by Webmaster, 2nd September 2021
BBC presenter Jules Hudson explains why autumn is his favourite season
“As long as autumn lasts, I shall not have hands, canvas and colours enough to paint all the beautiful things I see”.
So said the artist Vincent Van Gogh, who, let’s face it, knew a thing or two about capturing what the naked eye could only marvel at. I’ve always loved this time of year – perhaps even more so than spring. It’s natures way of seeing out the summer with a bang that transforms vast swathes of densely wooded hills and valleys with a display of warming colours that would challenge the finest of artists – and so it should. The changing landscape of autumn is too rich a palette to succumb to the brush of us mere mortals. It has a majesty all its own, and here in Wales and on the Welsh Borders we are blessed with a ringside seat to see the very best of what the Autumn has to offer.
This year’s seasonal change promises to be a vintage spectacular. Along the valleys of the Wye, Severn and Dee, our warm, wet spring and humid summer has given our trees all they need to give us a real show of what this rather supernatural transition towards winter can do – and one which I’m told may last a little longer as a result. A simple drive up the spine of the borders along the A49 will be a treat, whilst further inland I’m hoping to find time to once again explore one of my favourite routes through the Cambrian mountains – the road from Bulah to Abergwesyn. Here in the southern reaches of what has for me long been one of my favourite journeys back towards my old haunt of Tregaron, the ancient woodlands that surround the road and which remain defiant alongside the more recent swathes of pine forest, offer a comforting and stunning display of colour before the road takes its chances on the upward climb, clinging to the contours of the dramatic and windswept mountains that define most of it..........
To read the rest of Jules' column, download the autumn issue of Welsh Border Life Magazine at www.walesandborders.com/ourmagazines