The Most Beautiful Trees I’ve Ever Seen

For many years, a visit to New England in the fall has sat resolutely at the top of my bucket list. Every time we came close to booking, a new expense would surface and we’d put the trip on the back burner. In my mind this was the only place worth visiting to experience the stunning show rolled out each year by mother nature. A chance trip proved me wrong.

On a complete whim (and I don’t even remember who suggested it) we decided to visit a parkland a few miles from home. I usually tend to avoid formal gardens, preferring instead the untamed forests, moors and flaking coastal cliffs.

We parked up, handed over the entry fee (no we didn’t want a ride on the train) and emerged through the barrier into a scene of total beauty.

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It’s so easy to take your locality for granted and feel that in order to experience beauty and splendour we must leap on a plane to far flung destinations.

Don’t overlook the magic of what’s in your own backyard. Sometimes, everything you seek is much closer than you think.

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  • traceygrady

    The timing of your visit was very lucky for catching such rich colours. I’m glad you found such a great opportunity to appreciate the beauty there is so close to home.
    I had this realisation when I took an extended trip through Europe some years ago, then returned home to Australia and went for a walk along the beach: such beautiful beaches and a striking coastline a short distance from where I lived.

    • KarenGuttridge

      Hi Tracey – you’re right – I was spot on with the timing of my visit (though I didn’t realise it at the time!) I guess we always assume there is bigger and better out there but sometimes all that’s required is to look at your home surroundings with fresh eyes :-)

  • Vanessa Terrell

    You’re right, they are beautiful,they just jumped off the screen. Thanks for sharing such beauty!

    • KarenGuttridge

      Hi Vanessa – Glad you enjoyed them – I wanted to post an uplifting set of pics. Good for the soul! :-)

  • http://twitter.com/denyskelley Denys Kelley

    Beautiful! Love the colors. And you’re right- there is magic in our backyards.

    • KarenGuttridge

      Hi Denys – I love colourful images as I’m convinced they cheer me up! I still hanker after that trip to New England though… :-)

  • Jenni Burgan

    You may not think of yourself as a photographer, but the act of taking photographs that inspire you and others makes you one. Wonderful photographs! Thank you for sharing such beautiful inspiration.

    • KarenGuttridge

      How lovely – thank you! You’ve given me the inspiration to strap on the camera tomorrow :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/katieskiltonbaylis Katie Skilton

    Wonderful post and very true. Your photographs are gorgeous

    • KarenGuttridge

      Thank you Katie :-) I received a new camera for Christmas so no excuse not to get out there and practise!

  • Phoebe Thomas

    Stunning! I clicked through to the Facebook album and was completely blown away by the rich colours and gorgeous light. How lucky for you to discover this and how lucky for us that you shared your pictures!

    • KarenGuttridge

      I do feel lucky to have been there at the right time – some of my favourite shots ever!