early this morning the fields were all a little misty, as the sun came up through an opalescent mass of clouds low in the east. I took the camera out later, in the middle of the afternoon; low sun and damp air make the light soft and golden. a few plants have already reabsorbed most of their chlorophyll  pigment and are blazing colours out amongst the green.

a whitebeam already gone yellowy orange hangs over the stubble field

the cloud of pigeons took off as we appeared from under the trees. I love this field. it reflects light when it has a pale crop like barley, and this is the bleached remnant, the stubble.

what elegant curves and delicate colours – just a sycamore leaf in the road.

this hazel has already lost its leaves, maybe it has a problem

not a native tree this, a turkey oak , its strong colours and shapes glowing in the sunshine.

and more hog weed  – it’s still going strong. we have had a mild october; my japonica, a spring flowering shrub, has started flowering again.

elder does some interesting colour changes at this time of year; some of the leaves and stems lose almost all their colour, and some turn this dark red.

the winter wheat has been growing like mad; looking north across to Clip Street Farm.

dangly bunches of hornbeam seeds

bright in the sunshine

the holly trees are packed with berries; the birds will start the winter fat, at least.

beautiful colours on wild cherry suckers

and field maple – some are bright yellow, but these leaves look like becoming completely red soon.

a dog rose stem with almost fluorescent pink thorns

soft afternoon sunlight across the lane

and the last of the red admirals sunning himself. I have seen more of these butterflies this year than I remember for a long time.

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  1. Lovely pictures.The birds aren’t going to get fat in our village this winter,because they’ve cut all the roadside and field hedges back thus removing practically all the hawthorn berries etc………all for the sake of neat and tidy!!Good job many of us garden with wildlife in mind these days.

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