Thursday, September 17, 2009
Autumn leaves conjure up for me playing hide and seek with a much loved, long departed boxer dog from my childhood.
The smell, the sounds and the texture of the piles of rapidly desiccating multi hued parchment fragments.
Since moving to Australia in 1989 and living for nearly 20yrs in North Queensland the seasonal markers that changes in leaf colour used to signify have become more confused in my mind. In the tropics (dry and wet) leaf colour change can and does occur dramatically after bud break...yes I know this is true in the Northern Hemisphere and cooler parts of Oz, but I mean the development of red hues, transitioning to green. (Autumn in reverse!)
Some of our trees develop single leaves with dramatic red colours, Quandongs come to mind.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Earlier this year I drove down to Newcastle from the Gold Coast and during the trip stopped at the very beautiful town of Armidale in NSW.