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Winter in My Garden

Mono pecanI try, often unsuccessfully of late, to add a photo each day to my Blipfoto journal. One day that I try to participate in however is “Mono Monday”, a day in which “blippers” are invited to add a black and white photo of a theme, as created by a generous host of the challenge each month.

A brilliant blue sky on a winter's day.
A brilliant blue sky on a winter’s day.

Today, the theme chosen by an Australian blipper was “Winter”, so my camera and I took a wander around the garden in search of suitable photos for the theme.winter pecans

With the brilliant blue sky overhead today, we had a maximum temperature of around twenty-three degrees Celsius, I had in mind to take some photos of the almost bare branches of the pecan nut tree. The leaves begin to grow again when the weather warms up in spring, and by autumn we have a tree laden with pecan nuts.

A touch of colour.
A touch of colour.

About a month ago, the leaves began to fall, and now, the only leaves left are those that got caught in the branches during their fall, and have since lost their brilliant green colouring.

I think I'm being watched!
I think I’m being watched!

As I walked toward the pecan tree, I heard a rustling sound, and there amid the scrub outside our side fence was an old friend of mine, Mr. Bush Turkey! I haven’t seen him for over six months now, and had feared the worst. Apparently, he left the area for a while, and has now returned and taken up residence in his old nest amid the scrub and small trees.

Hello there! Where have you been?
Hello there! Where have you been?

He’s not the prettiest of creatures, you must admit, but what he lacks in looks he makes up for ten-fold in personality, and he remembered me! As I said hello to my old friend, he ran to me, showing no fear. (I have been known to slip him the occasional treat to eat.)

The sugar mill in the valley, surrounded by cane fields.
The sugar mill in the valley, surrounded by cane fields.

Another notable sign that winter has returned is the smoke rising from the huge chimney at the Condong Sugar Mill. I can see the mill, way down in the valley, from the back of my house. The mill remains dormant throughout summer, awaiting the new stalks of growing sugar cane, harvested and brought to the mill by many local farmers during the winter months.

Leafless in winter.
Leafless in winter.

After my garden walk, I took the clothes off the clothesline, leaving my camera on a table on the veranda. A while later, remembering where I had left my camera, I collected it, at just the right time to see the muted tones of a gentle winter sunset. So pretty, and so much a sign of the season.

Subtle, and oh so winter.
Subtle, and oh so winter.

Ah winter, how I love the cooler months. 🙂

One of my friendly magpies, guarding their territory. Nesting has begun.
One of my friendly magpies, guarding their territory. Nesting has begun.
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11 thoughts on “Winter in My Garden

  1. Isn’t everything relative Joanne. Our summer time HIGHs are just above 23. It can go up to 30 here but that’s pretty unusual (and too darn hot for me). I think I’d like to live somewhere in the middle.

    Your Turkey is lovely. Ours are just plain black.

    It’s strange to me that you say it’s “Oh so Winter” when there are still lives on your trees.

    I love seeing your scenery.

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    1. Twenty-three degrees is really beautiful weather here Sybil, no matter what season it is, so it’s great mid-range weather. I thought you might like to see my “unusual” winter garden, with all the greenery! I really love to see your winter white landscapes, yet how would I feel if I had months of white outside the window? Hmm, I’m not sure….

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  2. Nice to meet your old friend, the bush turkey. He looks rather distinguished to me. 🙂 Thanks for the glimpses of your winter landscape – it helps me to picture you in your environment. Winter temperatures of 23C – incredible! Our average high in January (comparable to your July) is 3C!!!

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    1. I simply can’t imagine an average of such a low temperature, Barbara! I love the cooler months so much though, its the best time of the year for spending days in the garden here. I think I’d miss the garden terribly if I had to stay indoors for too long to keep warm.

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    1. Julie, we have more in common than just a love of gardening, I love boots and jackets! In our sub-tropical climate I can get away with wearing boots on cooler days, but unfortunately I can only wear light jackets here….better than no jackets at all though. 🙂

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  3. I’d love winter a lot more if we had temps like that. As always, I love the scenery from your part of the world – your wonderful birds and beautiful landscapes. Australia is definitely on my “bucket list”!

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    1. It’s a very diverse country, Karma, so if you plan on making a trip here it needs to be a long one! I’m sure you would love Australia, especially the climate. 🙂

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