Friday, May 05, 2006

Autumn colours

It's starting to get a bit chilly these days now that we're TWO THIRDS through Autumn! It was certainly a shock coming back from tropical Hainan to 9°C temperatures (at 6am), but I'm starting to get used to it now.

Anyway, I'd forgotten the nice thing about Autumn - watching the leaves change colour. There's an avenue of trees outside my building (at work) which I love looking at and watching the effect of the seasons. They're doing some major construction work at the moment (they've just completed the demolition phase) so it's not as pretty as it once was... but at least they saved the trees that would have otherwise been demolished. They pulled them out with a big chunk of dirt and they're now sitting on the lawn outside my building (hence the lack of trees on the left hand side of the above picture).

In Winter the trees are so bare, and then they start budding in Spring and the street is awash with white blossoms before the leaves appear for Summer. It's really quite lovely!

added 6 May 2006

I managed to take a picture of the trees in boxes. The weirdest thing was that they had green leaves when they were first taken out of the ground. Within a few days the leaves had all turned red, then fell off. And now if you look closely, they have buds on them! How bizarre!

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