Autumn 2015 – Walking the Quiet Paths Together

There is a quiet sense of serenity to an early autumn morning; the shades of brown, copper, gold and yellow that mantle the trees are vibrant and dazzling.

A chill springs up as rain passes, autumn gets deeper, the days grow shorter and the wind becomes cooler and stronger.   The remaining leaves are blown from the trees and fall to the ground to decay and enrich the soil, ready to feed the new growth of next year’s spring.  They cover the park’s fields and paths with a rich kaleidoscope of colour, of russet brown, gold and yellow, each leaf a reflection of the tree from which it came.  Pick up one or two to place them between the pages of a well-loved book; a lasting memory of the sheer beauty that autumn in the Linn Park brings to all; a token of the life that exists all around, beyond the normal matters of daily life.

Grey clouds scud across the autumn sky and everywhere nature is preparing for the coming of winter.  Summer birds have left for warmer climes, while those who overwinter here are arriving from even colder countries.  Small animals are busy foraging and storing food for harder times, salmon are at last running up the river Cart, fearlessly tackling the water fall as they search out their spawning grounds as our local birds settling-in, ready for the leaner months that are to come.  And then eventually, after all of the comings and goings, there remain only those who will share the darker colder days of winter with us, as we continue to walk the quiet paths together.

Little beetle scurrying along
the zig-zag path
escaping autumn’s first frost.