have the long winter evenings in doors to look forward to. Everything has its place and although we love the Summer, Winter has its joys too.

Golden glory

Glorious colour

The leaves are dying

We are watching the Autumn leaves dying but for us it is a glorious sight. So it is with an elderly person who has lived their life well. They are failing in health but there is something glorious about them. Such is the much loved Grandma or Grandad. The life they have led is still mirrored in their radiant smile and welcoming voice. Later comes the resurrection of Spring.

Spheres of pale Green

Ivy flowers

Fascinating design

These ivy flowers are amazing with parts that radiate from the centre of the flower. They look as if they inspired those massage balls you get for Christmas in a package of soap products. This plant is common on walls and this particular one is on the wall outside my flat. The walk down a Devon lane includes several house gardens which have their delights along with the wild flowers. Our part of Devon does not have great expanses of wild country; here the wild and the civilized live alongside each other.

More cultivated berries

A profusion of berries

Bountiful supply of berries this Autumn

There is an old wive's tale that lots of berries point to there being a severe winter. Others say that it just means it was a good summer for them to grow. It was certainly a wet summer so everything was kept moist. We can certainly see a plentiful supply of berries in this picture. Again they are on a garden plant on a garden wall. We have one more picture from a garden and then it's wildlife all the way.

A splash of colour

Red leaves in a garden I pass

Wild flowers

still in bloom

Himalayan Balsam

A new discovery

I've only just discovered that this is Himalayan balsam. i consulted my flower book. Previously I have found it quite difficult to photograph this plant as I did it in bright sunshine and the colour washed out of it, but I am quite pleased with this photo. It is quite a tall plant and likes to live near streams and rivers.


rose hips

Wild rose hips

A drink for babies

You can make a syrup from these rose hips. It used to be a popular drink to give to babies in the U.K. I don't know if it still is. I will have to look around the shops and see. I believe it is full of vitamin C. These hips are a reminder that Autumn gives way to Winter and we don't like that very much, but beyond Winter is Spring when the seed pods will burst and the seeds fall to the ground and begin the cycle of life again.Here is a link to Rosehip Recipes

See how plentiful

the holly berries are

Lots of holly berries

Abundantly supplied

See how this holly bush is covered in berries.The birds will have a feast this year. It is amazing how the harvest comes each year both for the wild things and with our food. Our Earth is an amazing place provided by a loving Father. For those of us in the plentiful places it's our job to help those who are without.

Water of life

Autumn sun on the water

No life without water

Without water we would be in a bad way. It is essential for all living creatures. That's why they recently had explosions on the moon to see if they could find water or signs that it had been there. In the U.K. we get an abundant supply of water so much so that we moan about the rain. We would soon find ourselves in terrible trouble if it stopped.

A quiet corner

Rest for the weary

A thoughtful person

Someone thoughtfully put this seat about halfway around this walk. I have not had to use it yet, but as the years go on I may well be thankful to take a little break. The walk is probably under two miles so I hope to enjoy it for several years yet. The walk swings out around the village and then in again and up through its centre.

A mixture

of colours and textures

Purple cranesbill, dry leaves and plantain seeds

So many different seed pods in Autumn

One of the delights of Autumn is to see the different shaped seeds and seed pods. Acorns are charming with their little green hats (if you turn them upside down.) There are pepper pot seed pods on flowers such as the red campion. The himalayan balsam has a seed pod which, when fully, dry sends its seeds leaping out at a touch from a passing human or animal. Because of this it is sometimes called Jumping Jack.


in the Autumn sun

Bracken at its Autumn best

The glowing sun has brought this bracken to maturity

The sun was not often seen this summer and yet it has done its work in bringing this bracken to maturity. The splendour of this golden show brightens the day for the passer-by. Bracken is from the fern family. It is found on every continent except Antarctica, but does not grow in desert areas. It provides good shade for bluebells but many other plants find it toxic and will not grow near it. Over the world some people eat the tender tips of the leaves but others believe it to be carcinoginous. However it makes a welcome sight in Autumn.

In sun and wind

Reeds in the sun

A wet field

This is obviously a soggy field which the rushes love. Autumn sunshine makes them look all the more splendid. I remember as children we used to love to split the rush with our thumbnail and then push out the pith within. It fascinated us how long this pith could be. I don't suppose the rush was fascinated by our attention. This field almost looks like hair blowing in the wind. One feels a knight on a white horse might suddenly appear in this field in shining armour and offer to whisk one away whether one was a damsel in distress or not.

Autumn food?


With apple

Blackberries and apple make a lovely pie or crumble. A truly well-matched combination of flavours. However beware, we are now in October and the old wives say that the devil gets into blackberries in October. No doubt there is some sensible reason for not picking blackberries in October, perhaps the birds have been at them too much and you may pick up some illness from them. These days it is not advisable to ever pick berries from the roadside as they can be affected by lead and other emissions. If between August and the end of September you can find a nice hillside away from the road, that is an ideal time and place to pick them. And if you have a freezer they freeze perfectly so then you can have them any time, but I don't think there will be any left for October.

Glorious Autumn sunshine

Sun through the trees

What a wonderful sight

The sun shines on the golden leaves and the green and the dark trunks add contrast. Trees are a delight at any time of the year. Soon there will be no leaves on these just the delicate filigree of bough and twig. Strange that we see death in such negative terms but the trees show us there is beauty even in dying.

Autumn frond and leaf

Delicate colours

Light and shade

red and gold

This tree is beginning to change colour

Fingers to the Autumn wind

A weeping tree sheds its leaves

Giving up its leaves

This tree, some sort of weeping tree, is holding its hand to the Autumn wind to give up its leaves. Inside the tree life goes on un-noticed and at a lower level. The tree sleeps till Spring when the leaves will burst out again and draw food from the sun to continue the cycle which makes the tree stronger and stronger, till the final winter strikes.

November 4th, 2010

Scene of Autumn through the gate

Blaze of colour

Pretty playground

Let me introduce you to

Wildside Experience

Richard and Alison

Richard and Alison are friends of mine who live within four miles of my original Devon Lane. These 2010 Autumn photos were taken near their house from which they run their business Wildside Experience. They love to share their knowledge of the countryside and give their customers exciting experiences of living in the natural world. To find out more go to their website here

Across the valley

Muted colours

The roadside bank

Transient Autumn

Drink in the glory of the

Autumn colours.

Saturate your mind

With this bliss.

For this dazzling blaze

Of differing hues

Will quickly pass.

One sharp frost,

Or one wet windy night

Will rob us

Of this wonderful display.

The candle flares up

Before the darkness comes.

Drink in the colour

And store it in your mind

To cheer you

In the grey days of the winter.

And then prepare for Spring's gentler splendour.

Mighty oak

Don't fence me in

Have you enjoyed this Autumn walk?

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      4 years ago

      I guess finding useful, reliable inoomratifn on the internet isn't hopeless after all.

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      4 years ago

      Yup, that'll do it. You have my apcpireation.

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      stephen downing 

      5 years ago

      Summer and Autumn were my favourite seasons when I was still in the UK, I could see the results of the work I carried out during the winter. You have some lovely photo's of your walk which bring back memories. I can't really tell from the picture, but the tree might be an Aspen. On a windy day the leaves can produce a light rattling sound.

      Enjoyed looking at the lens, I still have the winter, spring and summer ones to look at yet.

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      5 years ago

      This was a very beautiful autumn walk, thank you!

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      6 years ago

      Yes, if only every walk could be so serene. There's nothing that relieves stress like getting outdoors.

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      Leah J. Hileman 

      6 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Gorgeous photos. It was a beautiful journey, thanks.

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      6 years ago

      Beautiful photographs... I love England in the Autumn.

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      Liz Mackay 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      @Teapixie LM: Thanks for the link Teapixie. i will add it soon.

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      Tea Pixie 

      6 years ago

      This was fabulous. I had to find a recipe for the rose hip syrup - it sounds so great. Here's a link, should you wish to put it on your site:

      I love the English countryside, south western, particularly, but I have only ever been there in the early, early spring. Thank you for giving me a view down lanes I might never get to see looking like this.

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      6 years ago

      That's great! The colorful autumn is my favorite season as well.

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      6 years ago


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      6 years ago

      I most certainly did enjoy my autumn walk with you. Thank you!

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      6 years ago

      Beautiful pictures.. Got me carried away.. :)

    • Carashops profile image


      6 years ago

      Your pictures transported me to Devon. Lovely lens.

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      6 years ago

      I sure did enjoy m walk down the Devon lane with you, fall unfolds such beauty to us and your poetic insights with each scene sure does add to that beauty, its like opening a gift in layers...each one wonderful and preparing you to walk on to the next...very sweetly done with plenty of heart. I especially appreciated your thoughts on "The leaves are dying" and am thinking of my glorious Mom right now....thank you Liz!

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      6 years ago

      Wow! all pictures so beautiful. I love them.

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      darciefrench lm 

      6 years ago

      Beautiful autumn pics and I love the poem too

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      6 years ago

      Thank you for this tour though your beautiful scenery. I really enjoyed your lens. Wish you the best.

    • radhanathswamifan profile image


      6 years ago

      Loved it.. Lord's creation is awesome!:)

    • VspaBotanicals profile image


      6 years ago

      I loved this autumn walk. Great lens!

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      6 years ago

      Beautiful photos of my favorite season.

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      6 years ago

      Very much so, your photos are stunning.

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      6 years ago

      I will sleep well tonight and dream of blissful Devon on a lane across the pond. A wonderful walk with you, again and a great lens.

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      Indigo Janson 

      8 years ago from UK

      Once again a most lovely walk with you.

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      BlissNow LM 

      9 years ago

      What an original idea! Take your camera for a walk and make a lens, love it!

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      9 years ago

      Wonderful autumn walk in some lovely countryside. Angel blessed. :)

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      9 years ago

      Beautiful! Blessed!

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      Kate Loving Shenk 

      9 years ago from Lancaster PA



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      9 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      wonderful Liz - I so like seeing your world through your eyes. I remember as a child in school collecting rose hips for the company who made rose hip syrup. hugs Ann

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      9 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Wonderful walk! 5* lens and blessed by a SquidAngel


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