Seasonal sensation on show

Keen photographer Matt Hiser captures the sensational colour of autumn in the Highlands.
Keen photographer Matt Hiser captures the sensational colour of autumn in the Highlands.

If you appreciate the stunning colours of autumn on show in the Southern Highlands then here’s a snap to savour. But time is running out to enjoy scenes such as this in 2018.

With winter just around the corner, and the recent cold and windy weather conditions, the colour of autumn is quickly disappearing – much of it now blows in the breeze on the ground.

Keen photographer, Matt Hiser snapped this autumn vision recently in Bowral. The mix of autumn colour is enhanced by the bright blue sky peaking through the leaves.

Have you ever wondered why some trees keep their leaves in winter while the leaves on others change colour and fall? Trees are categorised as deciduous or evergreen.

Leaves on deciduous trees change colour and fall during the cooler autumn months because the trees close up the little holes where the leaves attach so they don’t lose moisture. This makes the leaves drop off.

Evergreen trees don’t have to drop their leaves. They have more water than deciduous trees, their leaves stay green, and stay attached longer. Evergreen needles also have a very waxy coating that helps save water during summer and winter. 

Evergreens also tend to lose their leaves throughout the year, a little bit at a time.

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