Autumn revisited.

This week the Lens Artists Challenge is autumn, brought to us by Patti.

Much of our autumn was spent in lockdown, confined to our homes or neighbourhoods. It was like an extension of summer, the weather was gorgeous, sunny day after sunny day kept the lockdown blues at bay and a long dry summer and autumn enhanced the stunning colours of deciduous trees,  even in the temperate north.

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Autumn is stunning liquid amber leaves.

New Zealand native trees are almost all evergreen. Only 11 species are fully winter deciduous among them the tree fuchsia and lacebark. Kowhai drop most of their leaves after carrying them through winter, luckily for kereru who feasts on them when there’s not a lot else around. See the full list of deciduous plants here.

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And kereru feasting on nikau berries.

Our native trees drop a few leaves all year round so the forest is always green and the deep leaf litter on the forest floor constantly replenished. Instead of brilliant reds, yellows and oranges the canopy wears subtle bronze seed spikes and pale lichens. But for a few weeks rata vines brighten the forest like Christmas lights with their orange red flowers spread across the treetops.

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It’s rata Christmas lights in April.
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Rata flower closeup.

Autumn is low sun and long shadows, bumper fruit crops and preserves. It’s the time to check firewood stocks, refresh woolly jumpers and put out the mouse traps. It’s funky looking fungi, plagues of ladybugs looking for a warm hibernation spot (in my curtains) and chickens going off the lay. It’s a time to slow down and reflect on the beauty and wonder of the world we live in.

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And funky looking fungi like this stinkhorn.
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And autumn is long shadows of letter boxes.

My thanks to the Lens Artists hosts, Patti, Tina, Amy and Ann-Christine for the opportunity to share my photographs and thoughts. If you follow these links and pop along to their blogs, you’ll be in for a real treat.

22 comments

  1. Really beautiful post Wendy! The red-purple foliage in the first photo provides such a nice lead-in to the similar colours in the pigeon and nikau stemmy-things. I much admired the shot of the native pigeon feeding, wow! And I love your reference to funky looking fungi, I mean, you can find it in so many forms and it’s so interesting!!

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    • Thank you Liz. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to photograph our birds. It takes a lot of patience to get a good one but they’re so rewarding. I find nature endlessly fascinating. I think in another life, I would be a biologist 🙂

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    • Thank you Tina. We tend to take the wonders of nature for granted and then we get a fungus like that, whoa!! One of the things I love about this group is seeing the unique bits of everyone’s world.

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  2. Wendy, that’s a wonderful shot of the house and the tree. They are beautiful trees in autumn. We planted a liquid amber tree in front of the house when we lived over your way and bit further east 🙂 I am sure we planted well over 1500 trees by the time we left there! Hard work and good memories.

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      • Definitely worth it and the olive trees are still growing wonderfully. Though it has been a while since we were over that way. My parents are needing my help daily or at least Mon – Fri as my brother is doing the weekend. Hoping to get more assistance via an agency. So, life has got a bit hectic.

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      • I’m sorry to hear that Sue. Getting old and becoming more dependent is hard for everyone involved. Be sure to look after yourself too.

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