Best of the Month


Forgotten Bench Green Wall Road

“In November, some birds move away and some birds stay. The air is full of good-byes and well-wishes. The birds who are leaving look very serious. No silly spring chirping now. They have long journeys and must watch where they are going. The staying birds are serious, too, for cold times lie ahead. Hard times. All berries will be treasures.”

Cynthia Rylant

Best of the Month – of November 2022

Hawthorn over the River stour

Seasonal Coloring

Kaleidoscopic dreams
Swirl down to the sea–
Violet, sunflower, teal;
Love and lust and need
Are subsumed endlessly
In a relentless stream.


Dew-frosted leaves
Gift us a living evergreen
Reminder of impermanency.
As love’s summer heat
Fades to autumn mystique,
We watch our breath escape,
Our illusions dissipate,
And desperately lock down our dreams.


In a bleak November
Across frozen skies,
Comes the dragon rising
Through silvered mists of time.
His mighty wings rumble
Past blackened branches,
Faintly illuminated
By tear-streaked moonlight.


Rain-kissed blossoms,
Wake with pink petals unfurled,
Craving a taste of the world.
Memories fade,
What-ifs begin to play,
And bountiful gold floods the morning.


© Paula Light

Music – No Worries

Welcome to Best of the Month

I take hundreds of photographs each and every month – either out and about walking around the town of Sandwich or around Kent county where l live, whilst in the garden or the allotment or even when volunteering.

I take photographs of all sorts of things as well, from the typical and the normal to the more unusual or the quirky to the ‘ooh that’s different’.

This series is literally about moments l have captured during my travels whilst out with my cameras that l thought other people may appreciate also.

I hope you’ll enjoy the series.

Check out – Best of the Month Directory

November 2022

Hiding Blackbird
Closeup Hawthorn Berries

November, like October, has been a busy month, but also both a wet or, l should say, ‘very wet, damp and cold month. It’s still ongoing, too. According to the forecasts, we have more rain to fall before we see the end of the Month itself.

Suze and l haven’t been out for many wild walks this Month; l think the number is six. But again, like last Month, we have been busy and highly active inside and outside the house. Working on or with the Willow garden and the Worm Farming have been the main projects for November. I, too, have been busy with the building at Gazen Salts.

A lot of rain has fallen for the entire Month so far, and whilst that has hindered specific tasks or walks, it has meant that Suze and l have been out in the garden on any drier spells or weather days. The allotment has yet to see much of us, and to date, we have been there only for six hours over three days. It is mostly dropping stuff off.

According to my camera counters, l have taken a total of 700 photographs so far this Month, and of that, l have kept back about 20% and utilised them in the various posts, or l have them in the vaults ready to use for future posts. However, l kept a few back for this Month’s Best of the Month. So l hope you enjoy them.

Fungi and Flora

Unknown Fungi
The UK alone has some 15,000 species of listed fungi – all l know with some accuracy is that this is a capped variety.

Firethorn
Pyracantha is a genus of large, thorny evergreen shrubs in the family Rosaceae, with common names firethorn or pyracantha.
Wikipedia

Ditch Reed
Phragmites australis, known as the common reed, is a species of plant. It is a broadly distributed wetland grass that can grow up to 20 feet tall. 
Wikipedia

Landscape and Walks

The Butts
Ropewalk Willows
Sunrise Ropewalk
River Stour
River Stour Fisherman’s Wharf
St Clement’s Churchyard
Horse-Chestnut Tree

Freckles Clematis

Freckles Clematis, Winter Flowering
Clematis cirrhosa var. purpurescens Freckles

Selected Best of November Photograph

Clematis cirrhosa is a species of flowering plant in the family Ranunculaceae, native to the Mediterranean. It includes the ‘Freckles’, ‘Wisley Cream’ and ‘Jingle Bells’ cultivars, with ‘Freckles’ and ‘Wisley Cream’ having gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.
 Wikipedia

I spotted this clematis bush on the outside of the allotment overhanging a private residence fence and thought they were gorgeous and was captivated by the freckling and the colour.



Designs – Earthly Comforts – Inspired by Nature – see collection here

Published by The Autistic Composter

Howdy Folks, Earthly Comforts is a broad niche wildlife journaling scrapbook focusing on the countryside, wildlife biodiversity and environmental conservation, flora and fauna volunteering projects, gardening, composting and vermiculture, also known as ‘worm farming and photography too.

15 thoughts on “Best of the Month

  1. Handy Dandy says your ‘shroom is a “Shaggy Mane” or coprinus comatus.

    For not getting out much, you sure got some great shots!

    Sorry I’m lagging on getting the photos to you. I have a bunch saved but I need to put the ID on them. I need fewer demands or more hours… what do you think my chances are?🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
    💌💌

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    1. Looking at that looks exactly right 🙂 Nice one grandma 🙂

      I think what is being proven to me perhaps is that l can go for fewer walks and still get some decent shots, but that might also be that when out and about l am becoming a little more picky with what l photograph 🙂

      Mm, yes l feel you may be reacing to achieve that – a bit like the effing rain falling here. We have had non-stop raining all day. It started at 3am this morning and here l am at nearly 9pm and it’s still pissing down.

      Makes for very annoying and grey days.

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