October glory

We’ve had a smashing couple of days, weather-wise, in Perthshire.

Afternoon sunshine at Over Forneth, near Blairgowrie, Perthshire.

Afternoon sunshine at Over Forneth, near Blairgowrie, Perthshire on 13 October 2015.

Yesterday, after a bit of blackberrying with Delightful Assistant no.1 (the freezer is slowly filling up with frozen berries and plums – roll on winter crumbles), we called in at Loch of Clunie, a few miles to the west of Blairgowrie.

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The loch was blissfully still and the sunshine was gloriously warm for the time of year. The clouds were beautifully reflected in the water.

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The road runs slightly above the level of the loch, so we parked up and slithered down to the lochside where we stood on a small beach and gazed out across the water. It was very peaceful, and quite delightful to soak in the rays and admire the view.

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Although there’s still a lovely lot of green around, some autumn colours are starting to come out.

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Here’s hoping for more days like this throughout the autumn. When the weather’s like this I find Scotland hard to beat.

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Having said that, I’ve recently returned from a holiday in the north-west of England, which was pretty good in the scenery department. I hope to post about it before too long but in the meantime here’s a photo of Matterdale, near Keswick in the Lake District to whet your appetite.

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25 thoughts on “October glory

  1. How blissful. Scotland is so lovely at this time of the year. The pictures are post card perfect! I look forward to the photos of your recent trip. I am off on a cruise tomorrow. I will finally see France, Italy and Malta.

  2. What stunning photos, Lorna! Gorgeous colours and lighting. Those reflections are perfect. It’s not often that you get such still days, and it’s important to go out and enjoy them! Is it just me, or are the autumn leaves late this year? Looking forward to seeing pics of your holiday in Cumbria.

    • Thanks, Jo, it was a corker of a day and great to be able to enjoy it outdoors. I agree with you that the autumn colours seem late this year, but I’m not complaining about that. I’m very happy to wait a bit longer for them. 🙂

  3. Beautiful photos Lorna, especially the reflection in the loch with the Autumn colours in the trees just beginning to show through. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such wonderful reflections anywhere in the UK before. Really stunning photos!!!!! One thing that does surprise me, is that you are a fair way behind us in Glenrothes with regards to the autumn colours.

    • Thank you kindly, Andy. I’m interested to hear that you’re further on in Glenrothes. I noticed that the leaves were starting to turn in Cumbria and I was expecting to come back here and find them much advanced, but not so. Odd that Perthshire should be behind Fife, but we have had some unusually mild weather which perhaps accounts for it.

      • You are very very welcome Lorna, those photos were amazing and so beautiful 🙂
        The weather certainly has been unusually mild, September was the warmest, driest, sunniest month we’ve had all year 🙂 It’s odd how many people I’ve heard say that it’s suddenly got really cold now. But it’s actually just gone back to normal mid-October weather.

    • What a lovely welcome, thanks Trish. It was so nice not to be posting every day while I was away that I’ve changed my mind about Lorna’s Pics being a daily blog. I don’t know how people manage to post daily for years on end.

  4. Wow….I just love the fall season and yours is stunning…ours in Southern California this year has been oppressingly hot until today…so maybe we will actually get a few fall colors soon here too…but thank you for sharing yours…gorgeous.

    • Thank you, Lucinda. It’s certainly been crisp here lately with frosty mornings, and when you combine those with blue skies and sunshine throughout the day it’s pretty much perfect October weather for this part of the world.

  5. As others have said, these are stunning photos, especially the stillness and the reflections on the water. This beautiful, warm autumn has more than made up for our damp, chilly summer!

    • Thank you, Hilary. I’ve been noticing the big differences in the weather in East Anglia and elsewhere on the forecasts. It seems you’ve been unusually stuck with cold winds and grey skies, but they say it’s due to improve in your neck of the woods on Tuesday.

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