Photos: Autumn on Hilly Fields, Brockley


A light drizzle on Hilly FieldsThe red bushArch of treesAutumn sunTrees and leavesThe Halloween tree
Yellow leavesTurning leavesTowards sunsetThe bare tree

Autumn on Hilly Fields, Brockley, a set on Flickr.

With the wheel of the year turning from autumn to winter, the days getting shorter, the cold settling in, and the leaves first of all turning from green to yellows, oranges and reds, and then falling from the trees, I wanted to make sure that I made available some of my photos capturing these changes before winter firmly takes over.

In my ongoing project to photograph the whole of London by bike, in which I recently marked the publication of my first 1,000 photos in 50 sets, I have been out and about relentlessly as the summer gave way to autumn, and now as autumn is giving way to winter, but I have found it impossible to upload the photos to keep up with my productivity. I now have 217 sets of photos to upload — over 4,500 photos in total — taken from mid-July to yesterday, capturing this extraordinary city in bright sunlight, in the rain and the mist, in the early morning, at noon, in the late afternoon and at night, and at all points of the compass, to add to the 1,000 already posted.

In the last few weeks, I have made available photos I took in July, August and September, but none from October, so to remedy that I’m publishing five sets that are rooted in this particular time of year. I began with some Halloween photos, and am now following up with a photo set from Hilly Fields, the hill-top park in Brockley, south east London, near where I live, which was saved from developers in the late 19th century by philanthropists including Octavia Hill, one of the founders of the National Trust.

This wonderful space, which has a stone circle erected for the Millennium, and wonderful views south to Blythe Hill Fields and Forest Hill, and east to Lewisham, as well as glimpses of Blackheath, Shooters Hill, the O2 on Greenwich peninsula, and also the towers of Canary Wharf, is a wonderful seasonal barometer — like all parks, of course — and I was delighted to find some time, on October 24, to pay a brief visit as an autumnal sun began its slow descent to a golden sunset, and the turning leaves were a riot of fire or pale decay — a fugue or a last frenzy of life and colour, in every shade imaginable of yellows, oranges and reds.

Andy Worthington is the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (published by Pluto Press, distributed by Macmillan in the US, and available from Amazon — click on the following for the US and the UK) and of two other books: Stonehenge: Celebration and Subversion and The Battle of the Beanfield. To receive new articles in your inbox, please subscribe to my RSS feed — and I can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, Digg, Flickr (my photos) and YouTube. Also see my definitive Guantánamo prisoner list, updated in April 2012, “The Complete Guantánamo Files,” a 70-part, million-word series drawing on files released by WikiLeaks in April 2011, and details about the documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” (co-directed by Polly Nash and Andy Worthington, and available on DVD here — or here for the US). Also see my definitive Guantánamo habeas list and the chronological list of all my articles, and please also consider joining the new “Close Guantánamo campaign,” and, if you appreciate my work, feel free to make a donation.

7 Responses

  1. Andy Worthington says...

    On Facebook, Dejanka Bryant wrote:

    So beautiful, all of them, Andy.

  2. Andy Worthington says...

    Remmic Lewis wrote:

    So that is how you keep your sanity, time in nature! 🙂

  3. Andy Worthington says...

    Thank you, Dejanka, for the lovely comments. And Remmic, I think it might be how I’m regaining my sanity!

  4. Andy Worthington says...

    Ruth Gilburt wrote:

    my camera isn’t good enough, so luckily we have you Andy 😉 …the sunsets in particular are stunning x

  5. Andy Worthington says...

    Thanks, Ruth. Glad you’re enjoying the photos! The light on the day I took these photos was particularly amazing, I thought. I don’t generally recall ochre-coloured skies …!

  6. Andy Worthington says...

    Christopher John Webster wrote:

    Ravishing… especially “Arch…”

  7. Andy Worthington says...

    Thanks, Chris. Very glad you’re enjoying the photos!

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