I visited my grandparents this afternoon for lunch and a good catch-up. Since the weather was so nice, we decided to go for a little walk. Apparently, today is going to be the last warm day before autumn really takes hold and the cold weather kicks in. I’m a little bit sad to see summer go, but at the same time I’m really looking forward to autumn and winter.
Halloween, bonfire night, fireworks, auburn leaves and knitted clothing that then gives way to snow, festive songs and a feeling of anticipation. I love it all!
We decided to take a route that took us out of the village and up over the fields, before circling back around on a small country lane. We thought the views would be particularly stunning on a day like this, especially with the leaves starting to change. It’s not a long walk, but it was nice to get out into the fresh air and enjoy being in nature.
There were a few cows in the first field we walked through, and they seemed to move across the field with us. At one point they started getting a little bit too close for comfort and we had to quickly climb over a wall to stay a safe distance away. I’m not going to lie, my heart felt like it was in my throat as I clambered over the wall and I could hear them getting closer and closer behind me!
Once we were over the wall, they still followed along until we were out of sight. We could still hear them mooing!
Once we were out of the field, we were back onto a small country road. It was nice to not have to watch your step for cow pats! The odd car drove past us but other than that it was really quiet. We could hear birds singing and the river flowing in the distance; it was really peaceful and we both commented on how lovely it was to be in nature. We’re really lucky to have areas like these on our doorstep!
The country lane was lined with wild plants and flowers, which meant that there was plenty of wildlife around to photograph! I tried to photograph a ladybird a few days ago when I was walking along the canal, but the angle just didn’t work, so it was really nice to finally get this shot!
He looks so shiny, like a little jewel sat on a leaf!
This is another insect that I’ve been trying to get a good photograph of for ages! During the summer, I was always trying to get a good butterfly photo, but I could never quite manage it. They were either too fast, or they would land but simply refuse to open their wings unless it was facing away from me.
This one seemed to almost know that I was looking for this shot, and even though it had been flitting from flower to flower, it suddenly stopped on this one for about two minutes. At one point it flew towards me, brushed my cheek and then landed again on the flower in front of me. It was very photogenic, those colours are beautiful!
Even though autumn is here, there were still a lot of beautiful flowers around in flower patches and gardens. This was one of my favourites because I really like the colours. I’ve always loved pastel colours, but pastel pink is up there as one of my favourites! Although I am going through a bit of a mustard-yellow phase at the moment!
It wouldn’t be a complete blog post without a bee picture! Soon they won’t be around anymore, and I’m not sure what I’ll photograph instead of them! This little guy landed on the flower behind where the butterfly was, so I took the opportunity to snap a quick photo! The butterfly actually moved to this flower next and scared the bee off!
I always include photos that I’m not 100% happy with, just to get some opinions. I do like this photo because of the vivid colours and patterns on the spider’s body. I also like how the background is full of berries and that creates a really nice backdrop. But something about this photo just doesn’t seem to work, and I can’t put my finger on exactly what it is!
I also tried a few different angles. I was on the floor at one point trying to get a photo from directly underneath the web, so I could get his face and eyes instead of his body. But for some reason I couldn’t get that to look very good either. Maybe today was just not the day for good spider photos! Let me know what you think of this one in the comments!
At the end of the country lane, we passed some allotments. They were filled with beautiful flowers of all different colours, but that wasn’t my favourite part. I was instantly drawn to these funny little scarecrows. They weren’t very big, but they looked adorable! They even had one at the entrance to the allotment; it held a sign that read “trespassers will be composted!” and we both found it very funny.
We both had a really lovely afternoon, even if it was just a quick walk and we almost had a run-in with a herd of curious cows!
Recently I’ve been making a big effort to get out and about and exploring new places. Not only is it nice to explore and get some fresh air, but it really helps with any anxious feelings and it instantly lifts my mood.
Thank you for reading, I really hope you enjoyed this blog post! Let me know which photo you like the best in the comments!
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This is what happens when you’re trying to pose for a nice photo but the wind just won’t let up!