Autumn is an uncertain season here in Ireland, we’re never quite sure when it will begin or end. At some stage towards the end of summer the air will turn a little cooler and a hint of red will blush across the countryside, but you’re never really certain that it’s autumn until one morning you look out the window and suddenly there are more leaves on the lawn than in the trees. Deeper into the season autumn winds will sweep in and strip the branches bare overnight, and the sky will take on a colder shade of blue during the daylight hours.
The period when the leaves are turning always seems to rush by too quickly, but I managed to get out with the camera last weekend in the Dundrum Woods in Co. Tipperary to capture a little of the colour before it’s gone. The woods are near my parents’ home in the Tipperary countryside, and I have many fond memories of long walks there watching for ducks on the lake or listening to the dawn chorus with my Dad and sister. The trees looked beautiful, illuminated with luxurious russet and gold in the autumn sunlight.
Some of these photos were also taken at the bottom of Dad’s garden, where the morning sun shines through at just the right angle to capture some of that gorgeous light on the leaves. In the hours just after sunrise the autumn light seems at its richest, and the leaves glow in its rays, a final burst of colour before falling to the earth.