IT IS little wonder that autumn is the season which most inspires poets, artists and all those with a sensitive soul to the heights of rapture. Just look at the colours on show in these photographs from members of The Press Camera Club.

Keats put it best, in his Ode to Autumn:

"Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,

Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;

Conspiring with him how to load and bless

With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;

To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,

And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core."

Well, quite. All these photos, in their differing ways, are filled with ripeness, and with the autumnal glow of the maturing sun. We wouldn't want to single any one photograph out. But Stephen Hillyer's red maple is a thing of glowing, fragile beauty. Garry Hornby's view of the Museum Gardens and St Mary's Tower, meanwhile, is simply gorgeous

The photos lay down an early benchmark for this month's camera club competition, on the theme of #autumncolours. But there's still plenty of time to go. So if you think you can do better, get snapping...