April is in the middle of Autumn here in Australia. After quite a few of cold and wet days, today is just warm and sunny. I took some photos around the garden. Many plants are still flowering. The Chrysanthemums seem to flower early this year and the sudden cold snaps have ruined some of the succulent plants along the foot path.

I saw some small white butterflies that were skipping up and down. It was very hard to take pictures of them. There were also some small golden brown insects flying around and I think they were some type of moths.  Who knows, perhaps  the Genista moths that are quite lucky to escape from death! (For those who don’t know, I just killed tiny caterpillars that ate the Genista leaves and they were supposed to grow into moths). Many bees were busily gathering nectars. The spotted turtle doves were singing along with the occasional cries of the Magpie larks. Common Black birds were tend to be quiet this time of the year. Even the golds fish seemed to enjoy the sun and they were swimming rapidly close to the surface of the water.

Note 28 Februry 2014: The tiny brown butterfly is the Australian Painted Lady (Vanessa kershawi). The Australian Painted Lady is remarkably similar to the Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui). It is differentiated by its smaller size, rarely exceeding 2 inches across its wings, and the blue coloration at the center of the four eyespots on its hind-wings


Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.
Yoko Ono

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