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Mountsandel forest. Submitted by Evelyn McCullough, Coleraine, 8 November 2012

Mountsandel forest. Submitted by Evelyn McCullough, Coleraine, 8 November 2012

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Autumn sky in cushendun. Submitted by Roisin Hamilton, 8 November 2012

Autumn sky in cushendun. Submitted by Roisin Hamilton, 8 November 2012

Autumn in Dungannon park. Submitted by Liam McClean, Omagh, 2 November 2012

Autumn in Dungannon park. Submitted by Liam McClean, Omagh, 2 November 2012

Autumn sun. Submitted by Liam McClean, 2 November 2012

Autumn sun. Submitted by Liam McClean, 2 November 2012

Autumn Frost, Carrick Mills, Limavady. Submitted by Paula, 1 November 2012

Autumn Frost, Carrick Mills, Limavady. Submitted by Paula, 1 November 2012

Carrick Rocks footbridge, Limavady. Submitted by Paula, 1 November 2012

Carrick Rocks footbridge, Limavady. Submitted by Paula, 1 November 2012

Spider webs. Submitted by Paula, 1 November 2012

Spider webs. Submitted by Paula, 1 November 2012

Autumn leaves. Submitted by Roe Valley, 1 November 2012

Autumn leaves. Submitted by Roe Valley, 1 November 2012

Ness Wood . Submitted by Peter Donnelly, 31 October 2012

Ness Wood . Submitted by Peter Donnelly, 31 October 2012

City Views. Submitted by Stephen Clarke Belfast, 31 October 2012

City Views. Submitted by Stephen Clarke Belfast, 31 October 2012

Walking the dogs at Stormont. Submitted by  Paul Cromie, 31 October 2012

Walking the dogs at Stormont. Submitted by Paul Cromie, 31 October 2012

The Tree Alley. Submitted by Nicholas Bejger at Stormont Park, 31 October 2012

The Tree Alley. Submitted by Nicholas Bejger at Stormont Park, 31 October 2012

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Autumn Watch in Tollymore. Submitted by Glenda Hemphill, Belfast, 30 October 2012

Autumn Watch in Tollymore. Submitted by Glenda Hemphill, Belfast, 30 October 2012

Camouflage for pixies. Submitted by Charlie Birch - Dromore, 30 October 2012

Camouflage for pixies. Submitted by Charlie Birch - Dromore, 30 October 2012

On a misty morning. Submitted by Charlie Birch - Dromore, 30 October 2012

On a misty morning. Submitted by Charlie Birch - Dromore, 30 October 2012

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A walk in monkstown wood. Submitted by Colin Mcilhagger Newtownabbey, 30 October 2012

A walk in monkstown wood. Submitted by Colin Mcilhagger Newtownabbey, 30 October 2012

An early morning Autumnal stroll. Submitted by Kate John, 29 October 2012

An early morning Autumnal stroll. Submitted by Kate John, 29 October 2012

Sixmile River, Ballynure. Submitted by Margaret Drummond, Ballynure, 29 October 2012

Sixmile River, Ballynure. Submitted by Margaret Drummond, Ballynure, 29 October 2012

Catherine looking over Lough Eske. 29 October 2012

Catherine looking over Lough Eske. 29 October 2012

Inch Abby. Submitted by Raymond Spiers Ballynahinch, 29 October 2012

Inch Abby. Submitted by Raymond Spiers Ballynahinch, 29 October 2012

Reflections at Ballymorran Killinchy. Submitted by Joyce Bell Saintfield, 26 October 2012

Reflections at Ballymorran Killinchy. Submitted by Joyce Bell Saintfield, 26 October 2012

Reflections at Ballymorran Killinchy. Submitted by Joyce Bell Saintfield, 26 October 2012

Reflections at Ballymorran Killinchy. Submitted by Joyce Bell Saintfield, 26 October 2012

Tendrils of early morning mist at Jerrettspass, Co Down

Tendrils of early morning mist at Jerrettspass, Co Down

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Sunset. Sbmitted by Noelle McConnochie, 20 October 2012

Sunset. Sbmitted by Noelle McConnochie, 20 October 2012

Dungannon Park, 21 October 2012 . Submitted by Adam Kmietowicz

Dungannon Park, 21 October 2012 . Submitted by Adam Kmietowicz

Foggy sunday morning. Submitted by Wendy Reid, Kirkliston Park, east Belfast 25 October 2012

Foggy sunday morning. Submitted by Wendy Reid, Kirkliston Park, east Belfast 25 October 2012

Leah, Keziah and Jaxon Dines at Crawfordsburn Glen. Submitted by Michael Dines, Newtownards, 24 October 2012

Leah, Keziah and Jaxon Dines at Crawfordsburn Glen. Submitted by Michael Dines, Newtownards, 24 October 2012

The brilliant hues around the lake at Mount Stewart, Co. Down. Submitted by Trevor Moffet, Newtownards, 24 October 2012

The brilliant hues around the lake at Mount Stewart, Co. Down. Submitted by Trevor Moffet, Newtownards, 24 October 2012

Six trees planted together make the illusion one tree at Mount Stewart, Co. Down. Submitted by Trevor Moffet, Newtownards, 24 October 2012

Six trees planted together make the illusion one tree at Mount Stewart, Co. Down. Submitted by Trevor Moffet, Newtownards, 24 October 2012

Shades of Autumn, Mountstewart. Submitted by Gerry, 24 October 2012

Shades of Autumn, Mountstewart. Submitted by Gerry, 24 October 2012

Blackwater Valley. Submitted by Fermoy, Co. Cork , 24 October 2012

Blackwater Valley. Submitted by Fermoy, Co. Cork , 24 October 2012

Glenoe in Autumn. Submitted by Jonathan Leathem , Newtownabbey,  24 October 2012

Glenoe in Autumn. Submitted by Jonathan Leathem , Newtownabbey, 24 October 2012

Lexie Duckett from Belfast aged three pictured at Lady Dixon park in Dunmurry enjoying the Autumn leaves Picture by Stephen Hamilton

Lexie Duckett from Belfast aged three pictured at Lady Dixon park in Dunmurry enjoying the Autumn leaves Picture by Stephen Hamilton

Little Finn Yearsley (5) from Belfast  and Evvie Bishop (5) from Belfast have a great time outdoors at Rowallane Garden, Saintfield as they help the National Trust launch their Autumn programme.   Picture by Brian Morrison

Little Finn Yearsley (5) from Belfast and Evvie Bishop (5) from Belfast have a great time outdoors at Rowallane Garden, Saintfield as they help the National Trust launch their Autumn programme. Picture by Brian Morrison

Autumn leaves pictured in Belmont Park PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD

Autumn leaves pictured in Belmont Park PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD

Autumn leaves pictured in Belmont Park -  PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD

Autumn leaves pictured in Belmont Park - PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD

Autumn leaves are seen in the Glenarm River in Co Antrim, as the autumnal weather continues. Picture  Paul Faith

Autumn leaves are seen in the Glenarm River in Co Antrim, as the autumnal weather continues. Picture Paul Faith

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Blowing in the wind. Belfast Oct 2012

Blowing in the wind. Belfast Oct 2012

Antrim Road, Belfast. Aisling Gray aged 11 enjoys playing in the leaves PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD.

Antrim Road, Belfast. Aisling Gray aged 11 enjoys playing in the leaves PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD.

A muted palette of colours on the banks of the Lagan

A muted palette of colours on the banks of the Lagan

A child's umbrella caught by the wind in Belfast's Woodvale Park

A child's umbrella caught by the wind in Belfast's Woodvale Park

Sunlight through the trees in south Armagh

Sunlight through the trees in south Armagh

Lagan walk in autumn. 30 November 2012

Lagan walk in autumn. 30 November 2012

Helens Tower, Clandeboye forest Bangor. 30 November 2012

Helens Tower, Clandeboye forest Bangor. 30 November 2012

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It is a season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, close bossom friend of the maturing sun according to poet John Keats.

Autumn is a reflective time, as the famously romantic writer evoked in his nineteenth-century poem, To Autumn.

And nowhere was that sentiment echoed more clearly on Monday than in the waters of the River Lagan as it mirrored a blaze of colours on its banks.

As the nights draw in and temperatures drop, trees throughout the countryside have been dramatically shedding their greenery in a spectacular seasonal show of yellow and crisp brown leaves.

Amid the landscape on the banks of the Lagan on Monday were blasts of deep burgundy as trees made a fiery exit into the barrenness of winter.

In recent days, mist has lingered over the hills of Jerrettspass in Co Down, leaving its tree-lined drumlins just visible above the shroud.

Haze, barely broken up by weak autumn sunlight, has blurred the imposing outline of trees and bushes in south Armagh, the rays streaming through towering trees to collect in dappled pools on the ground.

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In Belfast, piles of multi-coloured leaves were dotted around the city’s parks — an unexpected treat for children who scattered them like confetti.

But stormier weather in Woodvale Park served as a reminder that winter is just around the corner.

Parents and their children did their best to hold on to umbrellas — but not everyone was successful, with the recent windy spell taking one off into the fading foliage lining the slippery leaf-strewn paths.


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