Life and Death

Good Friday commemorates the suffering and death of Jesus Christ at the crucifixion. Easter in the southern hemisphere falls in autumn so the seasonal context is way different to that of northerners. I’ve kept these pics of red fall foliage for today (taken locally on Monday, 29 March 2021). Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand.

It’s really struck me recently how different the ‘feel’ of Easter is north/south. In the north new life emerges while here in the south flowers and foliage are now in decline. Thankfully the foliage goes out in a blaze of colour!

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Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2021)

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    1. A baby Easter bunny and new shoots, so lovely! Here there’s an odd mix of beautiful blooms and dead heads, often on the same plant. Bright leaves, drying leaves, fallen leaves. Beauty and fading away, and decay, all at the same time. Tonight we put our clocks back an hour and it’s bittersweet really. For a while we’ll have more light in the mornings but the evening will close in quickly – I’ll have to get up earlier I guess (says she who’s not a morning person haha).

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  1. The red of the leaves is a reminder of blood – the great symbol of life and death – how appropriate! It’s always interesting to me to see you going through the opposite seasons to us – makes me feel more hopeful in winter to have the reminder that it’s always summer somewhere!

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    1. We’re not getting many blue days like this one was – a rare treat among many a grey. It’s strange trying to come up with Easter theme photos in autumn – but interesting! I don’t think I’ve tried to do it before.


  2. The turning of the seasons is interesting, and being able to compare seasons around the world is even more so. Just now, some of our shrubs are putting on new growth in a blaze of red glory.

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