The previous weekend we had had 3 inches of wonderful rainfall. The temperature however, remained in the mid 30's, with high humidity. My garden had been waiting for some decent rainfall to be replenished with mulch and some makeover here and there. Friday was my first free day and I was out loosening the soil by 6am. The early start didn't help. The sweat ran down my face all morning and it wasn't long before I was as red as a beetroot. Still, the soil was pliable after the rain, so the digging was done by 11. Exhausted, I jumped into the pool to recover. I seem to remember that a Nana nap may have taken place during the afternoon. On Saturday with the help of a wonderful friend, I spread cow manure, replanted and commenced mulching. Again, work had to stop by midday, because of the oppressive temperature.
With my laptop out of action, I took time during the afternoon to make use of the Apple Mac. At 5.45pm, I looked up and noticed, that the small amount of sky I could see, had a lovely golden glow. A quick glance outside had me racing for my camera.
My I-phone 5S took a better panorama than my Sony DSC - HX90V.
As the rainbow faded, the sunset colours drew me down to the ponds, hoping for some reflections..
Thankfully I stopped and looked west.
And north .....
The sky rapidly changed its colours. I snapped frantically.
The reflections on the ponds didn't disappoint.
Looking north again.
The birds, mostly Ibis, were already roosting, with prime views of this spectacular sunset drama.
The Common or Indian Myna birds weren't going to miss the spectacle either.
I moved too close to the Mynas and they suddenly took to the wing - I was a little slow to react!
New resting place.
The final molten sky, as the sun quickly sank below the horizon.
Wow, what an amazing 15 minutes. The sky was magnificent in every direction.
So what has this to do with autumn's arrival, you ask?
Well, we didn't know it at the time, but this was the prelude to the temperature dropping 15 degrees over night. The humidity also dropped dramatically and we woke to autumn crisp, blue skies. We've had a few more delicious showers and continue to marvel at these cooler temperatures. The days are noticably shorter and our energy levels have risen.
Living in the tropics, this is autumn!
On Sunday evening I sat outside reading, to await this night's sunset. It was wonderful to have to don a light jumper and trousers for the evening cool. The view across the now lush green, golf course. was a joy to behold.
The difference a week makes!
A light drizzle accompanied the Gaiter Girls on their hike around the Berrinba Wetlands, on Tuesday. We weren't bothered, as nature had more marvels to share with us.
Tranquil, Water Lily pond.
Across the water, centre, are magnificent, pink Water Lilies.
Across the water, centre, are Black Cormorants.
Our awesome kookaburra.
Juvenile Whistling Kites - I've never seen these before and was saddened to see them being hassled by a crow.
This has been an amazing week of enjoying nature's beauty. More to come soon.
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