Changing Seasons: April

April in Canberra.

In many parks and gardens, autumnal trees flaunt their red and yellow leaves or let them drop onto a thickening blanket of colour.

My back yard is scattered with leaves from a crepe myrtle and ornamental grape, plants so beautiful in colour yet so sad as the branches strip off their leaves, remaining bare and to all appearances dying.

But looking at the trees lining Anzac Parade today I saw only the green of our native trees that don’t hibernate for the winter. On the lush lawns of the Australian War Memorial the white chairs are all in place for the Anzac Day services which more and more people are attending every year. On the day, Tuesday 25th April, great numbers of visitors will fill the chairs, and those who stand on the roads behind will watch and hear the services on huge screens. I popped down there this morning while the crowd size was navigable. And with the weather forecasters predicting an 80% chance of rain on the actual day, I realised that today (with about 0% chance of rain) was better suited for photographing April in Canberra for Cardinal Guzman’s ‘Changing Seasons’ challenge.

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5 thoughts on “Changing Seasons: April

    • I’m glad you like the photo. I took it 2 days before Anzac Day. I planned to be there on the actual day but it rained constantly from about 6am when the dawn service began and I didn’t want to stand in the rain. For the later service beginning at 11am, very few spectators hung around. Many of the white chairs in the photo remained empty. Normally there are tens of thousands people. I watched it on TV but it was still emotional. A number of men in my family have fought and/or died in wars.

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