Fading Away

Early winter here in New Zealand, the (deciduous) trees are shedding their leaves. I love the autumn season but still sad to see those lovely colours falling to the ground to slowly fade, waste away and decay. Still pretty though, when we did a local walk on 05 June.

Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Photos taken by Liz

— all taken at the one spot, under the same tree

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Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2020)

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  1. The first thing that came to mind, aside from how quickly the spring season is passing here, was the crunchy sound all those leaves would make. I am happy that you have reduced Covid worries and can enjoy autumn more fully.

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    1. Back in mid-autumn Nigel did a little video on his cellphone of me crunching through leaves that were piled on the sealed road – further up the street where we live. They sounded wonderfully crunchy!

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  2. You might find it hard to believe, Liz, but autumn is my favorite season. The autumn weather still has moments of sunshine and the days are temperate as the nights start to cool off. I love the shades of red, yellow, and orange as the leaves start to change colors.

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    1. I don’t really find it hard to believe! In some ways autumn is the best season here with generally more settled weather than the other seasons. We’re getting a pretty good autumn this year but much of it was spent stuck inside due to Covid so we missed being able to travel around in the best of it. Today the Govt is making important decisions about going down to Level 1 this week – it that happens it’ll feel pretty normal apart from the border being closed.


      1. That’s great news, Liz, about potentially moving to Level 1. As you are undoubtedly away, many places, including where I live, still have heavy restrictions–restaurants are still not able to serve customers indoors, and there have been a number of places in the US where the number of covid-19 cases have shot up when things started re-opening. We still have a long way to go until things start to feel even remotely close to normal.

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          1. Thanks, Liz. My photography helps to keep me from feeling overwhelmed by all that is going on. I also have been attending short church services each weekday night for the last couple of months. The service is called Compline and is part of an old monastic tradition that has been adopted by the Episcopal church here in the US. After each service, the 15 or so folks participating via Zoom usually linger to talk. Last week we talked a bit about the evolution of the Book of Common Prayer and how other groups of Anglicans have their own book that they use. Something that one of the pastor said prompted me to order a copy of the New Zealand Prayer Book (He Karakia Mihinare O Aotearoa), which apparently is a bit more innovative than the one that we use.

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        1. We’re officially descending to Level 1 at midnight tonight. I (and I’m sure that many others) pray that it’s not too soon. I have high hopes but remain extremely watchful.

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  3. I love autumn, and I agree with Ann Mackay, these pictures have a great mellow feeling to them. It’s always hard to believe there’s a part of the world going in fall, when we’re headed toward midsummer.

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    1. Sometimes I find it hard to believe myself, there’s so much content on social media that comes from the northern hemisphere compared to what I come across from the southern hemisphere!


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