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.
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.
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.
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.
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.