Pun on words again and this is another of my irreverent posts on photography, just because I can. I was going through photographs that I’d taken over a number of weeks this year during Autumn and Winter at Mossvale Park, while taking our hounds for a morning run, and I kind of liked some of the results and explored them in more detail. I often take photographs of things that catch my eye, but don’t always do anything with them immediately and that means photographs can sometimes sit in a folder for quite some time before I revisit them. When I do revisit them, things can coalesce and thus arose this post. It’s all about leaves and the character they bring to the landscape.
As I’ve written before, Autumn is a wonderful time of year in many parts of Gippsland, especially where you find European trees. When the cold weather starts to roll in, the deciduous trees begin to change from greens to glorious bright reds, yellows and oranges and everything in-between, before the onset of Winter. And the colder the climate, especially the mornings, the more vibrant the colours that are displayed. In our part of South Gippsland, the Autumn weather can be a tad warmer than further north, so the onset of colours can take longer, not happen to the same extent, or not happen at all, though the latter is pretty rare.
It’s always a moving feast as to what you might find on the trees or on the ground, as every day can produce something different and in different locations in such a large park. There are all sort of nooks and crannies in the park and each one produces a slightly different micro-climate that affects the way in which the trees react to the changes in weather. Some areas are quite exposed, while others are small(ish) forests protecting each other. And with the river flowing around the park, that too must affect the way things change.
It’s been a bit of a mixed bag this Autumn and the most prevalent colours have been the yellows and oranges, with the morning sunlight allowing the colours to glow when back lit. Maybe next Autumn I should be more focussed on looking for these things but, more often than not, I just tend to be spontaneous in photographing what catches my eye, rather than specifically looking for subjects of this nature. Additionally, having to keep a watchful eye on what the hounds are doing doesn’t help if you want to look for things to photograph.
And now that Winter is upon us, it’s all somewhat bare at the park and the mornings have been very cold and frosty indeed, well below zero at times. The Autumn leaves that still lie on the ground are covered in hoar frost each morning, as is just about everything else, at least until the sun rises and warms things up just a tad. So it’s kind of fun to look for the different scenes this morning spectacle brings each day.
And even some of the fresher leaves manage to fall away and settle on a park bench, where they provide a temporary show of nature’s artwork. While it can be bitterly cold in the morning, it’s a time of day when things are at their best at Mossvale Park and it won’t be long before it starts to green up once again in readiness for Summer. However, I feel that it’s going to be a long Winter this year and it looks like it’s going to be one of the coldest for some time, and that can often mean that Spring isn’t going to bring forth weather to bask in either. We’ll just have to see what comes.
Anyway, the changing seasons are always enjoyable, as is the ever changing landscape in the region. I’ve been keeping my fingers crossed for a good dusting of snow, but unfortunately, it’s not often that it snows at our altitude.