Both the calendar, the colours, the temperature, and the shorter days tell us that summer is definitely over, and autumn has arrived.
The strawberries we feasted on this summer are finished, but the plants are still a feast for the eyes each time I walk past.
Last week we had some very nice weather, so I brought my camera along as I went for a walk.
At this time of year, we are almost sure to have frost during the night as soon as the skies are clear.
It usually melts when the sun comes out, – at least in places where there are no shadows.
I like the look of the frosty-edged leaves.
It gives each leaf a definition we do not usually see.
These are almost like bird feathers.
The grass in this roadside ditch would not normally catch my eye. But on this day the frost is about to melt when I am passing, and the sun makes everything glitter and shine.
At the top, the ice has turned to water, but further down it is still partly ice.
Looks like something is growing inside the drops, but it is just the reflection of the grass below.
The three photos above are all details picked from the photo below:
Moving the camera closer into the ditch, it reveals treasure upon treasure.
Strings of pearls everywhere.
Further along, there are more interesting plants, like this moss….
.. and a mushroom in permanent shadow, where the ice has not melted since the first frosty night.
More glittering grass….
… and frosted ferns.
Inevitably, we got some more rain, and the beauties above are almost all gone.
This week I have been admiring the birch tree outside the window by my sewing space. Each day the leaves have turned a little more yellow.
We will probably have to cut it down soon, as, when it sowed itself many years ago, it decided to grow too close to the house.
I kind of like the light filtering through the leaves, but I would not want it to come in through the windows on a stormy day.