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Thursday, 8 June 2017

Autumn in Western Australia, Golden Valley Tree Park, Balingup

Leaves flutter down
    golden, orange, red, purples and dusky browns,
reflecting the hues of the late afternoon autumn light
   as it breaks through the sky's thin grey winter cloak,
and leafless branches
   stretch up toward the sun, shivering, 
stripped bare of their summer clothing. 
                                                                                                            by Jill, June 2017

My simple little ode to autumn, but still... here I have written and shared it. I've read a lot about "mindfulness" in the last couple of months, especially in a new magazine called "Breathe". Have you seen Breathe on your magazine shelves? 

Mindfulness is seeing, feeling, observing, absorbing, being still, just being..... or as Breathe says: "some of the key principles of mindfulness are, being open to new things, focusing on the present moment and being fully aware of what your body and mind are feeling."

Last week we went down to the Golden Valley Tree Park in Balingup, in Western Australia's south west, an hour or so from home.

 The area that comprises the park was first settled in 1898 by Frank and Margaret Cleverland.  Their home was built of bricks made from clay dug from nearby Yungerup Spring. The original 20 plantings of exotic species by Olwyn Cleverland during 1930-1940's has grown to an impressive world collection of over 250 species, represented by over 1000 individual specimens. The Park, which is heritage listed, is maintained by volunteers and sponsorship. From its first plantings over 100 years ago the the Golden Valley Tree Park is now the largest arboretum in Western Australia.

Australian trees are ever-green, so very little changes in the Australian bush in autumn, so the tree park is a lovely place to visit in autumn to see the blaze of fall colour. In fact any time of year the park gives up its delights. We are going to go back in spring to the Australian Collection when our bush is at its best with wildflowers.  I shared a post about the Australian bush in autumn a couple of weeks ago. Here is the link if you missed it - Down in the woods today

We knew we would be late for the autumn flush of colour, as we were last year, but still it was a lovely day, though a cloudy, with a slight rain drizzle, no wind and a temperature perfect for walking. 

There are pockets of startling bright gorgeousness. This is Tupelo Nyssa Sylvatica from the USA. 

there are paths to explore

places to sit

new fruits to discover. Thankfully many of the trees in the park are labeled. I 'usually' take photos of signs, as it makes it much easier to identify things later.  Here you can see clockwise from top left hand corner.... China Locust pod, Red Mexican Hawthorne, Mexican Hawthorne, Black Alder from Europe and West Asia, Chinese Pistachio, and Carob from the Mediterranean.

gorgeous leaves. Such a luscious treat for us evergreen Aussies. 

and there are places to shelter from the rain and watch it roll in over the hills in a misty cloud

 I hope you have enjoyed this little look at the Balingup Golden Valley Tree Park. I hope those of you in Australia or Western Australia try to visit some time. You might also like:

Thank you so much for stopping by. Do you have a tree park that you love to visit? Perhaps you'd like to tell us about it in your comments. I value your comments and look forward to hearing from you. I will try to visit your blogs in return. Have a wonderful week.

I am linking up to the link-ups below. Please click on the links to see fabulous contributions from around the world - virtual touring at its best!


Mosaic Monday
Our World Tuesday
Through My Lens 
Wednesday Around the World at Communal Global
Travel Photo Thursday
The Lovin' Life Team over at Lifestyle Fifty
Sky Watch Friday


  1. This is one of the prettiest places to visit in South West Australia during Autumn (I think). Your absolutely gorgeous photos have reminded me of what we've been missing while we've been away. Note to self: Put date in diary for next autumn to visit. In the meantime I'm gazing longingly at your pics!

  2. Duh. I forgot for a bit that it's autumn there.
    Beautiful images!
    Thanks for linking up at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2017/06/my-happy-place.html

  3. Such great color! We have a few months before w have our fall here in Oregon, USA!

  4. Lovely Jill. We had many beautiful trees (oaks and maples) in my hometown of Bendigo in Victoria and I remember the colours of the Autumn leaves vividly. Your photos remind me of here or it could even be a scene from the English countryside. :)

  5. Beautiful shots, I like seeing the opposite season down under.

    1. just as I enjoy seeing the northern hemisphere's winter images in summer here. Enjoy and thanks for visiting Carol.

  6. This is so lovely! Interesting how something that started small has become what it is today. Have a great weekend! #TPThursday

  7. I adore your gorgeous autumn colours and shots!

  8. A beautiful "Ode to Autumn" Jill - lovely pics.

  9. Your autumn colours and landscape is absolutely beautiful. Fantastic photos, well done!

  10. What a gorgeous ode to W.A. autumn colours and misty rain would be such a delight to experience.

  11. Gotta love autumn for its colours. Matches your blog perfectly! #teamlovinlife

  12. Autumn is a beautiful season. I'm glad you are enjoying it. I'm eager for more summer before autumn arrives here. Misty landscapes always remind me of the Bronte sisters and their novels.

  13. Absolutely breathtaking, Jill, what a fabulous legacy the Cleveland family created for all Australians to enjoy. Your shots as always are incredibly beautiful. What a pleasure it is to share them with you at Mosaic Monday this week, merci!

  14. Hi, Jill. What a beautiful area. I forget that you are going into Autumn in Australia and our summer is just beginning. Thanks for linking up this week. #TPThursday

  15. Beautiful Autumn images, Jill!


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