A walk through Hagley Park today provided (as usual I would almost say) for stunning scenery. The oranges and yellows of Autumn are hard to beat. At the same time the beautiful greens of the Native Garden with all the ferns and was like a green oasis in the middle of the park.
But I guess it was upon passing a bed of poppies in all different colors that I could not help but thinking about the words of Jesus as recorded in Matthew 6:
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?
Matthew 6: 28-30
Hard to beat isn’t it?
It was strange seeing such a colorful, almost spring like display of colors.
11 See! The winter is past;
the rains are over and gone.
12 Flowers appear on the earth;
the season of singing has come,
the cooing of doves
Song of Songs 2
The winter has yet to start for real! However snow is predicted for today. It reminded me of a sing from my childhood in the Netherlands:
Het leek opeens een beetje Mei in October
(translated: Al of a sudden it seemed like May in October)
And here we would have to turn that around and say it seemed like October in May.
Earlier this weekend a walk with my oldest son in one of the many domains in and around Christchurch. It was beautiful in the forest.
A walk with the whole family from Corsair Bay to Cass Bay came with amazing skies as we started in relatively beautiful weather but it turned around with heavy clouds coming in from the sea. Early Dutch painters would have had a field day here.
So here some highlights, enjoy.
Autumn is setting in and it brings change. The colors of the leaves are changing,
and massive toadstools keep popping up.
the caterpillars fighting over the last bits of plant,
and the bees need a warm up in the morning before ready to fly off.
As for me the biggest surprise came when a hedgehog decided that it would be a good idea to take a rest right in between my guitar stands. It must have liked the sound of music.
While many of us in the Northern hemisphere are celebrating the start of the spring, the nice days, we here in New Zealand are ‘celebrating’ the start of Autumn: the coloring of the leaves and .. mushrooms, lots of them it seems. In the garden, as well as in the forest. Maybe I was not paying attention in previous years or maybe it has to do with the earthquake(s) but there seemed to be more of them this year than I noticed in previous years.
I have to say never before have I seen them freshly shot out of the ground so clearly, as the needles of the pine trees were still standing up around them.
They were everywhere in different shapes and sorts.
But I guess the highlight for all of us was to be greeted by a fantail, just as curious about us as we were about him or her.
More photos will be uploaded to my flickr photostream. See you there as well.