Our oak tree in winter. June 2015.

More autumn trees in my garden. May 2015.

Lots of sunny autumn mornings in May inspired a few sessions of backyard photography, featuring several of my deciduous trees, some tomatoes, and a robin.

Autumnal trees in my back yard. April 2015.

I have a large garden in Australia. There are three main parts to the garden: The Arboretum – we like to call it that, but it’s actually just a small former sheep paddock into which we’ve crammed as many trees as possible; the riparian area, which can only be planted with indigenous species; and the main garden that’s visible from the house, with the lawns, shrubs, roses, perennials, veggie beds, and more trees. I planted most of these deciduous trees between 2001 and 2003. The orchard, the gum trees, the cypresses, and some of the poplars were already there when we bought the property in March, 2000.

Autumn Blaze Maple

Watercolours and pen & ink on paper, 2009. A little painting of one of the beautiful Lipstick maples in my garden. It’s usually the first to turn red in autumn.