Long shadows

Long shadows.
Long days.

We all grow tired eventually; it happens to everyone.
Even the sun, at the close of the year, is no longer a morning person.

Joyce Rachelle

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Indian Summer

Blue skies

Brilliant blue sky & hot Autumn sun today (Friday). How lovely to be sat basking in the garden.

The term Indian summer reached England in the 19th century, during the heyday of the British Raj in India. This led to the mistaken belief that the term referred to the Indian subcontinent. In fact, the Indians in question were probably the Native Americans.

The term Indian summer is first recorded in Letters From an American Farmer, in 1778.

“Then a severe frost succeeds which prepares it to receive the voluminous coat of snow which is soon to follow; though it is often preceded by a short interval of smoke and mildness, called the Indian Summer.”

Michel-Guillaume-Jean de Crèvecoeur:

The English already had names for the phenomenon – St. Luke’s SummerSt. Martin’s Summer or All-Hallown Summer and the French also referred to l’été de la Saint-Martin.

These have now all but disappeared and, like the rest of the world, the term Indian summer has been used in the UK for at least a century.

I think I prefer the term All Hallown Summer.

“An Indian summer crept stealthily over his closing days.”

Thomas De Quincy, 1855

More Scrumptious Colours


A bit of a cold wet day today. I wish that I could get out into the garden to tidy up the leaves, moss and grapes that are scattering the decking.
The birds of course love a free meal but boy are the grapes slippery and make such a mess!
My grape vine, it’s a shame they don’t taste very nice though!
Rowan Berries growing on the fields near the allotment


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Red Leaves, Yellow Leaves


Day 6 post-surgery and the pain in my shoulder is a dull ache rather than not stop pain. It has been a most lovely Autumnal day so I decided to go for a short walk to collect some leaves to ease the boredom and to stop looking at my messy garden (thanks to the wind and the rain).

I collected some of the most gorgeous red & yellow leaves, which inspired me to take a few quick edits on my camera phone as it’s light & more portable (i.e. I don’t have to carry it on my shoulder).


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Golden Orange

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I managed to get out for a short walk on Sunday. The weather was very windy and wet but I needed to get a bit of fresh air as I was fed up of watching TV and reels on Instagram! I didn’t get very far as my arm was aching and I still can’t have anything like heavy coats and jumpers pressing down on my shoulder for too long. It was good to see how things had changed in over a week of me being inside.

My October window showcase at No3 is now on show (thanks to my parents) and I’m pleased at how well it looks. If you are in York take an amble over to Heworth for a look and a lovely cup of tea & cake.

Golden leaves – Sue Butler Photography
Mini pumpkins and gourds – Sue Butler Photography
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Last day of September


Well that month seemed to fly by didn’t it? The past few days have been so cold and wet, I’m thinking about digging out my boots and wooly hats out again!

The trees have started turned golden brown and Conkers have been lining the paths for quite a while now. A few pictures from September as I can’t take any new images due to an opp on my arm, but I will be back mended in a few weeks (hopefully).

Photographs by S J Butler

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Pumpkins


I have been growing some mini pumpkins for my window display next week and I have managed to salvaged 3! so today I’ve done a quick photoshoot with the cats and a few images from a couple of years ago to get us it the mood for Autumn.


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Autumn Chill

Not like this today!


Today is so cold that I dragged my big coat and boots from the loft ready to start wearing again. It felt properly like Autumn and next week it will be October.

Acer

I haven’t been out for a long time with my camera so, I’m hoping that October will change all that when the colours start creeping in!


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Autumnal Equinox

Autumn


While the county may be enjoying a patch of warm weather, today marks the end of summer months and the start of the autumn equinox.  

The autumn equinox, much like the spring equinox, is the date in the calendar when the days and nights are the same length, marking the start of the astronomical autumn season.

Both the northern and southern hemisphere will share roughly the same day-length of 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness. 

It also traditionally signals the start of harvest, with harvest festivals happening on the Sunday closest to the time of a full moon. 

The word

Autumn

derives from the French word

Automne

(MetOffice (web

The equinox technically refers to the time when the sun is directly in line with the equator, lining up in unison for a brief moment, which is set to happen today at 8.21pm.

Golden leaves
Leaves

Season of mists

and

mellow fruitfulness

Keats

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Golden Brown…

Today is chilly and miserable. I was really tempted to go out after work to take some photographs of the trees as they are slowly changing colour. The weather was not the best so I stayed in where is was warm and dry.

I thought I would post some images from this time last year, the fruits of the Sycamore tree and the seeds from the Sweet Peas (one of my favourites!)

Autumn is coming – photography SJ Butler

This year autumn begins on 22 September 2021 and ends on 21 December 2021.

8 interesting facts about autumn


The time of year that Keats called the ‘Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’, autumn is a season famous for its harvest times, turning leaves, cooling temperatures and darkening nights.

1. Autumn begins

There are two different dates when autumn could be said to begin. Autumn, as defined by the Earth’s orbit around the Sun, begins on the equinox which falls on 22 or 23 September.

However, to record climate data, it is important to have set dates that can be compared, so meteorological autumn always begins on 1 September.

Rowntree Park

2. Trees prepare for winter

One of the most stunning signs of autumn is the turning of the leaves. The shorter days are a sign to trees to begin to prepare for winter.

During winter there is not enough light for photosynthesis to occur, so as the days shorten throughout autumn, the trees begin to close down their food production systems and reduce the amount of chlorophyll in their leaves.

3. The chemistry of colour

Chlorophyll is the chemical which makes tree leaves green and as it declines other chemicals become more prominent in the leaves.

These are responsible for the vibrant ambers, reds and yellows of autumn. The chemicals responsible are types of flavonoids, carotenoids and anthocyanins.

Did you know some of these chemicals are the same ones that give carrots (beta-carotenes) and egg yolks (luteins) their colours?

4. People born in Autumn live longer

A study in the Journal of Aging Research found that babies born during the autumn months are more likely to live to 100 than those born during the rest of the year.

Their study found that 30 % of US centenarians born during 1880-1895 were born in the autumn months.

The word

Autumn

derives from the French word

Automne

(MetOffice (web

5. The days get shorter

The word equinox comes from the Latin equi (meaning equal) and nox (meaning night) accounting for the equinox marking the time when day and night are of equal length.

We often notice the nights begin to draw in from this point as after the autumn equinox, the nights are longer than the days, until this is reversed at the spring equinox.

6. A date for your diary – 24 September 2303

Generally speaking, the autumn equinox always falls on either 22 or 23 September, but not quite always.

Because the Gregorian calendar is not quite in perfect symmetry with the Earth’s orbit, the autumn equinox will very occasionally fall on September 24. This last happened in 1931 and will next happen in 2303.

7. Persephone’s return

In Greek mythology, autumn began when Persephone was abducted by Hades to be the Queen of the Underworld. In distress Persephone’s mother, Demeter (the goddess of the harvest), caused all the crops on Earth to die until her daughter was allowed to return, marking spring.

Season of mists

and

mellow fruitfulness

Keats

8. Autumn and Fall

We typically think of ‘fall’ as the North American version of the word ‘autumn’, but it was in fact in widespread usage in England until relatively recently.

Originally a shortening of the phrase fall of the leaf, the phrase was common in England in the 17th century.

The word autumn entered English from the French automne and didn’t become common usage until the 18th century.

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