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Searching for the Colours of Autumn

Date Created: 16 October 2014

Orange is for pumpkin, yellow is for cheese, brown is for mushrooms and chestnuts, red is for berries YELLOW is for CHEESE fondue – a classic Swiss autumn treat

YELLOW is for CHEESE fondue – a classic Swiss autumn treatSWITZERLAND: The Lavaux Vineyard Terraces blanket the lower mountain slopes along the northern shores of Lake Geneva. Each autumn, the 2,050 acres of ancient vineyards—established by Benedictine and Cistercian monks in the 11th century and protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2007—attract hikers who walk and taste their way along the 21-mile Grand Traversée de Lavaux from Ouchy in Lausanne to Chateau de Chillon Castle.


NORWAY: Where to photograph autumn in the Norwegian capital – Oslo’s best autumn snaps:

  • RED is for BERRIES (jam) with reindeer steakAkershus Fortress - There are many deciduous trees within the grounds of Akershus Fortress. Look down, as well as up - it's not just the treetops that are aflame this time of year, the ground is also covered in golden leaves.
  • The Palace Park - The park behind the Royal Palace, with its imposing trees and vast lawns.
  • Vigeland Sculpture Park - A popular destination year round, but the park really comes into its own on a sunny autumn day, when the many trees and their flamboyant foliage make a colourful background for the striking sculptures.
  • Akerselva River - A stroll along the Akerselva will reveal many good subjects for photography, as the river winds its way past old mills, neighborhood parks and hidden fishing spots, under old iron bridges and through many waterfalls. The stretch around the Sawmill Waterfall (Møllerfossene) just north of Grünerløkka is particularly picturesque.
  • Oslofjord islands - For a different perspective on the city, you could also take a mini cruise on the Oslofjord - a great opportunity to check out the many islands there, and take pictures from the water.
  • The Oslomarka Forest - The easily accessible forests around Oslo make the capital unique. The metro (line 3) will take you from the city centre to Sognsvann in less than 20 minutes. On the five-kilometre-long walk from Sognsvann to Ullevålseter you can get nature shots of the mixed forest that will seem like you are far into the wilderness.


ORANGE is for PUMPKIN soup UK: Garden shows - Among the best displays are those at Stourhead in Wiltshire, with its masses of mature trees; Ashridge in Hertfordshire, where the woodland runs along the main ridge of the Chilterns; Castle Ward in Ireland’s County Down, which overlooks the shores of Strangford Lough; Coniston and Tarn Hows in Cumbria, where the larch and broadleaf trees bring stunning hues; Crafl wyn in Snowdonia, which has walks through the estate woodlands; Dovedale in Derbyshire, which becomes carpeted in brilliant leaves; and Gibside in Gateshead, with its woodland and riverside walks.


SLOVENIA: The region of the lakes Bled and Bohinj

BROWN is for roasted MUSHROOMS Lake Bled - The Julian Alps peer over this glacial lake, creating a scene that is otherworldly in its appeal. It's a rugged beauty with harder colours, but it's the combination of elements that give the area such an overwhelming glow. The clear, icy water and surrounding cliff faces are decorated by lush foliage that looks magical as it turns a lighter shade of green and orange before the winter months kick in.

Lake Bohinj - Slovenia's largest lake is a picture of peace and serenity. It's brooding and mystical feel are encouraged by the steep mountain faces that rise out of the lake on the northern side, with mountain peaks also dominating the background to the west and south. On clear days you can even see the peak of the mighty Triglav.

For such a small country, Slovenia is lucky to have three different climates – the Alpine, Mediterranean and Pannonian – for they give rise to an extremely wide variety of different mushrooms. And indeed, mushroom-picking has probably been the country’s most widespread recreational activity over the past few decades.


BROWN is for CHESTNUT bread “Castagnaccio”ITALY: Tuscany – The chestnut is a fruit that represents many faces of this region: its vegetation; its cuisine and its culture. In the past, the chestnut (Castanea sativa) has been the main product for feeding the mountain populations in Tuscany, especially in Casentino and Garfagnana. That's why this is still one of the most important typical products of Tuscany. Not only the chestnut itself for all derivative products like the chestnut flour, the chestnut tree is certainly the most imposing and beautiful feature of the Tuscan woods.

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Written by Vittoria Soddu.