Summer’s last hurrah came in the form of an unseasonal warm spell last weekend, but autumn has well and truly arrived, judging by these stunning snaps.
Our readers have captured the spirit of the harvest season, as the rolling green landscape of the Peak District National Park turns a terracotta hue.
One, Pat Pick, sent in this up-close shot of deer at Chatsworth in the midst of rutting season, where the stags compete for the attention of the female hinds.
Katherine Clarke, visitor services manager for the Eastern Moors Partnership said: “Red deer are our largest British wild mammal but so many people don’t realise they are here on the Eastern Moors.
“They are so camouflaged people walk straight past them.
“The deer rut is a time where the deer are possibly at their most visible and we want to give people an opportunity to view them at their finest.”
And young Jack Slater, 8, snapped a butterfly enjoying the late September sunshine in the gardens of Chatsworth House. His aunt, Alexandra Slater, said: “It was a lovely autumn day in the gardens and Jack is always taking pictures, so he grabbed my mum’s camera and got this picture of a butterfly in one of the flowerbeds near the maze.”
Carol Taylor, of Thornbridge Crescent, Chesterfield captured a walking companion looking out over Houndkirk Hill on Saturday.
Regular contributor, Ian Moorcroft’s attention was caught by leaves on the turn near Wingerworth lido.
And despite a thundery start to the weekend forecast, Saturday and Sunday are set to be perfect for capturing the colours of autumn.
A Met Office spokesperson said: “There is a warning for Thursday with thundery showers forecast for the East Midlands and temperatures a bit above average.
“After that, the weekend is looking bright and cooler, and a lot nicer.”
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