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Mark Marlow 19/10/16 With Autumn well underway the trees and wildlife begin to go to sleep for the winter. All the colours of the rainbow can be seen on a beautiful autumn day bringing families and their pets out for walks in our local green areas. Pictured is Cliodhna Murray enjoying playing in the autumn sun with her dog Tiki. Pictures Mark Marlow
Mark Marlow 19/10/16 With Autumn well underway the trees and wildlife begin to go to sleep for the winter. All the colours of the rainbow can be seen on a beautiful autumn day bringing families and their pets out for walks in our local green areas. Pictured is Cliodhna Murray enjoying playing in the autumn sun with her dog Tiki. Pictures Mark Marlow
With Autumn well underway the trees and wildlife begin to go to sleep for the winter. All the colours of the rainbow can be seen on a beautiful autumn day bringing families and their pets out for walks in our local green areas. Pictured is 4 year old Ryan Lee enjoying the autumn leaves. Pictures Mark Marlow
With Autumn well underway the trees and wildlife begin to go to sleep for the winter. All the colours of the rainbow can be seen on a beautiful autumn day bringing families and their pets out for walks in our local green areas. Pictured is a late hibernating Hedghog getting ready for the winter. Pictures Mark Marlow
With Autumn well underway the trees and wildlife begin to go to sleep for the winter. All the colours of the rainbow can be seen on a beautiful autumn day bringing families and their pets out for walks in our local green areas. Pictured is Labradoodle Yoko at minnowburn. Pictures Mark Marlow
Charming autumn scenes. Pictures Mark Marlow
With Autumn well underway the trees and wildlife begin to go to sleep for the winter. All the colours of the rainbow can be seen on a beautiful autumn day bringing families and their pets out for walks in our local green areas. Pictures Mark Marlow
Charming autumn scenes. Pictures Mark Marlow
Charming autumn scenes. Pictures Mark Marlow
With Autumn well underway the trees and wildlife begin to go to sleep for the winter. All the colours of the rainbow can be seen on a beautiful autumn day bringing families and their pets out for walks in our local green areas. Pictures Mark Marlow
With Autumn well underway the trees and wildlife begin to go to sleep for the winter. All the colours of the rainbow can be seen on a beautiful autumn day bringing families and their pets out for walks in our local green areas. Pictured is Labradoodle Yoko at minnowburn. Pictures Mark Marlow
With Autumn well underway the trees and wildlife begin to go to sleep for the winter. All the colours of the rainbow can be seen on a beautiful autumn day bringing families and their pets out for walks in our local green areas. Pictures Mark Marlow
With Autumn well underway the trees and wildlife begin to go to sleep for the winter. All the colours of the rainbow can be seen on a beautiful autumn day bringing families and their pets out for walks in our local green areas. Pictured is a late hibernating Hedgehog getting ready for the winter. Pictures Mark Marlow
With Autumn well underway the trees and wildlife begin to go to sleep for the winter. All the colours of the rainbow can be seen on a beautiful autumn day bringing families and their pets out for walks in our local green areas. Pictured is a Robin gathering food for winter. Pictures Mark Marlow
With Autumn well underway the trees and wildlife begin to go to sleep for the winter. All the colours of the rainbow can be seen on a beautiful autumn day bringing families and their pets out for walks in our local green areas. Pictures Mark Marlow
With Autumn well underway the trees and wildlife begin to go to sleep for the winter. All the colours of the rainbow can be seen on a beautiful autumn day bringing families and their pets out for walks in our local green areas. Pictured are Cliodhna and Eamon Murray. Pictures Mark Marlow
With Autumn well underway the trees and wildlife begin to go to sleep for the winter. All the colours of the rainbow can be seen on a beautiful autumn day bringing families and their pets out for walks in our local green areas. Pictures Mark Marlow
With Autumn well underway the trees and wildlife begin to go to sleep for the winter. All the colours of the rainbow can be seen on a beautiful autumn day bringing families and their pets out for walks in our local green areas. Pictures Mark Marlow
With Autumn well underway the trees and wildlife begin to go to sleep for the winter. All the colours of the rainbow can be seen on a beautiful autumn day bringing families and their pets out for walks in our local green areas. Pictured is Labradoodle yoko at minnowburn. Pictures Mark Marlow
With Autumn well underway the trees and wildlife begin to go to sleep for the winter. All the colours of the rainbow can be seen on a beautiful autumn day bringing families and their pets out for walks in our local green areas. Pictured is a Robin gathering food for winter. Pictures Mark Marlow
With Autumn well underway the trees and wildlife begin to go to sleep for the winter. All the colours of the rainbow can be seen on a beautiful autumn day bringing families and their pets out for walks in our local green areas. Pictures Mark Marlow
With Autumn well underway the trees and wildlife begin to go to sleep for the winter. All the colours of the rainbow can be seen on a beautiful autumn day bringing families and their pets out for walks in our local green areas. Pictured is Labradoodle yoko at minnowburn. Pictures Mark Marlow
With Autumn well underway the trees and wildlife begin to go to sleep for the winter. All the colours of the rainbow can be seen on a beautiful autumn day bringing families and their pets out for walks in our local green areas. Pictures Mark Marlow
With Autumn well underway the trees and wildlife begin to go to sleep for the winter. All the colours of the rainbow can be seen on a beautiful autumn day bringing families and their pets out for walks in our local green areas. Pictured is a robin gathering food for winter. Pictures Mark Marlow
With Autumn well underway the trees and wildlife begin to go to sleep for the winter. All the colours of the rainbow can be seen on a beautiful autumn day bringing families and their pets out for walks in our local green areas. Pictured is 4 year old Ryan Lee enjoying the autumn leaves. Pictures Mark Marlow
With Autumn well underway the trees and wildlife begin to go to sleep for the winter. All the colours of the rainbow can be seen on a beautiful autumn day bringing families and their pets out for walks in our local green areas. Pictures Mark Marlow
With Autumn well underway the trees and wildlife begin to go to sleep for the winter. All the colours of the rainbow can be seen on a beautiful autumn day bringing families and their pets out for walks in our local green areas. Pictured is 4 year old Ryan Lee enjoying the autumn leaves. Pictures Mark Marlow
With Autumn well underway the trees and wildlife begin to go to sleep for the winter. All the colours of the rainbow can be seen on a beautiful autumn day bringing families and their pets out for walks in our local green areas. Pictures Mark Marlow
With Autumn well underway the trees and wildlife begin to go to sleep for the winter. All the colours of the rainbow can be seen on a beautiful autumn day bringing families and their pets out for walks in our local green areas. Pictured is 4 year old Ryan Lee enjoying the autumn leaves. Pictures Mark Marlow
With Autumn well underway the trees and wildlife begin to go to sleep for the winter. All the colours of the rainbow can be seen on a beautiful autumn day bringing families and their pets out for walks in our local green areas. Pictured is Cliodhna Murray enjoying playing in the autumn sun with her dog Tiki. Pictures Mark Marlow
Cliodhna Murray with little brother Eamon weren’t the only ones enjoying the autumn leaves. Pictures Mark Marlow
With Autumn well underway the trees and wildlife begin to go to sleep for the winter. All the colours of the rainbow can be seen on a beautiful autumn day bringing families and their pets out for walks in our local green areas. Pictures Mark Marlow
Charming autumn scenes. Pictures Mark Marlow
With Autumn well underway the trees and wildlife begin to go to sleep for the winter. All the colours of the rainbow can be seen on a beautiful autumn day bringing families and their pets out for walks in our local green areas. Pictures Mark Marlow
With Autumn well underway the trees and wildlife begin to go to sleep for the winter. All the colours of the rainbow can be seen on a beautiful autumn day bringing families and their pets out for walks in our local green areas. Pictured is Cliodhna Murray enjoying playing in the autumn sun. . Pictures Mark Marlow
Charming autumn scenes. Pictures Mark Marlow
Ryan Lee enjoying the autumn leaves. Pictures Mark Marlow

Forget New England in the Fall, Northern Ireland has its own charm in this "season of mists and mellow fruitfulness", as the Romantic poet John Keats wrote so powerfully.

Just look at these enchanting pictures of the province's landscape as the year wends its way - slowly this year - towards winter.

See the squirrel and the hedgehog prepare their stores for the days when food will be in short supply.

Marvel at the kaleidoscope of colour as leaves turn to russet, seemingly one at a time, before falling to the ground in a rustling carpet which it is irresistible to walk through without kicking them into the air in a swirling cloud.

Given the generally temperate weather this autumn, if you forget the recent heavy rain, it is a magical time of the year - still warm enough for an evening stroll, for children to play outside, and still bright enough, until the clocks go back, to make us forget that the dark days of winter will soon be here.

For a photographer, as these pictures by Mark Marlow show, it is a wonderful season, producing its own time-lapse vistas as the leaves and flowers simultaneously show the last remnants of summer glory and an early glimpse of the days to come.

It is the time of year when nature winds down, a reminder that, for some of us, it is the autumn of our lives, but also an encouragement that, come the spring, both the landscape and ourselves will be reinvigorated.

But most of all it is the season when mankind and nature are in their closest communion.

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Belfast Waterworks - taken by Erin Maguire. Oct 2016
Belfast Waterworks - taken by Erin Maguire. Oct 2016
Hi, I thought this photograph that I took at Lagan madows taken last Thursday (20-10-16). It was a eautiful afternoon....13c Sunshine - Reflections - Idyllic - Nature at its best!!! - Pauline Greenaway
This was taken on October 2016 at Murlough reserve. Where the mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea. Submitted by Deborah Anderson from Lisburn
Taken in Stormont Park: no better place for shushing through leaves and getting messy. October 2016. By Kate Lewis Mairs, Belfast.
Ritchy Kimmins from Newry. The picture was taken in Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor and it is of the Holm Oak tree. The picture was taken last weekend as this tree is over 200 years old.
St Philips and St James church grounds in Holywood. Couldn't help but snap this brushstroke of evening sun. Taken October 2016 by Jen Dickson
I took this round the corner from my house in Greyabbey in Co Down on October 19, 2016, at 1.30pm. It was a very blustery day and the sky was doing crazy things! Submitted by Jill Smyth
Autumn in Antrim, 2016, submitted by Mairead McCann
This is a picture taken by myself on 20/10/16 of the trees in Alexandra Park, Belfast - Gerard McCartan
This photo was taken on October 4, 2016 at 7am in Letterkenny. It features Conwal parish church in the town'a beautiful and historic Cathedral quarter. Submitted by Cathal McGlynn
A magnificent sunrise over Rathlin Island - Picture submitted by Ian McCullough, Oct 3 2016 .
Harvest moon and Penumbral Lunar Eclipse on Friday 16 Sept 2016 at Donaghadee lighthouse. Picture by Bernie Brown
Harvest moon and Penumbral Lunar Eclipse on Friday 16 Sept 2016 at Donaghadee lighthouse. Picture by Bernie Brown
Mist rolling in over Binevenagh Mountain, Limavady. Picture Submitted by Eoin McConnell. Nov 2015
Hugh McCloy, from Moneymore Co Derry took this picture of Lough Melvin Flangans Point, looking across the lough to the mountains
Trevor Denton From Crumlin took this at the harbour in Buncrana. It will probably take more than a lick of paint to get this vessel shipshape again. Nov 2015
Steven Hylands, from Banbridge took this picture of Clare Glen. You can see a herron in the distance waiting patiently to catch any fish swimming down stream! November 2015
A stunning evening in Portstewart. Pic: Alannah Morrow
A beautiful August day in Annalong, Co Down. By Paul Briggs from Portadown
Victor Anton, from Alpharetta, GA USA, submitted this picture of Shane Castle, Randalstown. Summer 2015
Patrick Hughes captured this stunning shot of Armagh Cathedral
Sunrise at Ballymorran Bay, Strangford Lough - Submitted by Glenn Millar June 2015
Legananny Dolmen, Co Down by Carson Harte
Wheatear (female) in prime condition to depart shortly for that long flight back to its Winter Grounds in Central Africa By Christine Cassidy, Derry
Coast line, Carrack A Rede. Taken during our annual family holiday 2014 - Andy Milford
I was driving along the Strangford Lough shore road (on a bird watching trip )two or three miles from Newtownards when I spotted this magical view of hay bales with the lough and Scrabo in the distance. I thought 'isn’t Northern Ireland the most wonderful place to live?'. It was so beautiful and I had to stop and take a photo. By Noeni Bryars, Harmony Hill Lambeg.
Locals claim this building in Portbraddan, Co Antrim is the smallest church in Ireland. It was built 1950s as cow byre. Photo by David Fennelly
Pans Rocks, Ballycastle Beach by Gordon Douglas
Mussendun: Peering west toward Downhill Beach from Mussendun Temple. Submitted by Barry Grayson, Los Angeles, CA.
Ballintoy harbour just after sunrise by Evelyn McCullough
Ballywalter Harbour. Photograph by Tim Gaston
Islandhill, Comber. Photograph by Tim Gaston
Carrickfergus Castle by Martin Soutar - Carrickfergus Castle
'These photographs were taken during my morning walk on Gibb's Island, Killyleagh, Co Down. It really is a beautiful place' - Pic Laura Skinner
Kircubbin harbour. Photo by Tim Gaston
The Bangor Maritime festival, June 7. Pic Maureen Ross

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