Living in Southampton, we are not far at all from the New Forest National Park, so it is somewhere we enjoy spending time whenever we get the chance.
The weekend before last, on a whim, we decided to wake up early (on a Sunday I might add, we must be mad!), and head to the New Forest not long after sunrise.
What we hadn’t anticipated was for it to be the coldest Autumn day so far, and for there to be a widespread frost! We soon realised however that this could be to our advantage in terms of pretty photography, so we layered up and headed on out.
We first stopped at the little river site near Balmer Lawn Hotel in Brockenhurst. The water was so still near to the bridge that we could glimpse perfect reflections of the surrounding nature in its mirror-like surface.
I know, I know, Autumn is all that everyone seems to be talking about at the moment, but seriously, is there much better in the world than walking over crunchy, rust-coloured leaves and seeing a path cut ahead of you, coloured in copper and mahogany, and sparkling gently in the early morning sun?
Containing a huge variety of trees and other plant life, including oaks, yews, beech, holly and heather, the New Forest is every forest-lover’s dream.
Something about this rusty, battered old padlock caught my eye. It’s like a relic from a forgotten time, where this particular gate was once the entrance to something mysterious.
Whilst beautiful as they are, I can’t help but feel a little sad as I gaze upon the piles of felled logs, ready to be shipped off to new lives as other objects.
The trees seem to have suddenly shed the majority of their foliage in the last week, the frosts have laid their icy touch upon the countryside, and winter seems decidedly upon us.
Lucky that we have plenty of cosy blankets and rich hot chocolate at home to keep us warm and snug!
Have you guys been enjoying the Autumn frosts in your local area?
If you enjoyed this post, why not check out our vlog from our frosty morning in the New Forest and trip to West Quay in search of the perfect gloves!