Friday, 30 October 2015

Autumn Alchemy

What is the first thing you think of when someone mentions 'autumn'? Berries? Hearty stews? Quite possibly it's coloured leaves adorning every tree in a display of reds, golds, and yellows. 
This year has been fantastic for autumn colour on The Oak by the Rife patch. I recently drove south from the centre of the patch and out over the Downs, and was amazed by the glowing burnished woodlands and individual field-centre oaks in the afternoon sun. 

Today however, we wake after a day and a night of rain and many gusts of wind, to a bedraggled tree-scape.  The colours have been abandoned by the sun; they seem to have lost their light, their once bright hues washed out and muddied. 
Once the rain stops falling, and molten pewter clouds disperse, once the puddles drain there will be the pleasure of piles of leaves to jump in and rustle through, but these will be brown, earthed, not alive with the alchemic magic of before. 

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