Autumn in a Sydney Garden: grasses dress a wall

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Comments (10)

Tamás Borbély on March 26, 2008

Very artless and beautiful composition Ian ! My best wishes, Tamás

EVA_L on March 26, 2008

Nature is the best decorator. Thank you, Yan, for the trip in a summer, distant, but such beautiful, the colours of which were yet saved by the first month of autumn. Eva

Ian Stehbens on March 26, 2008

Dear Tamas,

The simplicity of the image appeals to me, too. It is indeed a display of artistic beauty and I am very glad that you appreciated it, Tamas. The wall is the base of a shopping centre and the garden is in a ribbon of parkland along the Parramatta River.


Dear Eva,

It gets very hot just there in summer as the wall faces north (to the sun) and reflects much light and heat, but the planting of this hardy Australian species of grass breaks the heat for the lawn and the rest of the garden. Otherwise it would become a very dry, bare area otherwise. The gardener has chosen well. And this grass will look just the same in winter, still green, still growing, for it is a perennial plant.

Unlike your garden in winter, there is no snow here. Most native plants grow throughout the year, and there are as many plants flowering in winter as there are in summer. The plants introduced from Europe, such as bulbs, may flower in spring and are planted now as bulbs, but many of our native plants bloom when it is cooler. July in mid-winter will be a very yellow month when acacias are in bloom.

I was mowing yesterday afternoon, and in one area of our lawn there are freisias that are now shooting from the ground. They appear at the beginning of autumn and flower in winter and are gone by spring.

Maybe that is a surprise for you.

I really do love walking and working in the garden, and I am delighted that you can join me through Panoramio.


juan jose romero on March 27, 2008

Compliments for the beauty of your last upload!! This photo (Autumn in a Sydney Garden: grasses dress a wall) is very muchon the line of your work that I prefer: the very ARTFUL emptiness, that you really master! Congratulations, Juan José

M and R on March 27, 2008

Looks like a dust storm in the background, not a wall. Like it. R

Majlend Bramo on March 27, 2008

Really a great composition, I love the sky

Cheers Ian

© SisAnnick on March 27, 2008

As usual, dear brother Ian, the simplest: the best...

Ian Stehbens on March 31, 2008

Dear Juan José,

Thanks for your affirmations again. I have learnt to love camera time in the garden, thanks to your coaching and enticing. You produce so many varied and artistic images from a paved promenade and of your own special palm tree, so I am being enticed to see gardens through a lens.

Kindest regards,


wojtex on April 19, 2008

Well done composition. Additionally, the wall looks like a sky over a infinite dessert. Greetings from Poland, Wojtek.

Ian Stehbens on April 20, 2008

Thankyou Wojtek. It is interesting how simple images can carry more than one visual idea. It happens often I think.

Thanks for your visit and comment.


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Photo taken in Parramatta CBD, Parramatta NSW 2150, Australia

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