Not far from where I live is a small copse of trees that stand out from their surroundings. I often look at them as they help me track the changing seasons, from leaf burst through to leaf fall and on into the dormancy of winter. Driving by recently my wife was wowed by the fulsome berry crop on some rowans. “It looks like it’s going to be a hard winter”, she said.
I particularly like rowan trees. I like the way their leaves change from lush green to golden yellow and on to a deep red before heading ground ward. I also like the way these hardy trees can twist and turn as the wind prunes them into natural sculptures.
I particularly like the bunches of lush red berries that appear each autumn. They grab my eye, as any patch of red does, and become an almost default focal point in a photograph. In fact, so significant is even a small dose of bright red in a photograph that rowan berries can even survive my creative endeavours and still make a significant focal point.
Autumn is such a wonderful season for photographers. It is colourful, it is glorious, it’s ever-changing and its berry harvest makes it the all-round juiciest of the seasons. As for whether an above average berry crop actually indicates that a colder than average winter is coming – I wouldn’t like to say.