Autumn Treats

Walking out into the woods I found Autumn had cast her golden spell across the land. Everything green was now dipped in shimmering coppers and bronze, and the long low shadows drew lines across the earth. The light was magical and edged with soft rising mist. The glory of change and the ever turning earth was lit with wild abandon all around.

Nothing lasts forever, not even this years long lingering summer, and change sweeps in fresh new beauty and unimagined colours. Do you delight in the turning seasons and their unique colours, or do you like many see Autumn purely as a dreaded sign of the coming winter? See if you can let go of your imagined tales of winter woe, and glory instead in the treat of autumns wildly beautiful palette in the here and now. Don’t get swept up in the dread of leaf clearing, instead plough into those piles of wonderful crisp leaves and kick around. Let your inner child guide you into the joy of Autumn and the glory of change, and leave the adult worries behind for a little while. 

Autumn is a delicious treat to be savoured if you can. A glorious riot of colour and wild change. A time of release and transition, and a time of boots and gloves and coats, and candles in the evening. A move away from the bright warm light of summer into something quieter and more peaceful. Can you enjoy the change?

About greenmackenzie

Hi, I'm Seonaid, and I share my home on the shores of Loch Ness deep in the Scottish Highlands with my husband, my son and a couple of dogs. I love art which is here now and gone food and nature...but also have a passion for vintage and the ancient past! Nature is my favourite muse, with her wild ever shifting seasons. I have been using and teaching mindfulness and relaxation for over 12 years, and have yet to become any sort of expert :-) I'm a Psychotherapist and Cancer Support Specialist in Maggies Highlands
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38 Responses to Autumn Treats

  1. Hello Seonaid: I love your pictures of the old gentlemen of the wood, and their autumn garb. In answer to your question I guess I find something new in every season, and so I look forward to winter now. The ballet of the snowflakes, the orchestrations of the wind, open fires and open arms – all those things. Happy Winter!

    • I love each season as it comes round too, and Autumn is lingering a while this year. Lots of trees still with leaves despite the gale force storms last night! Life is all about change and somehow I feel the changing seasons help me remember this๐Ÿ˜Š

  2. Mazigrace says:

    Beautiful colors. We only get yellow, green, sometimes oranges in N. AZ and I so appreciate the color that we get to experience here. Thanks for sharing your view of your world.

  3. It’s a riotous, glorious time here too, but oddly, it always feels like an in-between season of change rather than a full season of its own.

  4. Tina Schell says:

    How beautiful Seonaid – I so miss autumn living here in the southern US. Of course, i do NOT miss the winter that follows! Thanks for sharing this glorious place!

  5. That opening image. Just wow. Autumn, despite some sad personal connotations, is a favourite time of year for me. The beautiful muted but vibrant colour palette, as you have demonstrated, is incredibly photogenic.

    • Like you Kellie, I have some sad memories tied up with Autumn, but this year the light and the colour worked their magic and pulled me into the here and now, away from darker sadder thoughts of the past. Standing under a tree of tumbling leaves in a warm breeze surely has to be the cure for most things๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿโœจ

  6. Leya says:

    Love these – crispy days, rustling leaves and blue sky. I’m afraid we only had one single day of that this year, where I live. I enjoy your photos instead – and the girls of course! I used to love autumn, but not any more. Maybe now, when I have taken a year off? Maybe that feeling will come back again. Candle light and cosiness too. Have a great weekend all of you.

  7. Robin says:

    Your images are so rich and gorgeous. That last tree is amazing. Looks like it has been around for a long time. Autumn is one of my favorite seasons, and yes, I do enjoy the change. I think each season has beauty and magic (even when I’m grumping about summer’s heat…lol!).

  8. poppytump says:

    Crisp leaves to kick and rustle through golden light … it feels like days since the sun shone here Seonaid . It seems to make a teasing fleeting appearance before it drops below the horizon … I do still love the change though ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Such lovely carefree photos !

    • Poppy, without the sun autumn is definitely a little less glorious, and today we are swathed in mist and cloud up here….but like you I still love the feel of the change creeping across the land

  9. Beautiful autumn images, Seonaid. I’m almost jealous of your colder weather, and i really enjoyed seeing your “shimmering” shades of autumn. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Yes, it has been a lovely, long summer and autumn. Just now, he last of the color is beginning to fade. Soon even the oaks will loose most of their leaves. Great photos!

    • Thanks Michael, and yes even our oaks are turning copper brown now. It’s the light shining through the yellow, orange and red leaves which always makes my heart skip a beat….such glory๐Ÿ’•

  11. Really miss Autumnโ€™s color. Here the leaves go from green to dead, even having a heat wave this week (high eighties Fahrenheit). Thanks for the lovely pictures, Seonaid.

  12. restlessjo says:

    I’ve been kicking those leaves with abandon, Seonaid, and hasn’t it been glorious? ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m trying to ignore the damp grey sky over my shoulder and your post has helped. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a happy week!

    • That’s great to hear Jo, don’t be looking over that shoulder๐Ÿ˜‰Today the must has dropped and we’re swirling in a different Autumn feeling up here๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚

  13. Lucid Gypsy says:

    An autumn day with crisp leaves and spectacular trees like this is wonderful, and I do try to keep the winter dread away!

  14. Trini Lind says:

    Ooooh, this is so so lovely!!! ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

  15. gwynnrogers says:

    Oh Seonaid, your area is so spectacular. We have the changing colors you do, but I don’t have a lovely leafy play-field for kicking leaves. I do have a few escape leaves that land on my boardwalk that trails along the water’s edge. I love to kick at the leaves like a little kid… then I look over my shoulder hoping that no one saw me! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I love the beauty of each season, but I’m especially in love with Spring and Autumn as I love the robust colors. Plus, Spring and Autumn carry crisp breezes across the water thrilling the seagull and me.

    Your pictures have such artistry. It is like you spread a colorful, feathery nest for your pure joy. Thank you for sharing.

    • Thank you Gwynn, I am very lucky living where I do, as the seasons have a lovely landscape to play out their dramas and their beautiful palettes on. Up until today it has been crisp and dry, perfect weather for leaf kicking, but last night the Autumn mists fell, and today everything is shrouded in a mysterious damp cloak, and the leaves are now rather soggy!
      I do love the sound of your Autumn treats too though, especially those crisp sea breezes, and like you I’m in love with the dramatic colour bursts of Spring and Autumn, such beautiful times of transition๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜Š

  16. Angie says:

    I love autumn. It’s my favorite season. It prepares us beautifully for the cold and dark nights.

    • Beautifully said Angie, I’m always ready for the change of pace when it comes around. We haven’t had to light a fire yet this year as its been so mild, but very soon we will, and that’s such a treat too๐Ÿ’•

  17. Oh yes, for me it’s a treat indeed ๐Ÿ™‚ I love kicking up the freshly fallen leaves when I walk out to the car! I expect my neighbours give me funny looks but right then, my inner child is just enjoying the simple pleasure of it ๐Ÿ™‚ Love the first shot of your dogs walking in a line from the sunny spot back into the shadow!

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