‘False Spring Signal’
Mid-July and daffodils have begun to appear in Auckland parks.
A bit unusual.
This bright yellow flower was shot a couple of days ago,with the temperature sitting at a relatively balmy 17/18 degrees Celsius.
“Ooooh, spring is on its way”, people coo.
Monster, frigid, gales have since come piling in from the Antarctic and the southern oceans, bringing rain, general havoc and single figure temperatures to our part of the country.
Just going to show that sometimes things are not what they appear…
“All at once, summer collapsed into fall” – Oscar Wilde
Easter approaches – almost on cue summer disappears speedily, and the first autumn chills arrive.
Leaves start to fall; beautiful golden, reddish debris will soon cover the ground.
In the Southern Hemisphere ,Easter sits seemingly opposed to the new season, with its imagery of eggs ,new life and rebirth more redolent of spring.
But not really, as for every birth there needs to be the death of something ; there is no beginning without a prior ending….I know myself what it is like to have collapsed, fallen and then started afresh in life.
(PS: Grateful for the end of humidity, hot sleep-disturbed nights and mosquitoes!)