This scene was more familiar when I lived in cooler climate of Canberra where the seasons are distinct. Autumn tended to be misty and crisp, and the trees glowed in their seasonal displays of red burgundy, orange and yellow. Underfoot lay a thick carpet of leaves that delighted children and possums. The street where I had lived had an overhanging avenue of pin oaks, that kept the street degrees cooler in summer and in autumn formed a long, glowing and breathtaking crimson arch.
Here in Queensland autumn is more of a hint though a short distance away from our property is a mountain where there are introduced cold climate trees such as oak and amber. Their foliage changes colour, shedding leaves and giving a sense of a “real ” northern style Autumn.
Down in our valley we get mists, softly weaving around the trees and along the creek banks. Lately there has even been a little crispness and the need for blankets at night. Autumn here is green and lush, especially this year as we have had so much rain .
The palette for autumn in our part of the country is very different from the common perception of autumn as a vibrant and rich mix of warm tones. Here predominantly featured are colours that are in the cool range pale pink, mauve, blue and green . The colours of heart and soul, an interesting contemplation.
Our Autumn, this year, is one of rampant growth which is attracting wildlife. The thick undergrowth and seeding grasses are drawing tiny birds, such as wrens and finches ; the filled dams and creeks are resonating with frog calls. Prolific seeding and fruiting, that seems to be happening so fast lately, has provided home and food many insects, birds and animals.
Autumn is reinforcing the lesson that it is a season wonder, of abundance, harvest and joy; a season that enriches and instills a sense of awe and reverence.