Travel theme: Autumn

This evening’s sunset (October 31st) marks the start of Samhain, an ancient Celtic festival that waves farewell to the harvest season and prepares for the darker half of the year – but more about that in my next post. In the meantime, before the sun goes down on autumn, here are a few of my favourite things about this season. The leaves, their blaze of colour while still on the trees; the whirl and swirl as they tumble to the ground, catching in your hair, softly brushing your cheek on their way down. Kicking through mounds of brown, almost transparent leaves along the street listening to the rustling and the brittle crunch underfoot.

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Orchards filled to bursting with apples and pears and peaches and plums, boughs creaking and bowed low under the weight of their harvest. That first luscious mouthful of the fruit you just picked fresh off the tree.

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Sweet and floury roasted chestnuts, dark and shiny conkers, happy orange pumpkin patches, pumpkin soup and pumpkin lanterns.


Misty mornings and dew-soaked grass, great big bowls of soup filled with exotic flavours that chase away autumn chills.

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Hedgerow foraging, berries plump with juice, purple-stained fingers and lips, jams and chutneys bubbling on the stove filling the house with sweet and spicy scents.

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I adore this time of year, but how about you? Have you fallen under autumn’s enchantment? If you would like to join in this week’s travel theme by creating your own autumnal post (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Autumn
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
  • Don’t forget to subscribe to keep up to date on the latest weekly travel themes. Sign up via the email subscription link in the sidebar or RSS!

xxx Ailsa

The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. – John Muir

Autumn is a second spring, when every leaf is a flower. – Albert Camus

About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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146 Responses to Travel theme: Autumn

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  2. Max510 says:

    Hi friends !
    I hate Autumn… only only photography “save me”…

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  4. viveka says:

    Lovely …. this gallery is just why I love autumn/fall.

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  6. Cee Neuner says:

    Marvelous photos.
    Here is my entry for this week. ENJOY!

  7. Barbara says:

    You must put a link to your challenge on The Daily Post: You’ll get EVEN MORE followers! 🙂

  8. poppytump says:

    Love your Autumnal offerings Ailsa lots to be happy about when the leaves start a tumbling ! Keep missing your posts I don’t know why .

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  11. Hi Ailsa,
    as usual great photos of yours ! Here are mine for this week.
    Cheers Angela 🙂

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  15. dema1497 says:

    Hi Ailsa, how are you?
    I am back to join you this time, this is my part:

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  19. K2 in Canada says:

    Great selection – autumn is the best time of the year to take pictures.

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  21. pommepal says:

    We are now sweating our way through summer but I have fond memories of Autumn.

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  29. suej says:

    Oooops, sorry about your name, I thought I had typed Ailsa

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  31. There’s something about the images of autumn that make it impossible for the shutter to resist! Thanks for choosing “Autumn” as your theme this week. I love the variety of interpretations on all the sites!

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  36. babsje says:

    Love your photos, especially that bowl of steaming soup! Since you mention Halloween, here’s one I took this Halloween

    Possibly knowing that you could never find it again

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  38. I can really feel the Autumn in these photographs. Those berries are divine. I am here:

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  44. What a lovely series of photographs to show autumn–it’s not just outdoors. Here in central Texas (Austin), our autumn is more subdued than the East Coast falls (where I spent most of my life), and sometimes we have to travel a bit to find it. My Autumn Travel response shares a bit of my unexpected findings at the legendary Lost Maples Park:

    On Searching For Brilliance

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