What to look for in Autumn

Yesterday marked the ‘official’ start date of autumn and rain and gloomy skies have made a prompt appearance! But autumn can be lovely – and here is the book that should accompany you on your walks, even if only from your armchair!

cover of 'What to Look For in Autumn' Ladybird book

The text by E.L. Grant is ambling, yet informative. But what makes this extra special are the the evocative illustrations
by C.F. Tunnicliffe, RA (1901-1979), who was one of the acclaimed wildlife illustrators of his time.

I will mostly let the illustrations speak for themselves but there are also excerpts of the text. Look and Learn!

illustration showing Kingfisher, eels and long-tailed tits in marshland
Kingfisher, eels and long-tailed tits in marshland
illustration showing a field mouse, meadow saffron, ink-cap toadstool and sycamore leaves
A field mouse, meadow saffron, ink-cap toadstool and sycamore leaves
illustration showing a Weasel, chestnuts, sycamore 'spinners' and wood-blewit toadstool
Weasel, chestnuts, sycamore ‘spinners’ and wood-blewit toadstool
illustration showing A woodpecker and a tree-creeper on a birch tree. Razor-strop fungus is killing the birch tree. A yew tree with red berries and fly-ageric toadstools can also be seen.
A woodpecker and a tree-creeper on a birch tree. Razor-strop fungus is killing the birch tree. A yew tree with red berries and fly-ageric toadstools can also be seen.
2 pages from 'What to look for in Autumn'. One page text, the other an illustration of starlings and greenfinches eating berries.
2 pages from 'What to look for in Autumn'. One page text, the other an illustration of a grown swan and 3 cyngets on a pond. A man and dog walking towards farmhouses in the background
illustration of cows in an autumn gale
cattle in a gale – with fallen tree which gives shelter to magpies and starlings

It’s not quite time for storms and gales – here’s a soft goodbye from summer (taken yesterday) to gently ease you into the ‘cooler’ time of year.

Cambridge Botanical Gardens- 22 September 2020

7 thoughts on “What to look for in Autumn

  1. The Ladybird books are just so adorable with their illustrations, and bring back many happy memories whenever I see them. Really must try and find the handful I still have and grab some pics. I like the text here too – it goes into a lot of detail about nature but keeps it simple, and the artist has put so many elements of nature into each piece. Yes, real gems the Ladybird books. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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