An ode to the season

As we head into the second half of November, autumn plays out its last hand before the arrival of winter in the northern hemisphere.

So let's enjoy the last burst of colour before the cold winds undress the trees and the first snows gird them in white.

Naturalist Richard Mabey has written a lyrical examination of the season in the on-line edition of The Guardian. The headline reads, "A Season of Splendour. Some people find autumn a sad time of year. They couldn't possibly be more wrong."

His essay moves easily from literature to science and is a joy to read.

You can read Mabey's reflection on autumn here.

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