Death and decay on an urban pavement: the year closes down, and trees prepare for the dark, cold months ahead.  But, as always, with the knowledge that Spring’s brightenings and warmths are drawing ever closer too.

I lived on the equator, in Kenya, for some years.  In those parts, day lengths are always about 12 hours, the sun is always more or less overhead, sunrises and sets are always quite high speed affairs, and rather than summer, autumn etc, each year has two wet and two dry seasons.  When I eventually returned to England, just about 30 years ago, I was at first appalled by the winter sun sitting so low in the sky, and the cold and wet of the grey winter days – but there was no option but to make the best of things and get through them.  In the long years since then, however, I have come to appreciate all of the seasons (I suppose autumn is my favourite, just) and, in particular, to be out and about – with a camera – when light levels are subdued.

There is an earlier post on this theme of death and decay here .

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Technique: Z 6 with 24-120 Nikkor lens at 120mm; 3200 ISO; in-camera processing of the raw file, including use of the Graphite profile; further processing in Lightroom; Weston-super-Mare, Somerset; 8 Nov 2019.

About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for many types of subject, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.


  1. bluebrightly says:

    Great minds think alike, etc. Well narrated, my friend. I was thinking about equal days and nights in equatorial places yesterday….less than a month to go now before the daylight increases again, slowly. I agree about the low light, it’s beautiful. But the days are too damned short. 🙂


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, equatorial living – we never talked about the weather as much as the English do because, mostly, the weather was pretty predictable – LOL! esp the days that started off cloudless blue, in which clouds started to build up during the day as the moisture was sucked up from the ground >>> only to return to the ground in an often cataclysmic thunder storm about 4pm!!!

      The days are short now and, liking to out and about early, I’ve got some yellow driving glasses which help reduce glare from headlights when driving in the dark. My father used similar ones many decades back.


  2. Meanderer says:

    Love this: the orientation; the strong grid lines; and of course the leaf. A very strong image.

    I love Autumn too – although the low light levels get to me, especially as it has been so rainy and overcast here for what seems like ages. With no frosts in these parts, as yet, there are still Summer flowers blooming in the garden; feels weird.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Glad you like it, M, thank you. We’ve had several quite hard frosts here, very few if any flowers about now – strange as we’re not really that far away from you, and not at any great altitude either.

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      • Meanderer says:

        We seem to have our own micro-climate. It’s generally windy with a lot of sunshine (not at present though!) and mild nights. Frost doesn’t seem on the horizon (as it were) for the foreseeable future so I’m wondering if I’ll be reporting Summer flowers in December.

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  3. I like the dark grid of the pavement as a strong background for the solitary leaf; great in B&W. Bit early for the weekend, but cheers anyway.. 🙂


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