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I am a photographer, writer and multi-media artist. Through my blog I am
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Monday, 20 May 2019

Autumn colour in Western Australia - Balingup

Hi everyone, how is life treating you? Life is busy here for me. In our little south west corner of Western Australia winter is showing its presence with cold mornings and evenings, and we have been lighting our fire each night to warm up our house and ourselves.  The clear warm days of autumn are beautiful, but we really do need rain as it is very dry out there in the paddocks and the farmers are desperately needing rain to get their grain crops going and are having to hand feed stock. 

A week or so ago we took advantage of the beautiful weather (beautiful for us at least) to visit the Golden Valley Tree Park in Balingup, which is undoubtedly one of the best places to see autumn colour.

Only about an hour south of our home, it makes for a perfect day out. The park features a collection of deciduous trees which are showing off their autumn colour right now. But you need to get there before the leaves have all fallen. To see this colour is amazing for us Western Australians as our native trees are all ever-green, so we don't get the full flush of autumn colour like people living in the northern hemisphere do. So visiting the Golden Valley Tree Park is very special. 

I've blogged about the Golden Valley Tree Park before - you can click on the links to revisit
Autumn - Season of Change
Autumn in the Golden Valley Tree Park

Despite the drying paddocks and the smoke haze from burning off when we visited this year, the park was still beautiful.

 So different to when we visited the year before when the paddocks were green.

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
Red Oak
I really love this avenue of Chinese Pistachios planted in 1999. 

Chinese Pistachio


I couldn't resist picking up some leaves to take home and print on paper. These are Red Maple and Bradford Pear

The Golden Valley Tree Park is a sixty hectare landscaped park set in the picturesque hills of Balingup. The heritage listed site has a collection of trees that was begun over one hundred years ago, and is now the largest arboretum in Western Australia. Many of the trees are labeled.
The Park is managed on a voluntary basis by a not for profit incorporated association, Golden Valley Tree Park Inc., (GVTP Inc.) in partnership with the WA Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
 Entry is free but a donation will help the work of our volunteers.

 To find out more information on the Golden Valley Tree Park, please click here Golden Valley Tree Park

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  1. So many warm-coloured leaves to collect!

  2. Beth Whyskowski20 May 2019 at 20:58

    What beautiful place

  3. Leaves to print, how intetesting. Happy mosaic Monday


  4. Love you captured Fall like a fairy tale dream here! Especially emphasizing the softness of these super bright colors! Before even reading it, I thought you would take some leaves to dry :):) and show at All Seasons how you included them once the art piece is done. Have a fantastic fall season Jill!

  5. Oh my! You are at the peak of your Fall colors! Love the oak trees and the pomegranite! Enjoy your week! It's HOT here right now but we expect that in Florida at this time of year. Hugs!

  6. Autumn is a beautiful time but I'm glad we are just heading into spring now. Our winter seemed very long. - Margy

  7. Looks like you are having a beautiful autumn Jill, wonderful pictures.
    Wren x

  8. Jill - it might be spring in Montana, but our temperatures feel like autumn/beginning of winter. I was joking with Hubby that we might need to light the fireplace again (just recently cleaned out for the summer). But as I look out the window at a dozen shades of green, it is hard to grasp the autumn colors in your photos! They are lovely … thanks for making time for Mosaic Monday this week - it is always a joy to have you!

    1. it is certainly autumn going into winter here though we desperately need RAIN!!!

  9. Lovely fall images! Hope you are having a good week!

  10. Beautiful autumn colours. Hope you get some rain too.

  11. Autumn is such a colourful time of year. Like you, we need rain, too. We have had a very dry spring so far and that doesn't bode well for the forest fires that burn in the summer.
    Have a good week and hopefully, a little rain!

  12. The colors are so gorgeous! I don't see much autumn color as Taranaki is covered with pine trees.

  13. We are heading into summer in Greece but the days are still gray and cloudy and the nights chilly. Strange weather this year. Beautiful photos. . .as always!!

    1. yes, by the end of the week it will technically be winter, but other than the cold nights it doesn't feel like winter at all. Happy summer to you!

  14. Wonderful colours - our streets were covered in leaves until the sweeper came round this morning. The leaves looked a lot better than the road does!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  15. Jill, Always enjoy your photos. Beautiful fall colors! Have a great week. Sylvia D.

  16. Hello dear readers. I have been away this week, so my apologies for not replying individually to you all. Thank you for your lovely comments. I really do appreciate hearing from you and will try to follow up on your blogs over the weekend. Have a lovely weekend whereever you are. xx


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