Leaves flutter down
golden, orange, red, purples and dusky browns,
reflecting the hues of the late afternoon autumn light
as it breaks through the sky's thin grey winter cloak,
and leafless branches
stretch up toward the sun, shivering,
stripped bare of their summer clothing.
by Jill, June 2017
by Jill, June 2017
My simple little ode to autumn, but still... here I have written and shared it. I've read a lot about "mindfulness" in the last couple of months, especially in a new magazine called "Breathe". Have you seen Breathe on your magazine shelves?
Mindfulness is seeing, feeling, observing, absorbing, being still, just being..... or as Breathe says: "some of the key principles of mindfulness are, being open to new things, focusing on the present moment and being fully aware of what your body and mind are feeling."
Last week we went down to the Golden Valley Tree Park in Balingup, in Western Australia's south west, an hour or so from home.
The area that comprises the park was first settled in 1898 by Frank and Margaret Cleverland. Their home was built of bricks made from clay dug from nearby Yungerup Spring. The original 20 plantings of exotic species by Olwyn Cleverland during 1930-1940's has grown to an impressive world collection of over 250 species, represented by over 1000 individual specimens. The Park, which is heritage listed, is maintained by volunteers and sponsorship. From its first plantings over 100 years ago the the Golden Valley Tree Park is now the largest arboretum in Western Australia.
Australian trees are ever-green, so very little changes in the Australian bush in autumn, so the tree park is a lovely place to visit in autumn to see the blaze of fall colour. In fact any time of year the park gives up its delights. We are going to go back in spring to the Australian Collection when our bush is at its best with wildflowers. I shared a post about the Australian bush in autumn a couple of weeks ago. Here is the link if you missed it - Down in the woods today
We knew we would be late for the autumn flush of colour, as we were last year, but still it was a lovely day, though a cloudy, with a slight rain drizzle, no wind and a temperature perfect for walking.
There are pockets of startling bright gorgeousness. This is Tupelo Nyssa Sylvatica from the USA.
there are paths to explore
places to sit
new fruits to discover. Thankfully many of the trees in the park are labeled. I 'usually' take photos of signs, as it makes it much easier to identify things later. Here you can see clockwise from top left hand corner.... China Locust pod, Red Mexican Hawthorne, Mexican Hawthorne, Black Alder from Europe and West Asia, Chinese Pistachio, and Carob from the Mediterranean.
gorgeous leaves. Such a luscious treat for us evergreen Aussies.
and there are places to shelter from the rain and watch it roll in over the hills in a misty cloud
I hope you have enjoyed this little look at the Balingup Golden Valley Tree Park. I hope those of you in Australia or Western Australia try to visit some time. You might also like:
Thank you so much for stopping by. Do you have a tree park that you love to visit? Perhaps you'd like to tell us about it in your comments. I value your comments and look forward to hearing from you. I will try to visit your blogs in return. Have a wonderful week.
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