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“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today we ventured down the Grand Avenue in Savernake Forest. Until recently I didn’t know that it existed, but it was highlighted in Outdoor Photography Magazine (their Autumn Special) as being the place to go for Autumn shots.

The entrance to the avenue is flanked by two huge pillars and a sign that states vehicles should not venture any further. However a sign inside the entrance advises that public proceed at their own risk since it’s not an official highway.

So, proceeding cautiously for it was full of potholes, we began our exploration. The Avenue is 5.7 miles long and is the longest avenue of Beech Trees in the country. Whilst the road is straight, it dips low and then rises up into the forest high, so there’s no chance of getting a miles long shot but still, it was very pretty.

About halfway down the Avenue was an area where eight radial drives led off the main road. This was laid by Capability Brown, a famous English Landscape Architect in the 1700s. It made for an interesting design off of the main road.

We also stopped at Wilton Windmill on the way home. It’s in Wiltshire and is located on the ridge between the villages of Wilton and Great Bedwyn – the names around there are lovely I think. It dates back to 1821.

However it’s current unmanned most of the time now and visitors just let themselves into the area it stands in and wander freely. However flour made from wheat that has been grown locally is still produced at the mill. It was very quiet today though!

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“The feeling you get on the first real day of autumn, when the air is crisp and the leaves are all flaring at the edges and the wind smells just vaguely of smoke – like the end and the beginning of something all at once.” – Lauren Oliver

I’m pushing for Autumn to be here – and it almost is. Just under a week until the season officially begins and I’ve been hunting out leaves with that tell tale orange tint and red hue to them.

So far, I haven’t been disappointed. The weather is cooling nicely, the heating has been switched on (I mentioned that yesterday) and it even has started to smell colder. You know the kind of smell, earthy, bit of a brisk wind with a hint of leafy decay. I’m not imagining it I swear!

There are just 107 days left of this challenge before I have officially photographed every day for a year. Sometimes, it becomes a way of life to snap some shots and put a few words to it. Often it gets a little harder. The challenge, at the beginning, sounded easy.

But now I feel like I have some standards to uphold. I’ve set a precedent, some days, with the images I’ve captured and occasionally (or quite often) it can be a fairly hard act to follow!

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