Unlike Alice in Canberra we don’t get to see such spectacular autumn colours. Here in Busselton our altitude above sea level is almost zero, we don’t suffer from frosts and we’re a little higher in latitude than our nation’s capital city. All those variables combined suggests that leaf colour during autumn is usually devoid.
However, the closer we get to winter we are treated to such a (minor) magnificent display as the leaves colour and fall all in the same week. Our silver birch here have only just begun to colour and they will be bare within the next couple of days. My magnolia was the same and all that’s left is a spindly stalk with tiny buds protruding from branch tips.
Some of our close neighbours have oaks and elms and even they’re only recently starting to colour and fall. I think I’d like to witness an autumn where leaf colouring went on for some time and had such vivid colours displayed.