Autumn Sunrise in Mid Devon

This morning I woke up to this delicious view of Autumn perfectness. An ombre of hues from blue and brown seeped into the hazy dew of the lingering fog. It was like sleepy cotton wool rolling along the valley floor.

Autumn Sunrise in Mid Devon. Autumn view at sunrise in Devon by Photographer Becky Craven
Autumn Sunrise in Mid Devon. Autumn view across the fields showing rolling fog and sun light at sunrise in Devon by Photographer Becky Craven

I drank in this view.

I took time to breathe slowly.

To feel the cold air on the tip of my nose, knowing these days are soon to be over.

It will be winter soon, but I am still hanging on to the idea it might just be summer/ autumn for one more day.

I do not enjoy autumn at all, it’s messy and sludgy and the biggest issue I have with autumn is that it stole summer.


Although these photos are idyllic,

I have to say that all is not perfect in my world this week, as I am running fast with work items, lots of deadlines to meet before next week and juggling a really poorly kid.

So you will note that I am posting these almost 12 hours after I took them.

That life sometimes eh?

But better late than never.

5 Facts about Autumn:

  1. In Greek mythology, autumn began when Persephone was abducted by Hades to be the Queen of the Underworld. In distress Persephone’s mother, Demeter (the goddess of the harvest), caused all the crops on Earth to die until her daughter was allowed to return, marking spring.
  2. In England, we typically think of ‘fall’ as the North American version of the word ‘autumn’, but it was in fact in widespread usage in England until relatively recently. Originally a shortening of the phrase fall of the leaf, the phrase was common in England in the 17th century. The word autumn entered English from the French automne and didn’t become common usage until the 18th century.
  3. There are two different dates when autumn could be said to begin. Autumn, as defined by the Earth’s orbit around the Sun, begins on the equinox which falls on 22 or 23 September. However, to record climate data, it is important to have set dates that can be compared, so meteorological autumn always begins on 1 September.
  4. Chlorophyll (one of my most favourite words from A-level Biology) is the chemical which makes tree leaves green and as it declines other chemicals become more prominent in the leaves. These are responsible for the vibrant ambers, reds and yellows of autumn. The chemicals responsible are types of flavonoids, carotenoids and anthocyanins. Did you know some of these chemicals are the same ones that give carrots (beta-carotene) and egg yolks (lutein) their colours?
  5. The word equinox comes from the Latin equi (meaning equal) and nox (meaning night) accounting for the equinox marking the time when day and night are of equal length. We often notice the nights begin to draw in from this point as after the autumn equinox, the nights are longer than the days, until this is reversed at the spring equinox.

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