The River Itchen – Autumn Splendor

River’s Reflections Surreal

Walking alongside the River Itchen today; glorious colors representing a spectacular Fall visited the heart, enhancing appreciation of Nature’s Divine gift to humankind.

Leaves on the river surface, but seemingly deeper. A final display of myriad beauty as one leaf after another gently falls to the ground, creating a carpet to be preserved for another moment’s supreme imagination.

Such influence transmits good vibes enveloping heart and soul, gladly accepting such wealth of color and serenity.

Atmosphere and scenes gradually change as light flows through branches void of leaves. Vistas reveal previously hidden scenes; distant views.

Autumn alongside the River Itchen is a masterpiece of Nature’s creativity.

Sitting writing this description, I am once again walking alongside this gem of Nature. It is totally dark outside, but my mind’s eye strolls in the afternoon sunshine, the shining river surface and magical birdsong encompassing all my senses.

I trust you enjoyed the stroll.

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Simon Lever
Simon Lever
Prior to his retirement, Simon engaged in software and services sector search and recruitment for American companies around Europe. He has retained the enjoyment of engaging with people from other countries and cultures. His energies are now directed towards voluntary community activities, journaling, and exhibition stewardship. He is a Featured Contributor for BizCatalyst 360°. As an Exhibition Steward, at the 1000-year-old Winchester Cathedral, he is responsible for guiding visitors from the world over, around the award-winning 'Kings and Scribes Exhibition', which includes the 900-year-old Winchester Bible. The exhibition introduces visitors to Winchester's historical significance as a former capital of England. Simon's journaling activities are published on BizCatalyst 360° and accompanying posts on LinkedIn, He acknowledges the inspiration afforded him by Carol Campos of Massachusetts: Life Strategist, Writer, and Intuitive Business Leader who introduced him to writing with feeling; from the heart. Simon's forté is creative writing; the accent on the natural environment, transforming feelings, emotions, sights, sounds, and scents of Mother Nature's landscape; hills and rivers and woodland into words, transporting the reader to the locations. Essays include accounts of his life in former days. Instinctively writing in such a spontaneous manner, descriptions become life-like. His often emotionally charged writing, whether describing a surreal 'Son et Lumière' at the Grand Place in Brussels to experiences acquired during European business travel. Journaling and Exhibition Steward activities are his key sources of inspiration and creativity. Kindness is ever more important, where he is a promoter of Shelly Elsliger PPCC's 'Decide to be Kind' Campaign. Simon champions Positivity, Empathy, and Kindness and has been described as a 'Beacon of Positivity'.


  1. Do you still have that childlike urge to kick the leaves that the wind has gathered in heaps, Simon? I do. So I do. Kick, that is. We have the luxury of generally dry weather so the rustling from the leaves when you kick them is a delight. (Or perhaps it is the stubborn resistance to “behave adult” that is the delight? Wonder what that is about?)

    • Dear Charlotte,

      Thank you for your comments. Kicking leaves around takes you back to childhood….then teenage years and…….well it’s difficult not to kick leaves and enjoy the sound!! Today I walked along the Water Meadows and climbed St. Catherine’s Hill. I’ll send you some photos later.

      Dry weather and Autumn are an ideal combination. Have a lovely day.