As those in the UK will already know, we’ve had a glorious Indian summer period this week, with record breaking temperatures and wall to wall sunshine lasting several days. A fabulous and much-appreciated treat.
We didn’t want to waste the opportunity yesterday of the last fabulous day forecast in this run, so we dealt with our errands in the morning and packed the picnic basket and set off to get some much needed fresh air and to stretch our legs.
It was rather incongruous to be walking through very autumnal woodland, with dry golden leaves underfoot and some trees already almost bare, yet for it to be sweltering hot and us to be glad of the shade under the trees and the gentle breeze. We often get a lovely period at this time of year, which is why we’re usually away on holiday at this time, but it was incredibly hot for the first day of October.
We chuckled when we remembered doing the same walk in August in fastened up coats, scarves and gloves when the brisk wind was too bitter to eat outside and we retreated inside the car for lunch.
This tiny emerging fly agaric mushroom was about 6 feet away from the clump I photographed and posted recently – no doubt part of the same colony, which grow on the roots of trees and these are the above-ground fruiting bodies.
I don’t have much else to report this week, I’ve been dealing with things that are beyond the remit of my blog and not very interesting, but I’ll try to add something more worthy and interesting next week – I really should address some of the many tutorial or technical subjects I have as ‘works in progress’.
In closing I’ll add a couple more photographs from the first of the nice days earlier in the week before it got quite so hot, but I managed to get a nice walk in during the day – after all, I can work when it’s dark and it’s a shame to miss out on such nice – and rare – opportunities. This is one of the lovely advantages of being self-employed, you can at least manage your time in this manner.
I’ve taken this standing in the local park and looking towards a field that usually has several horses in it, but they were out being ridden at the time. One of them at the fence would have finished this off nicely. I took this particular series of shots using an in-camera film simulation (Astia) which tends to give a rather yellow tone to images, thinking that it might work well with the colours on this particular day.
I posted a similar frame of this scene last week, but the light was rather better on this occasion and I made a better job of metering the scene and it has some additional warmth from the film simulation used too.