Sunday, 18 March 2007

Autumn in the Australian forest

Our forest trees are evergreen, not for us the flamboyant display of aspen, maple, elm and beech – except in our gardens. The change to autumn in the bush is a whisper, a subtle shift in the birds, bark and bouquet of flowers as the evenings cool and the days shorten.


Autumn flowering Hairpin Banksia
with Angaphora that has recently shed its bark,
North Lawson walking track





Hairpin Banksia, Banksia spinolsa, whose spectacular Autumn to winter flowers are a major source of food for bees, birds and possums. Colours vary from pale lemon, to red-gold and bronze.




Words to walk with:
From The Idyll Wheel: Cycle of a Year at Bunyah by Les Murray
April
“ the creek trees cluster, showered with pale expansion
from inside themselves, as if from dreams of rain;
heightening gum trees are tipped bronze and citrine

and grey-barked apple trees are misted round
with rosy bule – the aged angaphora trees
that sprout from every live part of themselves
and drop their heavy death along the ground.”

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