Japanese maples in autumn glory - a Botanic Garden treat

How lucky I was to visit the Wellington Botanic Garden two days ago, for a short time in the afternoon.  It was a bright clear day.  Because it is late autumn the rays of sunlight are at a lower angle, creating contrasty and dramatic effects, intensifying colours and shapes.  So when I walked through the gate my attention was immediately caught by the drama of brilliant orange-red foliage in the rock garden.

Japanese maples!  I love seeing these little trees, with their delicate beautifully coloured leaves.  They are precious to me too because in my windy exposed garden the leaves would rapidly become a dessicated crispy brown - alas, there is no point in my trying to grow them.  But what a sight!

A combination of the light and lucky timing - peak brilliance. 

Further into the gardens, a collection of mature trees provides shelter and shade.  Some larger Japanese maples were lighting up a path in glorious gold, orange and green.

And on a very shady bank beside a little stream, the theme of gold, orange and green was repeated - bright Japanese maple leaves beside the rich green of clivia foliage and ferns.

That night and since then - gales blowing, grey grey grey leaden skies (get the picture?) and torrential rain. 

I am so happy that I seized the time and could enjoy the transient glory of this autumn foliage (koyo in Japanese.)