Weekly Photo challenge “Fall” – Hedgerow Harvest

This weeks (now last week’s) WordPress Photo challenge is “Fall” or Autumn. When I saw this week’s theme I thought great! We are in England and the leaves are turning wonderful shades of gold and amber. The leaves are falling from the trees so I wanted to photograph them floating in the wind. Well, that was the idea! In practice an hour later and nothing! Is to do with shutter speed? Anyway, I was walking back down the country lane feeling quite dejected when I spotted many different berries in the hedgerows.

Autumn's Hedgerow Harvest

Autumn's Hedgerow Harvest

When I was a child we used the seeds from the Rose hips as “itching powder”. We thought it great fun to put the seeds in people’s clothes.
Rosehips in the hedgerow

Rosehips in the hedgerow

Is it true if there is a bumper crop of wild berries it will be a hard winter?
A feast of berries in the hedgerow

A feast of berries in the hedgerow

I love foraging for blackberries and then make a blackberry and apple tart. In the Algarve I have not noticed any discernible difference in the foliage and certainly not an Autumn harvest of berries. Some of my favourite “Fall” photographs by fellow bloggers Spirit Lights the Way Walk A Mile In My Shoes Enjoy Creating One Wild and Precious Life

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40 responses to “Weekly Photo challenge “Fall” – Hedgerow Harvest

  1. I used to love walking in the country picking and eating the blackberry when i was younger.

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  2. I love to photograph berries, your photos are great. I have a hankering for a blackberry pie….. and we do not have wild blackberries here in Ontario.

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  3. Christine Grote

    I tried to capture a photo of a leaf falling to the ground last year. Impossible. I know how you feel.

    There must be a way. Have you figured it out yet?

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  4. Beautiful berries, PiP! Enjoy all the fall colors.

    I know that I’ve captured some wonderful shots of fall leaves (in New England and the mountains) . . . but I don’t know if any were fall-ing leaves.

    Good luck.

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  5. I think a bumper crop of berries has more to do with the type of spring and summer the plants have had, and possibly the previous winter, rather than a prediction of the future….

    But when your horse grows an extra thick winter coat…. look out!

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  6. Falling leaves … tricky! Using flash will freeze the movement if within range of the flash. Using a tripod and a slower shutter speed, without flash, may convey the movement better and appear more natural and dynamic. Good luck!

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  7. I also stood for ages trying to capture a falling leaf, all I can say is thank goodness for digital, had it been film I would have wasted a lot of it in my unsuccessful quest. Your berries and rosehips are great.

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  8. I hope that’s not true about a hard winter 😦

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    • Hi Tilly,
      Acording to Hortophile above, no. The weather people forecast a hard winter in the UK this winter. Last winter was bad enough I had to cancel my flight because of the snow! Hope its not the same this year

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  9. I have a freezer full of blackberries 🙂 yum!!

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  10. I love the berries… and that they have so many makes me wonder too… Hopefully, the bumper crop is just that; an abundance of blessings!
    Enjoy your time. 🙂

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  11. The blackberries look juicy and divine!

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  12. Thanks for the link too, Piglet!

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  13. cool pics how long are you in england? do you go often?

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  14. mmm, I love those tasty blackberries: Fresh, in a cobbler, in jelly or most any old way. Yum!
    Great photos and thoughts for the Fall photo theme.
    Thanks for the mention and link. You’re so sweet to do that. 🙂

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  15. Blackberries, how yummy! We had wild bushes in the village where we lived in Portugal (near Viseu) and I enjoyed going for walks and picking and eating them straight off the bush.

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  16. Berries are probably my favorite fruit. We had dewberry vines when I was growing up. I’ve never seen them since, but your photos remind me of them!

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    • Hi Rose,
      Berries are also probably my favourite fruit…as you know with strawberries. However, blueberries, loganberries, cranberries etc seem to be very expensive here in Portugal. Perhaps they are just not very popular.
      I think I may try to grow some.

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  17. Lisa (Woman Wielding Words)

    Lovely pictures. Sorry I haven’t been around for a while to comment, but I’m back. It is hard to get leaves as they fall, but someday you will get a lucky shot I’m sure.

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  18. PiP, these are lovely. I felt like I was there, picking berries with you.

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  19. Very nice shots indeed. I love grazing off bushes like this when I go for my autumn walks

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  20. i love these – you are so lucky to have hedgerows of berries
    yummy

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  21. Your post makes me think of when I lived in the country-sure do miss those strolls across the grassy fields. Nice photos – your lucky to be able to have fresh berries within reach-they look delicious !!

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  22. Beautiful photos. They give a promise of a delicious dessert in the very near future!

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  23. Those rosehips are amazing! I think that photo actually does the real thing justice (and I think rosehips are about the prettiest thing on earth 🙂

    Beautiful, Piglet!

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