Traditionally, woodland is considered to be the highlight of autumn. The Fall is about autumn colour and trees shedding their leaves. I think the fells at this season can be as spectacular.
We tend to focus on the brief summer flowering phase of plants but I’m curious about the reproductive process entire, the life-cycle. What happens after flowering is over? Fruit-bodies, seed dispersal. You can track bog asphodel but what about insectivorous plants like butterwort and sundew? When insects disappear with the last days of summer their source of nutrients is gone. The star-shaped leaves of butterwort linger through autumn, but sundew? I often search to see how far into autumn I can find it. And today I’ve captured it inadvertently. A hasty photograph of wine-coloured sphagnum moss revealed sundew embedded within it.
It’s not the first time I’ve come home to discover my images show things unexpected. That’s part of the fun, the discovery. Rather like a precious Turkish or Persian carpet you walk on each day and suddenly come upon a motif you’d never noticed before.