The first day of the last month of winter

August 1st, the first day of the last month of winter in Australia, the promise of spring is in the air. Clear blue cold skies hang above the Michelia  doltsopa, growing outside the back door. It’s beautiful scent hangs teasingly in the air, exploding into a mass of flowers, it calls me outside to enjoy the chilly winter sunshine.

Michelia Doltsopa 1

Magnificent flowers larger than my hand

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Buds tightly clothed with bronze and green

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The bud throws off it’s cloak


and flowers magnificently

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turning it’s fragrant face towards the sun.


26 thoughts on “The first day of the last month of winter

    • Sarah, I still can’t read your blog, for some weird reason, it’s in miniature on my computer. I can see you’ve done a lovely tree but cannot read the text :(. I don’t know why my computer has done this!

      • I’m saddened that my blog shows up so odd for you. I wish I knew what to tell you to do about it. Perhaps I’ll send a message to WordPress asking them about it.
        I didn’t actually draw the tree…should have mentioned that in the blog! The text was discussing the “draw a tree” exercise used in art therapy. I was just offerring to help people gain insight into the trees they draw by asking themselves questions about it. Just a nice art journal exercise. I’ve gotten behind in posting as I have been down in bed for a while with my health. If you’d like to participate I can send you a copy of the post by message or email if you like. Just draw a tree…using what you like to do so. Peace to your heart, Sara

      • I’m sorry to hear you haven’t been well, I hope you feel better soon. If you have time I’d love it if you could send me an email of your tree post 🙂

  1. Absolutely lovely Jen . I do love looking at flowers close up like this .. the centre makes me think of a star burst of a pencils dipped in cream …

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