Heartbreak after a little walk in mtlawleyshire

It was only a little walk today – to the post office and back, but of course I took my camera.  It was a strange day – clouded and far too warm for this time of year.  Everything is out of sorts.

First, before I left, I had a wonderful surprise this morning: my magnolia flowered.  I have been watching this flower form for what feels like ages and this morning it opened, filling my courtyard with its beautiful perfume


and its glowing heart:

I caught the sunset as I walked down Beaufort Street, the colours behind the city were soft, almost beguiling:


behind trees as I walked home:

and the colours in the east:

The trees were lovely.  These are in the carpark:


This tree is behind a brick wall in someone’s garden:

and I met some friends on the way home:

This fellow was very personable and came up for cheek rubs

This one was very shy but wanted to talk.  Then someone came up the road and she scampered back inside before we got to the cheekrubs:

This young fellow I have known since a tiny kitten and he is very playful.  He wanted my scarf 🙂


and of course she was waiting for me when I got home:

Lots of purrs.

But now – the heartbreak.

This is a picture of a diseased lemon scented gum – or maybe a young white gum.  It is one of the three, growing tall and graceful in the carpark.  This one looks to be as tall and graceful, and it is, but – for this.

Later, this evening, there was a program talking about the deaths of trees all over the world.  In all the great forests.  And here, in south-western Australia. Last summer, it was so hot, so dry, that trees that have stood for hundreds of years died in a few weeks.  These are some of the toughest trees in the world and they are dying. They are so weakened by drought, by the rise in temperatures which in Perth and the south-west is faster than most other places, that the trees have reached their limits.  The forests are dying and with them, the beautiful birds and animals.

And it is here, in Mt Lawley.

I am very sad tonight.  All over the world, the trees are drying.  All trees, no matter what type – in the Amazon, in Turkey, in Greece, in the great forests of the Canadian and American Rockies – all types of trees, all dying.

Here, it is all types, and those that aren’t dying are not producing seed and they are no longer growing.

A world without trees. How can we even begin to countenance that?

23 comments on “Heartbreak after a little walk in mtlawleyshire

  1. eof737 says:

    It is sad.. some can be saved if treated but others can’t. Part of our urban global decay. 😦


    • It’s terrifying. THey can help individual trees, sure, but there are so many that it looks as though forests will die, here and in the great forests overseas.


  2. HoaiPhai says:

    Yes, the tree epidemics are really sad. I grew up in the Province of Quebec where the silver birches were dropping like flies. As a child I heard about the contributions the birch made for Canada… the natives showed the early European settlers how to make a tea from them to cure their scurvy, the natives used to make many things from the bark, such as canoe skins, etc.


    • It’s heartbreaking. It really is. A friend of mine just shrugs it off and says something will take their place, but I’m wondering if she realizes that teh trees she takes for granted on her camping trip will be gone in 4 years. Dead. Great forests here. The ones down south. And that means all the animals and birds – all gone. I’m not sure I want to live in a world without trees 😦


  3. Chris says:

    Hi Keira,

    The global loss of trees is both a tragedy and a catastrophe. I think we will rue the day we stalled acting on the climate change issue. I could only note that the ABC decided to follow the program about the global tree loss with one giving climate deniers (like Nick Minchin and Clive Palmer) carte blanche to present their anti-science gibberish. A truly shocking abandonment of the national broadcaster’s duty to inform the public! And that is from the ABC, the supposedly “intellectual” channel. I truly don’t know what it will take to wake people up. I can only hope we see some rain this winter!


  4. We can rage, we can weep but you’re right, in the end all we can do is record.


  5. The day I see the blooms open on the magnolias is my own official first day of Spring. Lovely photos! 🙂


    • you must be in the northern hemisphere 🙂 Here it is supposed to be Autumn (though it’s so warm that many flowers are blooming and they shouldn’t till after winter), and I can’t see any more flowers coming, so maybe we will get autumn & winter this year. Thanks for commenting.


      • Yes in Canada. I think it would take some time for me to get accustomed to seeing trees and flowers blooming in the Fall, but I’d love to give it a try 🙂


      • In Australia, because the winter is severe only on a few isolated spots, there is usually something flowering at any time of the year. This year, however, the wrong things are flowering along with the right things. And the bulbs in my garden are coming up and we haven’t had Autumn let alone winter. Only a month ago, it was still heatwaves conditions with days of 40 degrees. 😦


  6. niasunset says:

    Dearest Keira, it makes me sad too… This is not good… Trees our life… everything… without them life can’t go on… In your photographs I can see how great trees you have there… Fascinated me again. And it is amazing magnolia has a flower in this season, I mean in autumn… is it normal? Actually I don’t know so much about botanic but magnolia in here we are used to see them during summer… Everything is being confused I think… seasons, climates, plants, animals,…. You captured so beautiful photographs as always… I am walking with you too and I love to find your cat waiting for you always…. But seems that there was a visitor too today 🙂
    I wonder something, do you have snow during winter days dear Keira, do you live hard winter days… Thank you for this beautiful post, have a nice day, with my love, nia


    • Thank you, Nia. It is still very warm here, so the mafnolia still flowers. And no, there is no snow here. It has snowed twice in recorded history. Our nights can go down to 0, but not this year, and not last year. Now it is just warm all the time. I love the colder weather. Perth does not know cold weather, and as my post says, the hot weather is becoming hotter for longer and even our very hardy trees can’t take it which is why trees that took 400 years to grow die in 2 weeks. So snow crystals would not live for long either 😦
      And no, there weren’t visitors here, when I walked I met other ‘cat friends’ – I have a few around the neighbourhood 🙂
      Keira xxx


  7. nellibell49 says:

    Here in Northern NSW, we had a different season entirely. It was a colder than average Summer with almost constant rain. Many of our roads are now canopied by the trees and its luxuriant in the Valley. I have not seen it like this since I was a little girl.


    • I have been watching the weather over there and thinking the wilderness must love it. Most of the news is to do with farming, but I can’t help thinking of all the places withered by fires and drought. They must be loving it.
      Sadly, for the great marri forests here, not even rain will help now.
      Thanks for commenting 🙂


  8. Anna says:

    Please do not be sad – I know there are terrible diseases but the trees will survive, I have no doubt! There has always been terrible diseases – we had Dutch Elm disease wiping out most Elms in England – but a new breed of Elms have appeared that are immune to the bug causing it. I wonder if this will cheer you up http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2135299/Brit-bought-cut-price-island-Seychelles-50-years-ago–lives-blissful-solitude.html – and if the link even works.
    Congratulations to the beautiful Magnolia! – Magnolias have withstood millions of years of climate change, haven’t they….xxx


    • Oh I love that link 🙂 Thank you!
      But sadly, no, hte trees are not suriving, and the problem is so huge over the world that no-one knows what to do. Here, within about 10 years, the marri forests will be gone and with them, so much more. In fact, they do not know what will happen, except already some birds are dying out because of the loss of habitat and food. I suppose plantation timber will be planted in the space left behid – monocultures. Not good for anything except human consumption 😦 It’s the length and strength of the drought and the temperature increases here – the heatwaves last summer killed trees that had taken 400 years to grow – in two weeks. Other trees are so stressed they are vulnerable to all and any disease and that’s what’s killing the marri forest. The trees we see now, in fullbloom with green glossy leaves, will be dead in 4 years of an untreatable canker. It is so hot for so long, you see, that to prevent losing precious water from their leaves, they are starving. It is the heat that is killing them – slowly – and leaving them weakened and unable to fight off fungus and borers and anything else.
      And yes, the magnolia is an age old survivor, but mine wouldn’t survive unless I watered it every day.
      So I shall continue loving my trees for as long as they are here and hoping that something happens to help them.


  9. bulldogsturf says:

    It is photos like these that had me walking around today looking for shots that I’m not used to making. I stand in awe of those that I follow like yourself, that pops out for a walk and returns with photos of outstanding quality, as well as great composition. I have so much still to learn in this field and I thank you for taking these wonderful photos, they are all a lessons for me.


    • Thank you 🙂 A lot 🙂 And I guess it goes to show that we all learn from each other. I am merely one small person with an equally small camera (one day, I’ll get a dSLR of dome sort but for the moment, stick with my trust – & very good – Canon point-and-shoot). I’m so glad you enjoy them. 🙂


  10. Lucky you with a flowering magnolia, and such a beauty!!! 🙂


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