Of leaf and feather

No.19 is my series of inspirations for my hungry soul is the beautiful Autumn colours in crispy leaves and the soft feathers of a pheasant. I love the hues of Autumn as the leaves turn and flutter to the ground. The hedgerows are also alive with pheasants and sadly, since they have no road sense whatsoever, many a pheasant meets a sticky end on the country lanes.

It was one such poor chap that I found by the roadside and brought home to marvel at and photograph. The patterns in his feathers are just incredible – nature’s artistry at its most creative. How can you not be in complete awe!

pheasant feather wing

Short feathers of the neck and breast leading into the wing

pheasant neck feather

Close up of breast feathers

pheasant back feather

Feathers on his back

male pheasant

How incredible are these feathers!

pheasant head feathers

Beautiful  colours of his head

Pheasant feathers also remind me of a tongue twister that my Dad used say very fast – and accurately (just as well!) – when I was a kid. Give it a try 😉

I’m not a pheasant plucker
I’m a pheasant plucker’s son
I keep on plucking pheasants
Til the pheasant plucking’s done.

Crispy leaves

I love the way the colour of the Autumn leaves tones so beautifully with the pheasant feathers. Anyone would think nature had planned it that way.

A slightly less risqué piece of poetry to celebrate the Autumn leaves is Colours of Autumn by Jim Foulk. Here is an excerpt to introduce the crisp leaves

The Autumn colors
such a splendid marvel
painted all around me
covers me with
feelings of compassion
knowing this beauty
that surrounds me, 
is only for a short time
until all the land, 
will be barren 
on this spot, 
where I stand. 

autumn leaves

Dried leaf starting to curl

autumn leaves

Colours of Autumn

autumn leaves

Just loving these crispy browns and reds


Autumn hedgerows

To conclude, here are some pictures I took today of the hedgerows, leaves turning, lichen building on the twigs and blackberries bursting with flavour. I must get out picking some this weekend.


Blackberries – fruits of the Autumn

hawthorn leaves

Hawthorn leaves starting to turn


Lichen growing on the Hawthorn twigs

hawthorn berries

Berries ripened, leaves turning


Comments & Responses

6 Responses so far.

  1. Beautiful! Will look with new eyes tomorrow. Thank you!
    Stunning plumage on the bird.

  2. Ahhh … I so love Autumn. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  3. Trudy says:

    So heartfelt and beautiful, Tina. Thankyou

  4. Tina B says:

    Thank you for taking the time to comment Trudy 🙂

  5. Tina B says:

    I do too Kama, although the darker nights are not my favourite. Although it does mean I can do my star gazing earlier in the evening 🙂

  6. Tina B says:

    Isn’t he gorgeous, Rosemary. I love the amazing colours of male pheasants, wild and ornamental.

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