Delights of Autumn by Photographer Grace Davies

“There is something about autumn that speaks to my soul,” says Grace Davies. Read on and enjoy her beautiful images…

I love watching the landscape change little by little, the very top of the trees turning first from the glow of the morning sun. The bright green grass of summer slowly disappears as it is covered by the multi-coloured leaves, and not to forget the feeling of the cool, crisp air hitting you first thing in the morning. Everything about autumn fills me with contentment.

             

In some ways autumn is a sad time of year, you watch all the growth of spring die back slowly. All of that work and effort nature has put in to bring the world to life again, and suddenly it’s on its way out. But every time a leaf falls, a hedge fades and flowers die off brings the promise of a new spring to come.

I am in my photography element in the autumn. There is so much going on around me, I really am spoilt for choice.

The wildlife has a whole new side to it. A lot of birds are preparing for migration, others are filling up on berries for the hard winter ahead, the bees are dying back, and the other mammals are getting ready for hibernation. For me the best animals to see at this time of year are the grey seals. From the end of August to November the female seals make their homes on multiple secluded beaches across the county and birth their pups, and we are lucky enough to see a lot of this in Pembrokeshire.

           

The best places in Pembrokeshire to see this are either Martin’s Haven or the Green Bridge of Wales (near Elegug Stacks). In these two places you can see the seals very clearly, but most importantly at a safe enough distance to be sure that you don’t interrupt or get in the way. Getting too close risks scaring the mother seal away and this results in her abandoning her pup. The pup is then likely to starve and die. So it is never worth doing this when you can safely watch from a distance.

Another thing that I have enjoyed getting photos of this autumn are all the hidden beauty in the hedgerows. Life is so busy, and everyone is always rushing around, so when you get the chance to go out somewhere for a walk, you tend to look at the bigger things and not take too much notice of all the wonderful little things hidden in plain sight.

Every Friday, I make an effort to walk around my village of Cosheston taking my time and seeing what I can find. In the past few weeks, I have taken some of my favourite-ever autumn photos, without having to go too far from home. If you are out on a wander, take a closer look at the things you would normally walk past: grass verges, hedges, roadside. Hidden and fallen trees are filled with so many berries and plants, including sloes, blackberries, red flowering currant, honeysuckle, Italian arum, black bryony, crab apples, fungus and acorns. It is amazing what you can find when you look a little closer.

Other places I have loved exploring this autumn are the walled gardens we are blessed with in Pembrokeshire, mainly Scolton Manor and Stackpole.

Both of them have the most amazing pumpkin patches, apple and pear trees, and vegetable gardens. Walking around these gardens is such a peaceful experience. Surrounded by so much nature and wildlife, you can hear the birds calling, the bees buzzing, and watch the butterflies enjoying the last of the sun. Both Scolton and Stackpole walled gardens are cared for and maintained by a wonderful group of volunteers. They put lots of work into the upkeep of these gardens. Every step around these gardens brings a new photo opportunity. A true photographer’s paradise!

They are both places of peace and reflection, a few hours there does wonders for you.

Now it is time to prepare for the winter months and get ready for the Christmas market season. But hopefully I will still have some time to take in some winter sights and see what photo opportunities lie ahead…

If you are looking for Christmas Markets to attend this year, I can recommend a few, including.

  • Lamphey Village Hall 19 November (10am-4pm)

  • Harlequins Rugby club 26 November (11am-6pm)

  • Crymych Market Hall 2 December (11am-4.30pm)

  • Cosheston Village Hall 3 December (10am-4pm)

  • Pembroke Rugby Club 4 December (10am-4pm)

  • Monkton Swifts 6 December (6-8pm)

  • Pembrokeshire college 6 December (10am-4pm)

  • Pembrokeshire college 7 December (10am-4pm)

  • Pennar Hall 10 December (10am-4pm)

To find more images from Grace and to contact her, go to her Facebook page, Grace Davies Photography, or call 07845 740027.

 

Kitty Parsons

Kitty has forgotten how long she has been here now but she loves Pembrokeshire for its beauty and it's people. She spends her time searching out stories for pembrokeshire.online, swimming in the sea , drawing and painting as Snorkelfish and eating cake. She says "Pembrokeshire.online has been an opportunity to celebrate this beautiful county and its people. Keep the stories coming. We love to hear from you."

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