Corwall’s Colours of Autumn

West Penwith
Where few trees or woodland forests exist.
Autumn colours are subtle and easily missed.
There are none of the severe frosts
that bring about the wonderful reds and orange shades.
Here the greens turn yellow or conker brown then fade
until one day, after a storm, they’ve gone.
But the jewel-like berries in the Cornish hedges,
linger on.
Ubiquitous golden gorse,
coppery leaves
of Field Maples
and Beech trees.
Russet browns of bracken,
burnished bronze in a low lying sun
and a shaft of bright lime
of a newly formed fern
turn your head
and catch your eye.

In October and November
when the cloud envelops the downs,
(which are really ups),
there is no colour at all,
just washed out greys
and hidden hills.
The sound of dripping rain
and calling geese.
But when the sun shines,
the sky is a clear cobalt blue,
the sea a shimmering silver
and sunsets a spectacular sight
on the horizon.


And you know that you are one of the lucky ones
To call this place Home.


    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks 😊

  1. restlessjo says:

    Absolutely! What a fabulous round up, Jude. Wasn’t sure where you were going with it- my head is still full of the Annie song, but perhaps ‘today’ is more important. That last is a real beauty πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    1. Heyjude says:

      Making the most of the season.

      1. restlessjo says:


  2. margaret21 says:

    This is really beautiful Jude. And a lovely celebration of your home patch. Very uplifting!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Margaret, I am trying to be positive ☺️

      1. margaret21 says:

        It’s convincing a lot of the people a lot of the time.

  3. bushboy says:

    What an amazing gallery Jude. Love the pheasant πŸ™‚

    1. Heyjude says:

      He was an unexpected walker! I had to chase him down the road to get a decent shot.

      1. bushboy says:

        Don’t you hate that when birds just don’t want to co-operate πŸ˜€

        1. Heyjude says:


      2. BeckyB says:

        hope you gave him something to say thank you πŸ˜‰

        1. Heyjude says:

          Well I didn’t take him home for dinner 😊

        2. BeckyB says:

          Well that’s definitely on the plus side for him!

        3. Heyjude says:

          Exactly! And I don’t go around with corn in my pockets despite being a country bumpkin πŸ˜‚

        4. BeckyB says:

          lol! I carry dog and cat biscuits in Portugal!!

        5. Heyjude says:

          That’s because those feral creatures attack you! πŸ˜‚

  4. What a beautiful set of photos – autumnal colours are my favourite! What a fine looking pheasant too πŸ™‚

    1. Heyjude says:

      It stays pretty green around here so you have to look for the changes. The pheasant was a lovely surprise.

      1. There are many pheasant around the Fountains Abbey estate in Yorkshire – you do have to look out for them when driving as they have no road sense at all 😦

        1. Heyjude says:

          Yes, not the brightest of birds 😊

  5. beetleypete says:

    A poetic accompaniment to some truly excellent photos. Great work, Jude.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      Many thanks Pete. A bit gloomy today though..

      1. beetleypete says:

        Same here, rain. 😦

  6. Sue says:

    What a lovely set of images, Jude and some great words!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Sue, a brief episode of energy, sadly lacking recently.

      1. Sue says:

        I think we’re all lacking energy, Jude

        1. Heyjude says:

          I know that I am πŸ™

  7. BeckyB says:

    Fabulous poetry, and superb gallery – just wonderful Jude πŸ˜€

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Becky. Sometimes I have to remind myself what it is that I love about Cornwall.

      1. BeckyB says:

        It is a beautiful county, and all on your doorstep πŸ™‚

        1. Heyjude says:

          It is, but I have barely been more than 10 miles this year.

        2. BeckyB says:

          I know it is all very strange isn’t it – have you figured out your plan A, plan B and plan C for Christmas yet?

        3. Heyjude says:

          Plan A is as always – stay at home! We don’t ‘do’ Christmas 😍

        4. BeckyB says:

          Sensible woman.

  8. You really do live in a beautiful part of the world, Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      If you looked out my window now you wouldn’t think so! Can’t see a thing!

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