Last weekend we popped down to see my folks. We always take an opportunity for a quick explore in the next door field and a meander in the garden. The changes between each season in the countryside are always more distinct and between the autumn showers we nipped out in the late afternoon to view the most gorgeous golden light. Even without any horticultural encouragement the hedges were laden with fruit.
Look at these vivid Black Bryony berries. This sight always amuses me, it is as if someone has been decorating the hedge for Christmas, draping the hedge with a swag of juicy fruit.
My folks have deliberately planted teasels in the field to feed the Goldfinches. I hadn’t realised that these spiky seed heads were such a delicacy but apparently they can reach down into the teasel and fetch out the seeds with their long fine beaks.
I am convinced that since following and admiring the print maker Angie Lewin I have begun to notice seed heads much more. There is a real beauty to their architectural shapes. I think it is true that great art really makes you look at the world in a different way, pointing out something that had never occurred to you before.
If you are a fan of Angie Lewin’s work and you are in the vicinity of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park she has an exhibition between 16 November 2013 and 23rd February 2014,
Finally we walked down to the pond and the late autumn light shone through the reeds. What an amazing sight. The colour was astonishing. My folks have a great eye for plant combinations and this contrast of gold and purple pretty much knocks your wooly socks off!