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Friday, November 21, 2008

Spring season transition. Can we give it a name?

As my Peonies open their last few blooms, I feel a sadness, an ennui, which is not shared by the plants and birds around me. But there is a definite transition occurring in Nature.
We European settlers lack the words for the seasons which I am sure the Aboriginal people have. I need a word for this particular "Shoulder Season". (Pls see "Comments" - my comments ought have been restricted to "temperate" zones of Australia, not tropical Australia - DJW)

Birds have mostly finishing their courtship and breeding (except for the Grebes I showed yesterday).
Swamphen and half-grown chicks
Domestic Duck and fluffy yellow ducklings.
Young Black Cockatoos are croaking along behind their parents, making those dreadful noises which they make. Magpies are now feeding their young. Baby Rabbits ("kittens") are flip-flopping around wherever the lush grass offers them some cover. The last Wattle of spring is just finishing. My garden has transitioned from the spring seasonal flush into the early summer season of Roses. A season of abundance and lushness. Perfumes fill the air.
Old- fashioned Roses sprawling everywhere.
"Felicite et Perpetue" and "Fantin Latour"
Blackberries are rampaging through my "choice" garden plants. They are growing inches per week.

Grasses are in full flower. The dandelions in my yard are in full golden flower - and desperately need to be cut before they set seed. The Hay-fever sufferers are in full "wheeze" - or will be when the Privet opens fully next week.

Our weather is alternating between mild, and humid days, to cold, windy Tasmanian weather (as forecast to arrive tomorrow). Nothing is stable.

I think this season ought be known as "transition".
Any better suggestions for the name for this season would be welcomed.

My colleague "Miss Eagle" raised the need for a new name for the need for better names for our Australian Spring season(s). My own contributions to that debate - the need for a name for the late winter/very early spring season - are available here and here.

I have sensed a similar need for a name for this current "shoulder season". It is certainly not summer, but Spring is definitely "over the hill". If anyone can help me with the appropriate Aboriginal name(s) for this season, (or your own contribution) I would appreciate it.


mick said...

Right now, I'd say you are lucky to see continuity in your seasons. Here in SE Queensland we are having storms that are being called the worst in 25 years. Others are saying we have never seen a series of storms like this before. Where I live has missed the worst - but its still been a bit frightening. The thunder and lightning from a tropical storm has to be experienced! A storm line passed through the other morning about 2am and we got 70mm of rain in a couple of hours. Each morning has been bright and sunny and hot but by afternoon the storms build up and then hit. There's more predicted for this afternoon!

Denis Wilson said...

Hi Mick

I was aware (but failed to spell out) the limitation of my suggestion. Of course it will not apply to you in southern Queensland. Even less applicable to Tony in FNQ.

You are certainly getting a lashing at present. I hope some of the water is landing in the catchments for Brisbane, and the Mary River. Is any of it landing west of the Divide? That might help the Murray Darling System.


Hang on to your hat, meanwhile.
We have 40 Knot (approx 80 Kph)winds forecast for this morning. Those damned Tasmanians ought learn to keep their weather at home, instead of sending it up to us.


Joe said...

I though tof you the other day. I was watching a documentary on PBS about the parrots of Australia. It was a great show.