Andy Goldsworthy

Andy Goldsworthy is an artist who has been working with land based, site specific works in natural and urban areas.  He has created some really lovely works using leaves in woodland settings, collecting leaves of similar colours and placing them together to highlight and accent certain features of the landscape around him.  Two of my favorite images are shown below

(images from google image search)

I really love the yellow leaves placed around the base of the tree, there is something magical in this, like the ground where it meets the tree is alive and glowing.  And the leaves placed so precisely in the water make for a very striking image.

If you are out in the woods with children, you could collect leaves and other items from the ground and create patterns with them, leaving them behind for others to find.

Awesome Autumn Walks

Today I am going to share with you some awesome walks that you can do in Autumn that really showcase what the season is about…. The change in colors of the leaves on the trees, the crisp freshness of the air and the mist that clings to the valleys…

Arboretums are one of the best for viewing the change in seasons and there are quite a few dotted around the UK.  An arboretum is a collection of lots of different types of trees, which as autumn approaches the trees come alive with a riot of colors.  Wrap up warm and head to one of these below!

Local parks are good for seeing in the change in season, with grassy areas and tree lined walkways, there is a lovely contrast between the rich bright autumnal tones of the leaves and the fresh green of the grass.  Why not head out for a picnic at one close by and have a look around the walkways?

Reservoirs and lakes are another good place to visit, especially on cold, misty, bright mornings during autumn.  The water can enhance the quality of the views with its cool, calm reflective nature.  How about packing a thermos of tea and your camera when heading out to visit one?

Woodland or wooded areas are lovely to walk around at this time of the year and you can kick and crunch through the fallen leaves along your walk.  Why not visit the woodland trust website and see what woodland areas are close by that you can explore?

And lastly, yesterdays stats…did I hit my goal of 10,000 steps for the day?

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I did!  I headed out during my lunch break and went for a walk around the estate I work on and collected some conkers on the way!  🙂

Things To Look For On Walks

I love looking for things when I am on walks, the other day I noticed that there were mushrooms starting to grow in amongst the leaf debris, the conditions are just right for them to start growing – warm and damp.  Once I had seen one I set out to find others and was amazed at the different types that I spotted along the way.

There are lots of things to look out for on walks and spotting them can depend on where you are walking and the terrain type.  In woods you can look out for mosses and lichen, different types of trees, streams, wildlife and different flora and fauna.  You can see how many types of bird song you can hear or see what kind of things you can smell – the woods where I walk have a really lovely pine, menthol scent whereas other areas smell of fallen leaves.  You can spot where the sunlight comes through the trees and how it lights up certain areas of ground.

At the beach you can see how many types of shell you can spot, hunt for sea glass, watch how the light bounces off the sea, investigate rock pools (but be careful when climbing!), see what insects you can spot, what sort of sea life there is around you, the difference in colour between different sea weeds, smell the sea, see if you can spot any boats on the sea.

In grassy areas you can try and identify different kinds of grasses, look for bugs, listen to the wind blowing through the hedgerows, see how many different kinds of flowers you can see, spot any birds nesting in the hedges or picking along the ground at food, watch the clouds floating by above you, breathe in the fresh air.

There is so much you can do outdoors on your walks to make even the most mundane walk more interesting.  Remember to follow the rules of the Countryside and remember “Take Nothing but Pictures, Leave Nothing but Footprints, Kill Nothing but Time.”

 And now for yesterdays stats… did I hit my target?

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I did!  🙂

I am aiming to walk 10,000 steps a day for the whole of september, thats a total of 300,000 in a month, in order to raise money for Cancer Research, if you would like to sponsor me or donate, you can visit my Just Giving page where a few clicks will see your donation added to the cause.