Alice Springs, arid country, arid zone, Australia, nature, Spring
A few weeks ago, Spring was suddenly upon us. Technically it was still Winter. And then Spring was gone. It appears it will be a long, hot summer (remember the movie? with that spunk, Paul Newman? Now I’m showing my age!). For about 10 days I snapped every growing thing in my garden and on my walks. ( I have heavily edited things for you!) What is the exact time when the early flush of spring stops and summer settles in? We are not quite there, but not far from it as summer has arrived in such a hurry this year. So here are the results of that very brief, developing period of time, to share with you the excitement of spring in arid country.
(My new masthead photo came from this same period, of our neighbour’s tree.)
The morning light is the best time so see colours. It warms things but doesn’t wash them out.
The early light makes the gum trees look majestic, as if they need any help!
Near the Olive Pink Botanic garden, some of the specimens have ‘escaped’ and give a sneak preview of what lay inside the gates.
Isn’t this Geraldton Wax just gorgeous? Can you see the tiny little touch of yellow Acacia, hiding behind it off to the right in the background? Purple and yellow play off each other so well.
The neighbours have a self sewn hillside of acacia that positively glows when the first rays of sun hit it, as on this day.
I know you will want to see the progress Fiona Fig is making this season. Isn’t she gorgeous? My friend tells me fruit trees need to grow before they can produce fruit, and even though Fiona is 10 years old, she has only been in this position for a year, so we may give her some leeway before pronouncing her a failure. She is almost smiling at me this Spring, having given her fresh compost and mulch to assist her efforts.
And last, but not least… a cheat’s photo that was taken only four days ago… The Calistemon tree has been so beautiful this year, I couldn’t reisist showing you. Cally was only this way for a few days, though, alive with bees and boasting her blossoms. She is in decline now, but you can see her at her best. Whatever season you are celebrating, enjoy. X
You have some beautiful photos here!
Thank you Traci. A little plug for my iPhone, it’s my only camera. 🙂
Mine is also, but I think you have a much sharper eye 🙂
Wow, Ardys, Some of your flowers look like they were drawn and meant to be entered into a Dr. Seuss storybook. The colors and the shapes are gorgeous – and definitely not something I recall seeing in the Midwest.
I want a gum tree. Maybe right in the middle of my living room. The cat would love it.
Happy spring to you!
Haha, I was just commenting on your latest post just as your comment came in about mine. Yes, the flora here is quite exotic looking isn’t it? Ok, one eucalyptus tree on its way…
You have captured the colours and light beautifully. The end of winter landscape is stunning. I’m pleased to see Fiona Fig has responded appreciatively to your efforts. Even though these are plants of my heritage and quite familiar to me, it’s wonderful to see cameos of them. Paper Daisies, so simple and striking 🙂 And, you’ve made me quite homesick for Taylor Arm where we have a Geraldton Wax in the garden next to the front steps, and a huge Callistemon out the back over the septic. I love the color & fragrance of wattle (Acacia) as well, and we even have it around the neighbourhood in Sydney. As a kid it was quite my favourite. Lovely post.
Thank you Elladee! Even after 30 years they still seem exotic to me. Happy I’ve done justice to things you think of fondly.