I decided I would be a rebel this week

and post some autumnal images.

After all autumn colour is easier to find

than best of spring this time of year.

A few years ago I found some gingko trees

in autumn colour.


Our Golden Robinias

are never a dark green, however,

this morning they were displaying

golden autumn colours.






It’s Autumn,

and a dry one at that,


Many of our plants are looking worse for wear

due to the dry start 2019 has brought us.

Our new cone-shaped Hydrangea

which looked like this a few months ago…


has changed colours…

and is providing a small splash of colour.

Agapanthus are over and done.



The Japanese Maples have also succumbed

and are nowhere near as happy as they are in this shot.

This one was blown over, pot and all,

during equinoxial gales a few days ago.

Roots protruding from the pot were broken

and it is really sad.

Just hope we can keep it going in a new pot

once it has shed leaves.

Remember the song lyrics….

See the tree, how big it’s grown 
But friend it hasn’t been too long 
It wasn’t big
I laughed at her and she got mad, 
The first day that she planted it
Was just a twig….”

Those few lines sum up this Japanese Maple.

It was a twig, which MGW nursed all the way

to a four foot potted plant.

Late March 2017, we had received some rain

and had high hopes that the newly installed turf

would send runners out and green up our back yard.

This year parts of our turf are suffering

and the runners have withered in the heat.

The only good thing about it is that

many others are in the same boat.


Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge: In-the-Garden




A wander around our garden this morning

showed these signs of April.

Miniature Agapanthus have

long since bloomed.

Our new hydrangea which looked

so bright a while back…

…is still adding some colour to its corner of the world.

Some of our deciduous trees are showing the stress

of a long dry summer and early autumn.

March was dry and April is not

shaping up much better.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Hello-April

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Hello-April

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Hello-April

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Hello-April




Not many Autumnal photos in my collection

and cetainly none taken this year.

However, our Japanese Maples were showing off

their colour at the end of April four years ago.


I am fairly certain these are deciduous trees

in Ballarat, mid May, two years ago.


 Weekly Weather: Autumn

Weekly Weather





As I live Down Under and it is now Autumn

I decided to post an Autumn theme this week.

When on the farm it was always said that if

Autumn rains came before St Patrick’s Day,

they were too early.

If they came after St patrick’s Day,

they were too late, and

if they came on St. Patrick’s Day,

they would spoil the races.

This was as close to a St. Patrick’s Day autumn break,

in weather, we have had for many years.

This is our back yard after 50 mm, 2 inches of rain

had fallen on the March 19 and 20.


A Photo a Week Challenge: Spring 


Travel Theme-Smooth




Travel Theme.


Our blood moon appears smooth around the edges….


at this distance…

Shot taken Saturday April 4, 2015, at about 2230

Australian Eastern Standard Summer Time


Where’s My Backpack?: Travel Theme: Smooth





Travel Theme-Outdoors




Travel Theme.


Outdoors…and immediately the

Makgadikgadi Salt Pans,

in Botswana came to mind.Makgadikgadi Pans _0396A narrow track into the salt pan itself was difficult to navigate…

Makgadikgadi Pans_412and longer than expected,.

Makgadikgadi Pans_418But when we arrived on the pan all we could see was salt,

mini whirlwinds/cyclones/tornadoes and

shimmering heat in the distance.

Makgadikgadi Pans_0473Every now and again a small ridge and some scrubby trees

broke the horizon…

Makgadikgadi Pans_511until finally we reached our destination in

the great outdoors of Botswana.


Where’s My Backpack?: Travel Theme: Outdoors