The quick and the dead

Images from this morning’s walk with Mouse.

The quick is the mangoes; a lavish crop of ‘commons’ in all the local trees, making a bid for immortality by fruiting well in harsh conditions. Also quick are the very early blossoms on the poincianas (aka Flamboyant Tree or Delonix regis), which normally flower for Christmas. All around the area, the trees are wearing enormous pompoms of brilliant scarlet flowers, almost as if they were waiting for an international convention of cheerleaders.

The dead is mostly everything else. Even the indestructible bougainvilleas have lost their green leaves, and the hot pink, purple and orange flowers are bursting forth on bare stems. Blossoms are falling everywhere, and any grass that isn’t irrigated is either brown and crispy, or already history.

On the upside, a little rain is forecast for the weekend. A couple of hours, not enough to restore the land, but it’ll make the fire danger just a little less. And a little more rain next week.

It had better be quick or there’ll be more dead.

32 thoughts on “The quick and the dead

  1. Gorgeous exotic fruit and flowers, but oh it must be a bit scary.

    • katechiconi says:

      Oh yeah… Some showers on Saturday, a short but intense rain on Sunday, and then more rain in the forthcoming week. How much and how long it’ll last isn’t clear, but anything is welcome.

  2. nanacathy2 says:

    The fruit looks wonderful. Hoping you get some rain to help the flora.

    • katechiconi says:

      Windy.tv is generally pretty accurate, so I’m hopeful of rain at the weekend and more during next week. But probably not more than 3 hours in total, and not a tropical downpour. Enough to settle the dust and save the grass.

  3. We’ve had rain – now it’s definitely YOUR turn! xx

  4. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    This is a bit of good news, I hope you’ll get more rain than predicted, you never know.

  5. Nature still manages beauty even in adversity. I really hope there is enough rain to soak into the ground and to reduce the fire risk.

    • katechiconi says:

      It will be a fine balance between the heat and the rain. Temperatures are in the low 30s C, and unless there’s a good deal of rain, a lot of it will evaporate quickly from the hot ground and make killer humidity. Enough rain will cool things down, at which point we won’t care about the humidity, we’ll be jumping up and down. Good rain is too much to hope for…

  6. Beautiful photos of your morning walk. You see things so differently walking and a dog helps you stop and notice. I’ll keep good thoughts for the rain. How are the eyes doing?

    • katechiconi says:

      You have time to really look at things, and if you pass the same stuff several times a week or fortnight, you can observe progress. When we first got Mouse, those mangoes were still flowers. The eyes are somewhat improved; one eye is nearly better, the other will definitely need surgery, although the infection is gone, together with a lot of the heat and swelling. A week to go till surgery.

  7. I’ll swap you some rain for some warmth ……..

  8. Dayphoto says:

    I am praying for rain for you!!!

  9. magpiesue says:

    Nature is pretty resilient, we must keep that in mind. Nevertheless, I’m also praying for rain for all of eastern Australia. And how are your eyes?

    • katechiconi says:

      And we’re praying that someone’s listening. The forecast is for a tiny bit of relief, at any rate. The eyes are a little better, surgery is just a week away now, and I’ll be very happy when it’s done and I can see out of my left eye without constant scratchiness and blurring.

  10. t.v. news photos here are terrifying. I hope you get rain, stay safe.

    • katechiconi says:

      We are fortunate to be well away from the worst of it, and our local fire service is leaping on every tiny outbreak with great zeal. But I am concerned about my sister down south in northern NSW, who is close to a big new fire and who will be finding the air hard to breathe just now.

  11. Rain 🌧 rain ☔️ so much needed in so many places … it’s amazing how nature showers us with fruit & colour in these harsh conditions 🌹

  12. Steph says:

    I looked hopefully at BoM when I read this, but no rain is forecast here. Much of Brisbane got a short sharp shower last week, but it missed us entirely. We’ve barely had 1ml this whole month. Scary.

    Glad you are doing better though!

  13. Such brave flowers in all that dryness. Imagining cool steady rain for dear Australia, especially where she burns.

    • katechiconi says:

      A nice 2 day torrential downpour, followed by 3 weeks of steady rain… We’d all go bonkers, but the fires would be done and our dams, watercourses and reservoirs would be replenished. On the other hand, there are many Australian species that actually need fire in order to germinate, the clearest indication that bushfires are part of our natural weather systems. It’s just, these days, they’re so huge, so hot and so hard to put out.

  14. It’s amazing what still produces or flowers, our garden is just hanging in… some thanks to the washing up water and other parts due to years of practised resilience.

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