Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Nature as Art

I think Autumn is my favourite season. I am constantly amazed at the incredible colours and gentle still days we are having. Recently, I was driving up the highway to Launceston and I was struck by the sheer beauty of the countryside - the colours of the large trees as they turn from green to golden yellow and orange are exquisite. Even in our own small garden the Paper Bark tree has put on its coat of many colours this Autumn and reminded me how beautiful and inspiring this season is. It is one of the many joys of living in this Island State that we are blessed with such distinct seasons.

Ever since my daughter was little we have always collected leaves. We have pressed them, collaged them, made books of our leaf collections, sealed them between waxed paper, painted and drawn leaves and decorated our house with them.  I have to admit we are still doing this and probably always will. Every walk we take is concluded with sharing the contents of our pockets and our latest finds and this almost always includes beautiful leaves.