The Story of Autumn In Yorkshire.

Updated: May 24, 2019

Autumn In Yorkshire by Raspberry Thief


Autumn In Yorkshire

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

This time of year is often contentious, there are those that still hang on to the warm summer months, clinging to the joy of long days and warm skin. Others look forward to the long shadows, crisp walks, and cosy fires of Autumn. Which are you?

I love Autumn, September always feels like a new beginning (much like New Year). A time to reflect, and a time to squeeze in just a little more before the year ends.

Here in Yorkshire it is a stunning season, filled with colour and life. It’s often dry and is a great season to get outside walking.

We managed to squeeze in just a few more outdoor adventures last year from our local parks and reserves to Aysgarth FallsCow & Calf rocks, Fountains Abbey, Beningborough Hall and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Last Autumn the bird that made my season was the bullfinch, as well as in my own garden a ‘bellowing of bullfinches’ could be seen in hedgerows everywhere across Yorkshire. RSPB St Aidan’s was a particularly good spot to see them.

The arrival of geese is another wonderful bird spectacle that can be seen in Autumn. You can’t fail to smile when you hear their wonderful honking in the distance, look up to see huge skeins of v formations. Migration is one of nature’s marvels, and we still know so little about it.

Canada Geese migration.


It’s also a great time of year to see birds that are shy and usually difficult to spot. Once the leaves have turned and dropped bullfinch, nuthatch and great spotted woodpecker are much easier to see. We saw them across Yorkshire, from Golden Acre Park in Leeds, to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and Fountains Abbey in North Yorkshire.

My ‘Autumn In Yorkshire’ print was one of the most enjoyable and hardest to create, I had so many paintings that I could have used it was hard choosing which to include. I ended up making a ‘Pocket Hitchhiker’s’ postcard set and print to include more of my autumnal sketches (pocket hitchhiker’s being those tiny treasures, shiny conkers, and leaves that end up in our pockets after a walk) and a fungi postcard to include all the fungi I spotted in Autumn.


Autumn Pocket Hitchhikers Print by Raspberry Thief


Wrap up warm, get outside and enjoy the beautiful season that is Autumn.

You can find my Autumn In Yorkshire print and other seasonal prints in my Etsy shop.


Autumn In Yorkshire Print by Raspberry Thief


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Angela Hennessy

@raspberrythief

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