Blushing nature

First day of what I guess is the first ‘autumn month’. It didn’t feel like it, because it was seriously warm and sunny – I almost regretted wearing trousers – but now and again, a flash of red caught my eye in a ditch or a shrubbery, and I knew that yes, autumn really is approaching.

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The willow herb is among the first to greet the new season. Its leaves turn a red that’s sometimes hard to believe is real.

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Each leaf, in its own time.

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I love how they curl at the edges, as if snuggling into themselves to sleep.

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Some seeds are still clinging to the stem, afraid of where they’ll end up if they allow the wind to bear them away.

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