An Autumn Walk

Put your virtual walking shoes on and join me on my morning walk for the Guardian in rural Fife.

Autumn Trees

We’ve had so much rain recently, it’s very wet underfoot and my expensive wellies didn’t last long before the heel split so for me it’s a wet walk eventually as the dampness penetrates my two pairs of socks, at least virtual walkers don’t have that to contend with! I refuse to buy another pair of expensive but useless wellies.

Autumn Trees

The trees are probably at their best just now, soon the leaves will be battered to the ground by rain or wind.
Autumn Trees

Autumn Trees

It’s not only the trees that are providing interest at the moment, various fungi are doing their thing too. It has been a great year for them due to the very wet summer we had; puffballs appeared in my garden in June, they’re a pain in the neck.


I think these ones are Cantharellus cibarius, apparently edible but I’d be too scared to try them just in case they’re poisonous.

mushrooms , fungi

I think the one below is Grifola frondosa, edible but with a mouse-like smell!


I think the one below is a Coprinus comatus, edible unless the gills have started to liquefy! The camera didn’t pick it up but this one looked really beautiful as the raindrops encased all around it like diamonds and pearls, but even better.

mushrooms , fungi

Back to the path and the acers are looking grand.


acer, Japanese Maple, autumn

acer, Japanese maple

Walking under the trees here is special and I can see why doctors have started to prescribe patients a course of woodland walks to help their mental health.

autumn trees

There aren’t quite enough leaves here to dance along while scuffing through them, I’ll have to wait a bit for that harmless but daft bit of seasonal fun. I hope you enjoyed your walk with me.

autumn leaves

8 thoughts on “An Autumn Walk

  1. Beautiful photos – sharp and clear details and glorious colour.
    Fungus that smells of mouse is not s selling-point for me!
    Sorry about your boot splitting, most unsatisfactory; can they be returned?
    Shinrin-yoku, the practice of “Forest Bathing” – beneficial in numerous ways.

    • Valerie,
      Thanks. I should have kept the receipt for those wellies then I could have taken them back, I just never thought I’d have a problem with them. I was trying to think what the correct name was so I’m so glad you knew it is Forest Bathing. I thought it was originally a Scandinavian thing but presumably Shinrin-yoku is Japanese.

  2. Thanks for that delightful walk through the beautiful foliage and interesting fungi! My husband and I recently enjoyed a camping trip to the Appalachian mountains where the leaves were just gorgeous, but it’s great that you have such loveliness so close to your home.

    • Paula,
      We are lucky to live in a fairly rural area, but even before we moved here we were close to a great Victorian park with lovely trees. I have a blogpal who lives in the Appalachians and from what I’ve seen that area looks lovely, I’m glad you managed to have a change of scene this year.

  3. You’re welcome to come over and shuffle through the leaves on our patio. Jack’s just blown leaves off the balcony and flat roof, so, in some places on the patio, the leaves are almost knee deep!

    • Stefanie,
      It is a nice area and the morning walk of a couple of miles keeps us fit, I hope! That sounds quite pathetic compared with your cycling!

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