What a Weekly Photo Challenge: Green. For me, green is the colour of relaxation, of growth, of renewal as in last week’s post. Green happens after rain, verdant in winter, rich and prolific in spring, dies down to rustly yellow from mid summer to when we get rain – sometimes not till the following late winter.
Green fills spaces against the sky, softens edges in cities, broadens the restricted spaces in gardens by concealing boundaries, conflating their corners and walls with that sense of upwardness and foreverness that growth has.
And yes, for me, green is the world outside my door (though I am wearing green nail polish at this moment & no – you can’t have a photo), the lining of streets and the pools of green, dappled shadows in parks and people’s gardens.
So come with me up the green dappled path into a small sample of my world of Green
It’s a background to everything, green – even a willy wagtail staking his territorial rights on my garden gate
The bed of the beautiful rose
background for the simple & simply lovely daisy and a background for this tiny native violet
& the grey green makes a mysterious backing for the equally mysterious (& slightly sinister) borage flower
Green is the background and reason for lilies and all flowers, pretty (as these are) and otherwise
The grey green of Australian native trees becomes emboldened and something wholly other when their flowers come: bottlebrush (a spiky looking untidy tree) and the untidy, chaotic peppermint tree
Green is the beginning of flowers: their support & backing: their promise
& reflected green endows water with a sense of something else – a magical intimation of otherness: Hyde Park’s island photographed in August when the ponds were still clear enough for reflections, and a duck on a small lake that reflected native greenery on the other side:
City green? Sometimes it looks quite striking, although the real ‘real’ green puts the ‘manufactured’ greens in a pallid light – to me, at least.
At other times, it brings a sense of the natural world into the built environment: the end of Pier Street in Perth’s CBD. These are the beginnings of the gardens surround the Governor’s Residence and the Supreme Court.
Then above Perth’s CBD, we have King’s Park – looking down onto the freeways leading out of the city is a verdant oasis:
and wildflowers carpet spaces of intermittent green:
the green of the south-west Kangaroo Paw
A Grevillea nestled amidst odd green foliage and a Geraldton wax – purple amidst its green needles
contrasting the northern hemisphere greens: an oak – with native Australian trees:
Then there is green when the sunlight is at just the right angle to turn it golden green – Hyde Park:
and the luxurious green of lawn striped with shadow
the alien green of palm against other foliage
and the unreal green of the beautiful (if feral) new leaves on a weeping willow
and the greens around a path in Hyde Park
but best of all: the green of massed foliage made brilliant by Spring’s new growth
or new leaves on old plane trees in sunlight – Hyde Park
I enjoyed searching through my files of greenery & I hope you enjoyed my selection 🙂
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