Leaves like rain

We have been hidden beneath a blanket of damp misty days, not a breath of wind to ease the leaves from the trees.  Then, this afternoon the skies cleared, a wind rose from the west and they fell like rain on the lanes that run up the hill to Hadrian’s Wall.  We were fortunate to be out in this brief respite, the camera set to emulate the slightly saturated world of Fujifilm Velvia:

Raining leaves ...

Brief respite ...

Golden ferns ...

Wanting to go,
all the leaves want to go
though they have achieved
their kingly robes.

Weary of colours
they think of black earth,
they think of
white snow.

Norman MacCaig – Autumn – 1982


  1. jcollettphotography · November 7, 2015

    Lovely autumn colours.

  2. Pit · November 7, 2015

    Gorgeous colours! 🙂
    Have a great weekend,

  3. Cate Franklyn · November 7, 2015

    Glad the mist has lifted. The second shot is so surreal. Gorgeous post!

    • northumbrianlight · November 7, 2015

      Many thanks Cate – mist has gone, replaced by dull persistent rain 😦

  4. restlessjo · November 7, 2015

    Isn’t Autumn glorious when it dazzles like this, Robin? That second shot is pure bliss. 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · November 8, 2015

      It is Jo – the second shot was a classic example of right place, right time. That window of sunshine was very short.

  5. LaVagabonde · November 8, 2015

    I can hear the rustling of feet through those leaves. 🙂 Amazing they hung on so long. Ours fell long ago.

    • northumbrianlight · November 8, 2015

      Since you said that Julie I have noticed there is quite some variation locally – I was on the golf course at Allendale this morning and there is not a leaf on a tree anywhere. Slightly more exposed and a good deal higher up in them thar hills 🙂

  6. Malin Ellisdotter H · November 8, 2015

    Beautifully written and very beautiful images… And the lyrics at the end of your post fits so well! … “their kingly robes”… Wow, that says it all. Thank you for this lovely post, Robin.

    • northumbrianlight · November 8, 2015

      Many thanks Malin – oh that Norman MacCaig’s words were mine 🙂

  7. edithlevyphotography · November 9, 2015


  8. socialbridge · November 9, 2015

    Robin, this is what I call a real treat. Thanks for such delicious shots.

  9. Forestwoodfolkart · November 13, 2015

    Wow. Such colour and stunning autumn photos. No such vistas where I live. So I have to visit your blog to see this!

    • northumbrianlight · November 13, 2015

      Many thanks, much appreciated. Those colours are the compensation for a cold climate 🙂

      • Forestwoodfolkart · November 13, 2015

        I can well understand the dislike of the grey skies of a northern winter. However, the sun is so intense here the white light seems to bleach out the tones in the trees and plants so I think you actually see more colour in your climate!

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