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An amber Autumn

October 25, 2012

What a lovely time of year this is. A series of sharp frosts, slightly earlier in the season than usual, have brought out the glowing colours of autumn.

Unusually, the oak leaves have turned colour at the same time as the beeches: the mellow glow of one and the blaze of the other is making the countryside look beautiful.

Oak in late morning sun

Add larch needles turning gold and the pale yellow of birch, and the effect is a landscape of warm amber.

Very appropriately, our local festival of folk music and the great outdoors, held this week, is called Perthshire Amber: the name sums up all that there is to celebrate here.

my favourite beech

And exploring the rustle of falling leaves for the first time is our new puppy. Hurray!


It’s odd, though: many of the trees are bare as winter already. Heavy rain and wind has stripped the leaves earlier than usual. Checking my notes from last year, I see that we are at least a week ahead of ourselves: photos from early November last year look greener than my photos from last week. I suppose that is because of the exceptionally early spring. The whole year has been accelerated, and it looks like this autumn is going to be a short one. We are enjoying it while it lasts.


You might enjoy a seasonal ramble through Autumn in the woods, or a celebration of Autumn beech woods here.

18 Comments leave one →
  1. October 25, 2012 8:33 pm

    Puppy! So cute! Love the first pix with the misty hills – and the one with the stone house. Planning to post some fall scenes from Washington DC where visiting and enjoying some fall colors – in TX it’s all still green and almost 90 degrees!

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      October 25, 2012 10:56 pm

      Thanks, Philosopher Mouse. I do not envy you the heat: I’m a temperate climate girl (luckily)!

      • October 25, 2012 11:13 pm

        The older I get , the less I can deal with heat and humidity – I know you get tired of dreary winter rains, but willing to trade!

  2. October 25, 2012 9:35 pm

    Oh, what a sweetie, DB! 🙂 What have you called him or her?

    I see just what you meant in your comment on my blog about the colour of the leaves. Here we do have some gold and russet, but not on the ash which is still rather greenish. Your autumn is definitely ahead of ours as was your spring. Beautiful images.

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      October 25, 2012 10:58 pm

      She’s called Tarka: we have a fair number of otters on our river, and our other dogs have had river-related names. More adoring photos to follow over the coming months, no doubt!

  3. Jo Woolf permalink
    October 26, 2012 9:00 am

    Beautiful photos, especially the puppy! Some of our trees are leafless too, which I am sure is earlier than last year.

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      October 26, 2012 7:05 pm

      It definitely seems earlier than last year. And just to rub it in, we have had snowstorms this afternoon!

  4. October 27, 2012 9:51 am

    OOOh what a lovely little puppy! I love the name Tarka (one of my favourite stories). Is s/he a labrador?? No doubt the wee puppy has already wormed a way into your hearts. LOVE the autumn colour photos! I have some small trees in the garden so am getting a little autumn colour, but nothing of the magnificence of woodlands. OOOh crisp autumn mornings….. unlike this morning with wind, rain, sleet and snow (not settling, fortunately!).

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      October 28, 2012 8:58 pm

      Crisp autumn mornings are my favourite sort of weather and luckily, unlike last year, we are having plenty of them. Hope the young trees you planted are doing well. They must be tough to survive the Orcadian weather! 🙂
      Tarka is another working cocker spaniel. She looks as if she could be the daughter of our last one, but she has a very different character: alternatively placid and super-feisty. It will take a while for us to figure each other out! She’s brought a new lease of life to our family though and makes us smile.

  5. hmunro permalink
    October 30, 2012 8:54 pm

    Beautiful photos, DB — how wonderfully you’ve captured the autumnal light! And how wonderful, too, that you have a new puppy to accompany you on your jaunts. May Tarka bring many, many smiles for many autumns yet to come.

  6. October 31, 2012 12:18 pm

    Tarka is just perfect – a new dog to lift your heart and walk beside you . . . looking forward to as many spaniel photos and stories as you care to post.

    Here in Devon, this year’s autumnal colours are so vibrant. Must be all the rain we have had since last autumn. And each year, I try my best to embrace autumn but being a fair-weather woman, who is happiest in a Mediterranean climate, I tend to dread the approach of winter. Nothing for it but to haul in the logs, hunker down and await the coming of spring.

    • November 2, 2012 5:12 pm

      I will certainly try to oblige with dog photos, as I know that you of all people will appreciate them.
      For me, autumn is a lovely time of year. Even the hauling in of logs and hunkering down is appealing. Some kasbah-style fairy lights draped over my kitchen dresser also help to cheer me up on dark afternoons – an idea to lift your spirits, perhaps?

  7. October 31, 2012 12:37 pm

    puppypuppypuppy! Happy jig!
    So happy that the sun is shining out of your lovely blog once more. I went “otter-prowling” whilst on a dogwalk with a good friend a fortnight ago, but s/he was shy or busy. Another time I hope to spot one.

    • November 2, 2012 5:12 pm

      Hah, I love your happy jig! 😀 Thanks for your kind words, and good luck with the otter-spotting.

  8. November 4, 2012 9:21 am

    Perthshire’s Amber festival struck us, literally, in Dunkeld on Friday night. We stopped off briefly on our way north. My husband walked into one of the ‘Amber’ streamer decorations hanging from a shop sign.


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