I live in the tropics of Queensland, Australia, actually to be perfectly correct Gold Coast is the sub-tropics, but it is never cold and wintry. So when Jude started her new “garden photography challenge” with the theme for January of “winter” I had to go back in time to 2014 when we ventured into the cold of Canberra for a house sit in mid winter. All our Queensland friends thought we were crazy. Canberra has a reputation for its cold winter weather.
Cold it was, but not in your northern hemisphere type of miserable grey and drizzly cold. Most nights were chilly, around -1 to 5 degrees, but quickly warming to approximately 10 deg and a crisp, clear, blue sunshiny day. Quite exhilarating, when wrapped up with warm jacket, scarf and gloves to take the dog for a walk.
But one memorable morning we woke to thick fog and we went to Lake Burley Griffin to take photos. (see more of the walk here)
These photos were taken early in September that is, technically, the beginning of spring and the delightful signs of early spring blossom coated the branches.
But over in the Arboretum they had captured the spirit of winter by wrapping some of the trees in warm woolly scarves.
It is hard for me to find photos that say “winter”, so this is all I can find from the land of “Down Under”.
To see more of typical winter garden photos go over to Jude’s site.