10 April 2014

Homage to Autumn in Auckland

Auckland has quite a temperate climate so we don’t really get a lot of autumn colour – at least, nothing like the spectacular multi-coloured images you see from those places that get snow and sub-zero winter temperatures. But, if you look hard – or get down on the ground in the park, you can find traces of vibrant colour.

This ivy-covered concrete wall borders the southern motorway in Mt Hobson Rd, Newmarket

‘Winter is an etching, spring a watercolour, summer an oil painting, and autumn a mosaic of them all.’ ~ Stanley Horowitz

In Auckland Domain

‘Come little leaves’, said the Wind one day. ‘Come to the meadows with me and play. Put on your dresses of red and gold; for summer is past, and the days grow cold.’ ~ George Cooper

An ivy-covered wall in Dacre Street, inner-city Auckland

‘The time for longer, more everlasting contentment is in the autumn of our lives.’ ~ Albert Emerson Unaterra

Ivy on a building wall at the University of Auckland

‘Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower.’ ~ Albert Camus

In Auckland Domain

‘Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.’ ~ Emily Bronte

A gingko tree in Auckland Domain

‘Autumn carries more gold in its hand than all the other seasons.’ ~ Jim Bishop

Auckland Domain

‘Autumn wins you best by this its mute appeal to sympathy for its decay.’ ~ Robert Browning

Back of the George Fraser Gallery building in Princes Street, Auckland

‘Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile’ ~ William Cullen Bryant

Parnell Rose Gardens

‘Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.’ ~ Samuel Butler

On a building in Dundonald Street, inner-city Auckland

‘Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.’ ~ Elizabeth Lawrence

Gingko trees in Eden Crescent in inner-city Auckland

‘How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and colour are their last days.’ ~ John Burroughs