Cap­tur­ing the beauty of au­tumn

Leicester Mercury - - News -

SEA­SON of mists and mel­low fruit­ful­ness, close bo­som-friend of the ma­tur­ing sun, wrote ro­man­tic young poet John Keats in his fa­mous ode “To Au­tumn”.

These im­ages, taken by Pic-Pac mem­bers Mike Spencer and Lee How­dle, show misty au­tum­nal pic­tures of Le­ices­ter­shire in­clud­ing Bradgate Park, which never dis­ap­points.

Au­tumn is a sea­son of dap­pled shad­ows, fall­ing leaves and low-rid­ing sun and, even for non-ro­man­tics, it can­not fail to some­how soothe the mind into a jour­ney of re­mem­brance – per­haps aboard the steam train City of Wells, pic­tured leav­ing Lough­bor­ough.

Mike’s dream-like im­age of a stag and doe in the au­tumn mat­ing sea­son sym­bol­ise the prom­ise of re­birth in the spring, while the vivid au­tumn maples at Leices­ter Univer­sity Botan­i­cal Gar­dens are a sym­bol of strength and en­durance through the win­ter months.

Lee’s cute squir­rel has recog­nised the signs of au­tumn as a sig­nal to set up his store of food to sus­tain him dur­ing the cold­est time of year, while the stone of Bradgate House re­mem­bers its own story of au­tumns long past.

LEE HOW­DLE

LEE HOW­DLE

MIKE SPENCER

MIKE SPENCER

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