While I have been out walking in the last few weeks I have been identifying the subtle signs of Autumn. Firstly, the obvious indicator of colour changing leaves. I have found some trees with beautiful tones of yellow and orange filtering through their canopy layers. Secondly, the leaves are starting to fall and add to the ground litter. As I was out for a walk last night, the winds were strong, and the leaves floated and danced along the footpath beside me. Thirdly, the trees and shrubs have began to bear their fruit. This indicator of Autumn seems to be the most prominent at the minute as it is everywhere I look. I am spotting berries I have never seen before, and I quickly snap photos so I can identify them later. So far, I have found; Blackberries, Sloe berries, Hawthorn, Rowan, Bittersweet, Lords-And-Ladies and Elder. All of which boast beautiful red or black tones.
Whilst this bloom of berries throughout my local landscapes are beautiful and appreciated They also come with a warning. Or at least if your superstitious enough it does. My parents told me that an Autumn that brings lots of berries, especially so early in the season is a warning for bad weather to come. They say that nature is preparing for a cold Winter and produces more berries to compensate for lack of food during the next few months. This means that birds and other animals that feast on berries can indulge during this bounty while it lasts.
Is it possible for nature to predict the weather in the coming months? Do you think this is just an old Irish myth or is there any truth to it?
I suppose we will just have to wait and see what Winter brings us.