16 April 2013

Animals, birds, leaves, postcards

Closely watched animals


Closely watched birds

I wish to recommend Majura Birds. It is one of only a few Canberra blogs I check regularly. I found it browsing blogger profiles also set to Canberra. (An otherwise unrewarding exercise I must say). The photos are always getting better which makes it exciting. Check out this cormorant and the scarlet robins. As it says at the top, it was inspired by swanlings (sic). One of the parent swans died just before Christmas and I cried when I read about it!

Closely watched leaves

A few weeks ago, it seemed as if the oak leaves yellowed overnight and then the Manchurian pears provoked the eye, their branches covered in red oval-orbicular gems. The Liquidambar (styraciflua) are well known for their magnificent seasonal display. They are perhaps not as common northside as they are in, say, Manuka, but there are some in Garema Place.

Strange to see, not such an extraordinary sight, yet no small mystery. There in Civic, a cluster of four, but only one of them had leaves all passion's blush. The raiment of the others were an ordinary green. (Never any thing so not ordinary if you consider it.) How has this disparity in appearance come to pass?

A scientist might describe in many ways the recipe for this miracle; but what use have I for genetic insights? I wish to be a student of delight. Therefore, I assure you, secret agreement reached amongst these trees - in silent conclave signed off - the lustrous sights of autumn will not be rushed. The message passed where hidden roots did touch. Else consenus carried on the sussurating wind between leaf and leaf. Coming from root to trunk to branch to leaf, going to leaf to branch to trunk to root.

Thus it happened.

The trees took turns to make red.

A leaf in my backyard. Not sure what the name of the tree is. William perhaps?

Recent postcards

This is the smallest postcard I have ever sent. I saw this packaging in an Asian grocer and fell in love with it. I bought four more boxes next time I was there. The candles are actually quite good too, clearly because they have used the best material of the USA. It is always good to post things to people who live next door.



This one is rather self explanatory.



Somebody had a birthday and he plays golf.



Trust me





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