Sunflowers pick me up…

I made the weekly trip to my hometown of Toowoomba (Australia) yesterday.  It was a public holiday for the observation of Australia Day, so took advantage of the opportunity to go and spend some time with my ageing Mum.  While there I visited Toowoomba’s Queen’s Park, a large tract of land close to the inner city, that was transformed many decades ago into a beautiful location full of many varieties of advanced age trees and shrubs.  Annually in September, the city hosts its world-renowned Carnival of Flowers, which sees an amazing assortment of flowering plants on show. Even now, 5 months later, the gardens are still blazing with colour.

I took a number of photos, and this sunflower is one of my favourites. Sadly, just as I took the shot, the wind blew and the top was missed, but I still love it. The variations in colour of its leaves reminded me again of the versatility of sunflowers.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.  🙂

Sunflower magic

Seasonal colours…

I love DSC_6595this time of the year in Brisbane, midway through spring – though we don’t get to experience the identifiable changes of seasons like people do in so many other places, we do get to experience changes through colour.

For example, people in Brisbane will always know when it’s approaching exam time at the University of Queensland (which is located by the Brisbane River) due to the abundance of Jacaranda trees, which start flowering just as UQ students are preparing for their end of semester.

Right now, if one was to get to the Mt Cootha lookout high above the city, one would see hundreds of bright purple Jacaranda trees. If ever you have the chance, make your way to Grafton in northern NSW at the end of OctoberDSC_6589-2 each year, to experience the Jacaranda Festival.  I went a couple of years ago and was in awe of the explosion of colour.

That’s saying something considering I was born and raised in Toowoomba, Queensland, where in the early part of spring, yet another explosion of colour occurs, the Carnival of Flowers. Spring is definitely my favourite time of the year.  🙂