Goodbye October, Hello November

“October extinguished itself in a rush of howling winds and driving rain and November arrived, cold as frozen iron, with hard frosts every morning and icy drafts that bit at exposed hands and faces.”

J.K. Rowling
Short video looking at October as we say hello to November.
SJ Butler Photography

Happy Halloween

Hope you all have a good Halloween. I’ll be sitting in front of a roaring fire watching something spooky on television with my pumpkin curry!

Gorgeous homegrown mini pumpkins and gourds by SJ Butler Photography

Nunnington Hall

Gourd!
That’s a lot of veggies!

I had a visit to Nunnington Hall & Gardens which is owned by the National Trust. Their botanical displays were absolutely gorgeous. Here are just a few of the many, many displays. If you want to find any information about Nunnington or any of the National Trust properties/gardens please click here.

Photographs by SJ Butler

Latest Instagram posts – check out the video of the gorgeous piano playing. I will be posting that sometime this week!

IGPOTY – Results

Hope everyone’s having a great week so far? We are in the final week of October as it is the first of November on Monday.
Who’s having a Halloween party or have decorated your house or carved a pumpkin?
If you have post your pictures for me to see. If I get enough super images I will make a blog with all your images so get snapping!

The results of the IGPOTY results for Square Crop Competition are in. Unfortunately I was not shortlisted this year but I’m not surprised as the winners are absolutely fantastic. Next year maybe!?

If you want to see more of the fabulous winners
take a look at the IGPOTY website
Seductive Wings by Claudia Gaupp
IGPOTY Winner

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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

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).


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

Cyanotype Cats

New Cyanotype Card in my Etsy Shop Now!


For the past three days I have been isolating as I am having an operation today. My right arm. I am right handed. So, I have been busy making some new Cyanotypes which I have made one of them into a new card available in my Etsy Shop.

J cat helping with the scanned Cyanotype

I have only made a few at the moment to see how they go. Take a look you might like them if you (or the card recipient) is a cat lover. Or you may want to frame one to hang on the wall.

Card for sale on Etsy

Starting to change colour from light green to dark green

From dark green to dark blue

Washing and drying the Cyanotypes
Some have come out better than others but that is the beauty of it – you never know what you are going to come out with!


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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The little changes


Spring. Summer. Autumn. Winter

Well today turned out to be a sorcher…an Indian Summer…well, for a few days anyway.

The morning was chilly and the cobwebs were glistening with early morning dew. As I cycled past the fields, with their hay stacked high there was a low mist as the sun tried to burn off the chill.

A few hours later the sun had burned it’s way through and a high of 27 degrees.

Sue Butler Photography
Sue Butler Photography