The colours of autumn

by on Oct.07, 2010, under Photography

The sun is shining and the temperature is just about perfect.  Robins seem to be in every bush, the high-pitched calls from a group of Goldcrests are a reminder that we’re well into the autumn and the flight calls of Skylarks can be heard high overhead.  The scent of windfall apples permeates the air around the patio, the final few sloes are just ripening and there, sitting in the dappled shade beneath the apple tree, is a long-predicted garden visitor.  I move away, careful not to disturb it.  In the house, I swap the 500mm lens on my camera for a much more sensible 105mm macro.  Back outside and it’s gone 🙁  A slow, systematic search through the fallen leaves and fruit and there it is, sunning itself.  Steadily stalking, I get a few images with it resting on a leaf.  Then it drops to the ground and starts feeding and, although not a classical portrait, I get the shot that I was after.  Dappled sunlight, autumnal colours…and an entertaining diversion from domestic duties 🙂

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