Autumn Colours 2016

Now that Storm Angus has removed most of the leaves from the trees around here it seems a good time to review some of the photographic opportunities provided this year by what has proven to be a lengthy, calm and dry Autumn. 

The local roads have been lovely in the sunshine but cannot be described as exactly photogenic (!) so it was important to find suitable locations to capture the beauty of this time of change. Our familiarity with several of the local National Trust properties proved to be invaluable for this.

Dudmaston near Bridgenorth is a lovely park at anytime of the year (and has provided plenty of pictures already) but really comes into its own as Autumn paints the trees with gold and the boating lake provided the necessary reflections. The boat-house can be an ideal anchor for a photograph and counterpoint the trees around it.



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Dudmaston Hall and Lake.

The Great Crested Grebes are always worth watching as one walks around the lake. Here an adult continues to feed a juvenile on a sea of gold.

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Great Crested Grebes.
Capability Brown designed Croome Park and it still exhibits his key concepts of sweeping vistas and key viewpoints to this day thanks to the care of the National Trust. On walking down a short path from the visitor centre (in a WW2 cabin) one is greeted by  classic sweeping views of The Malverns with the Orangery and 'river' in the foreground.

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Croome Park.
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The bird-life near to the 'river' can be worth a second look and this occasion was no exception with a Buzzard providing lovely close-up views against a backdrop of autumn leaves and around 30 Wigeon paling up and down the 'river'.
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A pair of Stonechats also allowed a surprisingly close approach as they hunted for insects around a veteran tree near the water's edge.
At all times, views of the Hall and Church provided a lovely backdrop while other architectural features beckoned the walker onwards just as Mr Brown had intended.


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Attingham Park close by Stratford upon Avon was the third National Trust property to be visited. The weather was more changeable on this occasion but the Hall itself and the nearby Church (which more resembles a cathedral) glowed beautifully in the week Autumnal sunshine. The deer were entertaining as well!

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AS usual, these photographs are just a selection from the ones uploaded to Flickr - just click on the photographs here and then peruse the others if interested.

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