There is no mistaking that Spring has come . Buds and blossoms, birds and bees are in abundance.The air is sweetly perfumed .
The hum of bees is evident as soon as you step outdoors, so much so the air seems to be vibrating.
The garden is in full bloom.
The workroom has also been in creative mode. Spring has had an impact . Little mushroom homes for mice are on the agenda this week and they all have needed bright,lush garden borders .Small woodland creatures have also appeared from felt and wool roving .
However, the computer is still being grumpy and will not accept new photos so I must leave these images to your imagination, or perhaps a browse on some older posts.
This tree is not a native but it thrives in our area, and gives the gift of beauty. As the season warms up the glow of this tree enhances and dazzles. The richness of red, the pattern of the petals, the contrast of the flowers to dry bush landscape around is a living work of art. It warms the imagination and inspires.
A local red is the flame tree which offers pure wonder when it is in full bloom. It hosts a multitude of insects and birds who revel in its flowering. Whilde in bloom during spring and early summer it dazzles and makes an exuberant presence in the bush.
When the flowers disappear the green foliage blends into the landscape. Their strong presence, when garbed in red, has softened. It seems that, once they have made their statement, they wait patiently nurturing the seeds of creativity, the offspring of this strong statement of beauty and presence.
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.