Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Winter colour

Is it still winter? Have we moved into spring yet? I haven't been paying attention.

Anyway, what do the subtleties of the temperate zone mean in the tropics where the seasons alternate between six months of hot and wet weather and six months of cool and dry? (Or, because this is the Atherton Tablelands, nine months of rain and three months of drizzle.)

At this time of year — loosely described as the dry season — the azaleas are in flower. When I bought this place, I had planned to cut them out, but they seem to be non-invasive, do well and the wildlife like them. In a garden where the brightest colours come from birds and butterflies, they hold their own.

Male Victoria's riflebird

Lewin's honeyeater

10 comments:

Bernie said...

Great photos ... I'm laughing at your description of the weather patterns in the Tablelands. Right now down here it's actually raining... it's just so weird as we usually do get months and months of the 'dry' season ... no rain at all. Yet ... I hear rain drumming on the corrugated iron roof!!!
Just loved your photo of the Riflebird ... absolutely beautiful bird. The Honeyeater shots are great too.

Snail said...

I was just admiring all your rain!

It's actually been dry for a few days. Raining today, of course, but before that, blue skies!

AYDIN Ă–RSTAN said...

It's still summer over here, so it must still be winter down there.

desertnutmeg said...

Gorgeous! Both the azaleas and the birds. Fab photographs!!

Sherrie Y said...

Oh, THERE you are! Hiding in luscious winter foliage and consorting with honeyeaters and riflebirds and hoarding all the chocolate. Oh. You did say chocolate-COLORED leaves, not chocolate-FLAVORED. Didn't you?

Snail said...

Aydin, I think you're right. But it is hard to tell without the 'normal' seasonal cues.

Snail said...

Megs, they're splashes of colour among hundreds of shades of green. (Also colour, of course, but you know what I mean!)

Snail said...

Sherrie, the more I look at the leaves, the more I'm thinking maybe caramel rather than chocolate. Mmmm ... They do definitely look good enough to eat.

Denis Wilson said...

Lovely new growth on the Neolitsia.
We have a related plant here, I believe.
Many plants have lovely new growth colours. Red, of course, in Eucalypts and Bottlebrushes. But the Coachwood here sometimes looks purplish blue when at a similar stage,
Fantastic images, and really nicely observed.
Cheers
Denis

Snail said...

Denis, thank you.

I've thought at times that it must be possible to design a garden that emphasises new growth rather than flowers for colour.