Autumn has arrived, meaning social media is awash with status updates from disgruntled people who wish it was still summer, can’t get warm and are sick of the rain already. The sudden drop in temperature might tempt you to stay indoors, but head outside and you’ll find stunning scenery. Autumn is, after all, one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. We’ve compiled a gorgeous gallery of some of autumn’s most impressive aesthetic treats to inspire you. Now: wrap up warm, head outside and see the limited edition beauty before it’s gone. Then come home to a cosy house, comfy sofa and warming food. Bliss!
1. Climbing the Walls
This cottage in Wales looks stunning, enveloped as it is in beautiful climbing plants.
2. Pretty Portmeirion
You could be forgiven for thinking this breathtaking photograph was taken in the Far East, but it’s Wales, again. This is the Chinese Lake, tucked in the woodland at picturesque coastal village, Portmeirion.
3. Work of Art
At Yorkshire Sculpture Park, these rust-coloured sculptures blend in beautifully with their surroundings.
4. Leaf it to the Experts
As if autumn didn’t look good enough as nature intended, several artists work with the fiery colours it provides to create stunning results. Perhaps the most well-known of these is Andy Goldsworthy, who made this breathtaking piece.
5. It’s All in the Detail
Land artist Walter Mason is behind this intricate piece.
6. More Goldsworthy
This piece by Any Goldsworthy shows the full spectrum of leaf shades.
7. The Cycle of Leaf
Photographer Martin Hill created this work, Autumn Life Cycle, on a river.
8. Clever Cutting
Inspired by a caterpillar munching a leaf, Spanish artist Lorenzo Duran began cutting incredible, detailed designs into autumn foliage.
9. Chinar from China
Duran’s work is similar to the remarkable Chinese art of Chinar leaf carving. Leaves from the Chinar tree are preserved and artists carve the delicate top layers of the leaf, taking great care to keep the veins intact.
We couldn’t make a post about autumn without mentioning giant pumpkins! Here, a baby girl is sitting atop a gargantuan pumpkin weighing over 1100 pounds, grown by Ian and Stuart Paton at Pine Tops Nursery, Hampshire.
11. Strange Fruit
Pumpkins means pumpkin carving – but talented Ray Villafane’s designs beat your average Jack-o-lantern hands down.
Sometimes, it’s the simplest of images that blow you away. In Japan, the sunlight shining through these lovely leaves contrasts wonderfully against the silhouette of the trunk.
13. Mountain and Maples
Japan, again; here, a reddened maple festoons the view of Fuji.
14. Central Park
Fall in New York, and the riot of colour in Central Park brings brightness to an otherwise grey cityscape.
15. Wonderful Wicklow
Mount Usher Gardens in County Wicklow are positively glowing in this gorgeous snap.
16. Loch at That
In this resplendent view of a Scottish loch, the autumn colours are mirrored in the water, creating double the beauty.
17. Water View
More remarkable reflections in the Lake District.
18. Oh Deer
Autumn is rutting season for deer. If you’re lucky enough to live near a herd, it’s worth watching them (from afar) as they compete for mates. This stag at Richmond Park in London is sporting an elaborate bracken crown. Puts the average stag do fancy dress theme to shame. Photograph by Mark Smith.
19. Pretty Fly
It’s not just the trees that are colourful in autumn; mushrooms and toadstools come in all sorts of dazzling shades. One of the most famous funghis of all is the Fly Agaric, which despite its fairytale appearance, is extremely poisonous.
20. Bracken the Game
The sun illuminates burnished bracken in Eskdale, Cumbria, in complete contrast to the angry skies behind.
21. Everything’s Rosy
In early autumn, the first trees to turn stand out from the still-lush green, as this photograph, taken in Dublin, shows.
22. It’s a Grower
Another Irish beauty, this snap shows a building clad in gleaming leaves.
One of the most attractive autumn plants is the Virginia Creeper, shown here clinging to the walls of the Morritt Country House Hotel, County Durham.
24. Bird’s Eye View
Photographer Kacper Kowalski specialises in images taken from above – and this stunner is a magnificent example.
25. Flying High
Perhaps the most mesmerising views of autumn forests are those taken from above.
26. Grape View
With their uniform rows of plants, autumn vineyards look every inch the patchwork quilt when snapped from above.
27. Falling in Love
Tourists flock to America’s New England every fall, to experience the region’s signature autumnal hues.
28. Those Old Chestnuts
In 2008, British brothers Mason and Jordan Latter wowed the world with their colossal collection of 7500 conkers, gathered in only a fortnight (with a little help from their friends.)
29. Remember, Remember
Every year on the 5th November, Lewes in Sussex, England, hosts the largest Bonfire Night celebration in the world.