Mountain Clouds

In one week, another 416mm of pounding rain fell, flooding the creeks and closing the roads, strewing logs and stacking beaver dams at fences and bridges and crossings that got in its way. The skies cleared one evening and the moisture began to separate into creeks and clouds, as they should. It heralded the dawning […]

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As at my old Mountain, the sky here is as important for my visual delectation as the land. And I am as fanciful about what it offers. Like this sunrise, where the billowing white foreground cloud looked so like bushfire smoke, unlikely as that was, that I had to go out and sniff the air […]

One of the reasons I just have to live near mountains is that they never look the same. Sunlit or moonglowed, gaily golden, broodingly black or morning misted, their interaction with the sky and the light makes for a perpetually changing visual feast. As at my old Mountain home, I can never decide which I […]

Stormy subtropical weather does not suit me. I am pining for drier, higher climes… However, this climate does have its special effects that only happen here. Like this week.  A brief storm and shower, then the mountain lowered its clouds into the valley. But the day wasn’t over and the sun exerted its supremacy. As […]

Spring is here, with welcome rain freshening the creek, which had slowed and dropped alarmingly. Having only one tank here, when I used to have four, is nerve-wracking. Nights are still cool enough for a fire, and mornings are bright and crisp. Not so crisp as to make me want to stay in bed, however. […]

Here on the mid north coast hinterland of New South Wales it’s been feeling like the subtropics: storms, showers, searingly hot spells and perpetually high humidity. Not pleasant, unless you are plant life, for whom it’s boom time. To beat the heat, I get up very early — and so often begin the day with […]

January is always a time for sales and specials but I’ve been getting the best specials of all, as they’re free. Plus they are self-generating — no batteries! —  and ever-changing, so I never tire of them. Just as at my old Mountain, I arise early, rewarded by this sort of sunrise. Delivered in this […]

Now I am living on the mid-north coast hinterland, virtually in the subtropics, I am becoming used to high humidity and rapid changes in cloud behaviour and weather results. Thunder and lightning and stupendous short cloudbursts of rain… The ephemeral always fascinates me and there’s nothing so fleeting as clouds. As in my previous home, […]

The large man-made Lake St Clair can create fabulous effects at times. Sadly, many trees were drowned in its making, but their standing skeletons can be beautiful… and eerie. If I pass it early enough on a winter morning the sun hasn’t lightened the night’s cloud creations enough for them to totally dissipate and head […]

On the way up to my Mountain, I drive around a man-made lake. It’s actually Glennies Creek Dam, but the recreational part is called Lake St Clair. The highest knob towards the left is Mount Royal, sort of where I am heading for home. If you ignore the bits where the dead trees still stand […]

It’s been a while since I’ve seen a really vivid sunrise here — and that’s not because I’ve been lazing in bed! As winter draws on, I might well do that, but the days are just perfect at present. So this torrid beauty was an especially welcome gift — just to remind me. The colours […]

Being up and about early has so often gifted me unexpected and ephemeral sights here that I feel I’ve missed something – or might have – when I sleep in. At about 900 metres elevation, we do catch clouds often. They may be slow to lift, waiting for the new sun to warm them and […]

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