The autumn foliage can vary from year to year, from location to location and from tree to tree. But no matter how good — or disappointing — is the display the one thing you realise is just how fleeting it tends to be.
I guess the same happens in Spring with the blossoms — they take all year to work themselves into the frenzy required to punch out their colourful flowers but, in an instant, are past their peak and heading downhill only to commence the entire process once more.
But at least autumn leaves hang around for longer — either on the tree or around its base — and, as they do, provide some degree of colour right up until the bitter end.
Driving out late last week to head back to Sydney we were privileged to witness the day’s last rays light up one of the few trees at Leylandagreen still in almost full leaf. And we knew when we returned it would be as bare as those around it.